Why the sad face, Charlie? It is hard to believe it has been almost 8 months since the good people at Spectrum 8 Theatres offered me a spot, but here it is, a brand new photography exhibition open from February 23rd to April 5th, 2011. This series is a continuation of “The Unnoticed” collection, a small journey through abandoned memories of Upstate New York, on display last year at Uncommon Grounds. There are fewer pieces, a total of 8, hopefully of better quality, and printed much larger.
Spectrum 8 Theatres is a locally owned, independent movie theater in Albany that has been in operation since 1983. They are committed to showing films that are diverse, entertaining and thought-provoking. They feature the work of local artists both in their art gallery and in slideshows before the movies. I’m proud to display there for the next six weeks, this is one of my very favorite places in Albany, a small haven where I can enjoy movies from my own country while munching on delicious banana bread and carrot cake.
Most of the pieces were taken in 2010 while exploring new abandoned locations in Kingston, Fallsburg, Liberty, and Victory, NY. “The Unnoticed” was still on display at UG back in June 2010 when co-owner Annette Nanes and myself started discussing this opportunity. She had seen my photographs of the abandoned Starlite Theater and had fond memories of the place. The plan was to show that same collection at Spectrum, but much happened in the following eight months. I subjected the Capital District to my photos several times last year, and in light of what I had submitted for the Waterford Public Library, Fence 10, Wish You Were Here, and First Friday, I decided two things.
First, I needed to display new work, pieces that had not even been online yet. As much as I love the Starlite, there is probably such thing as over-exposure. I also hope I am getting a tad better too. Don’t answer that rhetorical question.
Second, I wanted to print bigger and frame larger. There are seven 18″ by 12″ photos in 28″ by 22″ frames in the show. Once you reach that size it is hard to go back, and it does work better for the type of chaos I’m trying to capture. The highlight of the show, in my opinion, is one 31″ by 19″ photo in a 39″ by 27″ frame, pictured above. Sad truth, I can’t even fit it in my tiny, useless German car. I’d love for somebody to get this piece… but I know exactly where I’ll hang it at home otherwise (Update: it was sold, thanks). This is one big photograph I hope you will check out.
First, thanks to Spectrum 8 co-owner Annette Nanes for offering me this opportunity. Thanks to McGreevy ProLab for delivering great prints; I don’t have a deal with them, they are just one of the very best, locally. This is the second time I ordered custom mats at Frame of Mind on Stuyvesant Plaza, with great results, so here is a well deserved shout-out to another local business.
Once again, this show would have not been possible without the help of my friends. Thanks to my fellow urban explorers, Bennett C., Paul G., Darren K. and Ross P., you are inspirational. Darren is a force to be reckoned with and I invite you to check his very first show at the House of Creative Soul in Saratoga in April.
Thanks to all of you who supported me, online and offline: All Over Albany, Nippertown, Metroland, The Daily Gazette, Times Union. Thanks to Chrissy for her many precious advices. Finally, a very special thank you to Kara, who helped me so much with this show. She does a fantastic job at the Mandeville Gallery in the Nott Memorial, and I hope the setup at Spectrum 8 shows a small part of her attention to details.
Hope to see you there!
Facebook users, here is the corresponding event. Hope you will attend.
“The Unnoticed” show is over but if you are interested in urban exploration and local abandoned buildings, the companion book is still available at Blurb.com. I have assembled 110 photos from 10 locations in this 136-page volume, available in hard cover, soft cover, and ebook format for iPad/iPhone. Hopefully I will get the chance to publish a second volume at the end of 2011.
The show will stay at Spectrum 8 Theatres from February 23rd to April 5th, 290 Delaware Avenue in Albany, NY. Try their baked good next to the lobby, or visit their cafe next door. Did I mention the baked goods?
Photo above by Michael J. Roach