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FNO Artists: Molly Hardison

MOLLY HARDISON


FNO_MollyHardisonMolly Hardison’s Sympathetic Nervous
System evokes a deep sense of happiness and calm. Using materials that arouse each of the senses, Molly hopes to create a space that promotes feelings of bliss and euphoria.

Molly Hardison is an installation artist who enjoys working with nature, free and found. Often constructing otherworldly stages that stimulate an array of senses, while interspersing the natural with manipulated natural. Molly  graduated from Smith College in 2006 with a degree in Studio Arts. Since graduating she has had two solo shows at Unite in Northampton, and was the artist for their Peace window. She also creates one of a kind jewelry that juxtaposes semi-precious gemstones and seed beads. She loves dogs, and other people’s children. 

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
I’m drawn to producing works outdoors, so the idea of a confined space with detailed parameters intrigued me. I see this as a perfect opportunity to test a few of my theories and engage with the public in regard to what makes them “happy.”

SEE MOLLY HARDISON’S SYMPTATHETIC NERVOUSSYSTEM
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

MOBILE ART BOX #3
100 MAIN ST.
(corner of Maple + Main)
FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

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FNO Artists: Denis Luzuriaga

DENIS LUZURIAGA
FNO_luzuriaga_02Denis Luzuriaga
‘s The Future is a multimedia installation that deals with language and communication. Specifically, what happens when an attempt at communication breaks down because of technological rather than language barriers. In an era when the methods for communicating are so extensive, how is it that “the message” so often fails to get through? Instead of helping us to speak directly and with clear meaning in any language, technology seems to have given us so many choices that one becomes unsure of which is the best method. An unanswered phone call usually signals one to send a text instead (don’t leave a voice message, dummy). But will that text ever be read? Am I making myself clear?

Denis Luzuriaga was born in Quito, Ecuador to a German mother and Ecuadorian father. He spent his formative years in the US, Brazil, and Ecuador. Luzuriaga combines video, painting, and sound in what can be termed “sense-scapes.” His installation pieces rely on the subtle use of materials, and careful integration into new or existing spaces. He lists some of his influences as: Ecuadorian artist Gonzalo Endara Crow, writers Gabriel García Marquez and Carlos Castañeda, The New Leipzig School artist Neo Rausch, pop artist Ron English, painter John Currin, and conceptual artist Nam June Paik.

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
As a Holyoke artist, I welcome the opportunity to engage in an artistic dialog with my fellow exhibitors, the organizers, and the fair people of Florence.

SEE DENIS LUZURIAGA’S THE FUTURE
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

MOBILE ART BOX #5
17 MAIN ST.
(Florence Pie Bar)
FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

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FNO Artists: Joe Saphire

JOE SAPHIRE

JoeSaphireFNOimageJoe Saphire‘s Everything, All of It, All the Time is a multi-channel video and sound installation. It is a collection of images and field recordings reminiscent of long drives and time spent watching shadows on the wall. It is an homage to the pleasure of stasis, and the liminal state of waiting. The title is a reference to the open-ended practice of image and sound gathering employed, as well as a nod to the aesthetics of noise—the nonlinear information, all of it, that resists narrative meaning. It is also inspired by my toddler, who coined the term “night car” to describe how time passes sleepily in the warm, womb-like car on long night drives.

Joe Saphire is a media artist and teacher living in Northampton, MA. Recent projects experiment with the subject of time: its construction, perception, and consumption as both a cultural product and natural phenomenon. Projects resolve as installations, site-specific displays, collaborative events, and web archives, designed to fit various kinds of venues and formats. Joe’s studio, teaching, and collaborative practices have begun to merge into a single aim: to create venues for dialogue and artistic engagement, particularly within non-traditional environments. PlayLaborPlay, an ongoing collaborative and curatorial project, marks this leap into site-specificity and place-making: the pop-up show as medium between product and place. The collaborative’s most recent event, TRACKS, took place in a warehouse at Eastworks, Easthampton, MA, and contained six floors of site-specific sound installations that ranged from electronic composition, to sound sculpture, to performance.

A recent graduate of the UMass, Amherst, MFA studio art program, Joe is currently teaching video and photography at the Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT, and teach in various capacities and disciplines in the New England area.

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
I’m honored to participate in Florence Night Out! The prospect of taking over a pod, such a non-traditional installation space, was inspiring from the start, and to have the chance to show alongside such a diverse span of local artists motivated me as well. As with most event-based work, it’s exciting to present experimental ideas to a crowd that shows up for various reasons: art, food, community, conversation, and open curiosity. These kinds of environments are rich and energetic, and I can’t wait to take it all in.

SEE JOE SAPHIRE’S EVERYTHING, ALL OF IT, ALL THE TIME
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

MOBILE ART BOX #1
30 N. MAPLE ST.

FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

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FNO Artists: Alicia Renadette

ALICIA RENADETTE

RenadetteDesirePileAlicia Renadette‘s Desire Miser in Repose is a haunted pleasure den of material excess. A storage pod for displaced desires. A pagan speakeasy. In Alicia’s mobile art box, 1-2 viewers at-a-time will experience a chamber that contains a topography comprised of pedestrian materials like free-piled holiday decorations and toys, orphaned formalwear, retired furniture, and mass-produced disposable novelty embellishments layered and entangling in a sickeningly joyous mound. An anemic OCD-afflicted spinster (the Desire Miser) sits amidst the piles and waits for the world to offer her something.

Alicia Renadette is a multi-disciplinary artist based out of Holyoke, MA. Since relocating to Western MA in 2010, Alicia has created immersive installations at the MAP Space in Easthampton (Merger, 2014 *with Elizabeth Alexander), Historic Northampton (Legacy Strike, 2013 *solo), and Wisteriahurst Museum in Holyoke (Discretion is a Holy Virtue: Assume the Position, 2012 * installation in the dining room as part of REACH). Often using a theatrical combination of recognizable objects and textures, sprays of lush color, and soft, puppet-like forms, Alicia Renadette injects this surreal familiarity with her wry humor. The work itself is more referential than narrative. It could be considered a mash-up of several sub-texts of stories once removed. The materials chosen are viewed “symbolic” because of their physical form or due to their function. The may somehow infer something about the social status or gender of their owner/user. Alicia finds special delight in plastic cocktail swords for their ability to encapsulate foreign-manufacturing, social “functions” and dueling colonists. She holds a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from the Hartford Art School

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
This event is not only an opportunity to work within the dimensional parameters of a storage unit, but also the cultural implications of such a container. I am really interested in the psychology of materials, so I’m especially drawn to using this box as a make-shift place of worship for excess. I prefer to work in spaces whose character lends another dimension to the work I install. An event like Florence Night Out is a chance to share possibly off-the radar experiences with a new audience. Also, it’s my birthday on May 6 and I wanted a party.

SEE ALICIA RENADETTE’S DESIRE MISER IN REPOSE
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

MOBILE ART BOX #3
100 MAIN ST.
(corner of Maple and Main)
FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

 

Florence Night Out, May 6, 2016

12783675_1104472499603551_1638131287729634225_o (1)It’s almost spring, and most of the snow has melted, the flowers early spring blooms are coming out, and there is an air around town that spring may have finally put the last nail in the coffin of Winter 2015-2016.

Now that things are starting to warm up, it is time to get out for Florence Night Out! There has been a huge (yuuge?) outpouring of support this year from local businesses and the art community. We also got a grant from Arts Boston and listed on their calendar. From now until the event, we will be posting updates here and on our Facebook page.

See you all May 6th!