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Elevate your mood at NCC’s Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery in Garden City
I and I in the sky
You make me feel like I can fly
So high, Elevation
Twelve Planes (Locked and Crossed), 2014
Keep your spirits up as summer comes to an end by visiting the Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery at Nassau Community College in Garden City. Elevate is a group sculpture exhibition consisting of three large works: Twelve Planes (Locked and Crossed) by Rachel Mica Weiss, Containing Tenaciousness by Monika Zarzeczna and Untitled by Carolyn Salas. There will also be some small works to go along with the larger installations.
“The title and theme of the show, Elevate, came from the link in the artists’ creative process of transcending materials into works of aesthetic impact and emotional resonance,” said faculty member and curator Nathan Wasserbauer. “While sculpture as a discipline is often associated with weight and mass, these artists’ works seem to levitate—carrying with them light, color, translucency and space. Along with a defiance of gravity, the pieces also carry the hopes and fears, anxieties and aspirations of their creators, displayed in a diverse manipulation of materials. Taken into consideration with their surroundings of the NCC gallery and campus, the sculptures invite the viewer to consider and experience these ideas in real time and space as both the materials and ideas lift off and become something new.”
Twelve Planes (Locked and Crossed) - Represented by Fridman Gallery in New York, artist Rachel Mica Weiss lives and works in Brooklyn as a resident of the chashama studio program. Hand-strung on site, Weiss’s labor-intensive installation is a reference to the repetitious act of warping—the measuring, threading, and tensioning of thousands of threads into the loom. As you can see from the photo above, Weiss uses her environment’s unique architectural elements (in this case, the patio just outside of the Firehouse gallery’s window) as her framework, creating lurching architectural interventions: bold blockades that confront the viewer and engender feelings of vulnerability.
Containing Tenaciousness - Born in Warsaw, Poland, artist Monika Zarzeczna grew up in the Netherlands and moved to New York in 2002. She lives and works in Brooklyn and currently has a residency at the chashama studio program. Her work reflects impressions of her daily encounters with discarded and devalued objects and makeshift structures in her Brooklyn neighborhood. She often works in series and Containing Tenaciousness is a follow up to the 2012 Hardnekkig installation. Made almost entirely of discarded materials and inspired by electricity towers, staircases and sidewalk gardens, ‘Containing Tenaciousness’ combines suspended, descending and rising elements that add up to a fragile, ramshackle structure, a 3D drawing that is looking for balance, weight and weightlessness.
Untitled - Appointed lecturer in sculpture at Yale in 2011, artist Carolyn Salas is a recipient of the studio residency program at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York. She uses a wide array of materials including found objects, photography, moldmaking, collage and recycled items to create sculptural platforms where material and concept meet to transform space and the way we view it. In a culture obsessed with mass production and disposability her work is a conduit of her opposition to this standard. With laborious craft and a handmade touch, the imperfections and human attributes of burdens, failures and achievements of our everyday are exposed. Salas looks at the work as a self-exploration of the subconscious, where she tries to physically create a state of mind. Responding to Carl Jung’s idea of artists and alchemists projecting part of their psyche into matter or inanimate objects, possessing in a sense a secret soul, the objects eventually live out a life of their own.
The exhibit runs from September 2nd through November 13th. Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery at Nassau Community College is located in CCB Building, Plaza Level, Room 140. Admission is free.
An artist’s reception will be held on October 9th from 5-7pm in the gallery. All are welcome.
Gianni Paci releases summery video for song recorded at Richie Cannata’s studio
Late September back at school
You and I broke all the rules
We did, We did, We did it good
But it’s gonna be a long time
Before we get to play another game
—From “Long Time” by Gianni Paci
Oyster Bay’s Gianni Paci just wrapped a video for his new single “Long Time.” The singer/songwriter/guitarist recorded the song at the Richie Cannata-owned Cove City Sound Studios (Billy Joel, Jennifer Lopez), with producer Eren Cannata. The song is an introduction to his new sound, which features a contemporary-pop spin on the more retro-minded songwriting he honed under his old pseudonym, The Pine Hollows. Paci discussed his first single, “Goodbye,” and working with Cannata back in February. He looks forward to releasing a full-length and can’t wait to return to Cove City in the fall to work on more of his music. That means more singles and more videos.
Filmed in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, “Long Time” was directed by Patrice Lighter of LGTR Productions.
“Patrice did an amazing job of capturing just what kind of emotions fostered the song—that nostalgia for a time in the past, and that sense of impatience that goes along with waiting for something else good to come along,” noted Paci. “I wrote the song about one of my first loves, and how a high-point in our relationship seemed to signal the beginning of the end of my childhood, naiveté and inexperience. High school can be such a crazy time, and I think the lyrics reflect that kind of back-to-school excitement and malaise. As the songwriter and the subject of the song, I am proud of what we had, acknowledging its end but, at the same time, missing it terribly. Patrice put me back in a lot of the clothes I hadn’t worn since, and it helped me get back into character.”
The NYU grad recently performed at NYC’s Sidewalk Cafe, and you can catch him at The Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington on Friday, September, 5th at 7pm.
“When performing live, I mostly stick to original material,” said Paci. “I’m quite the productive songwriter so I’m always testing out my originals live—whether it’s a new song or something I may have written a year or two ago but it’s feeling more relevant than ever in the moment. Being a solo artist means that I can keep things fresh and spontaneous in this way, and in my experience it seems to keep things exciting for the audience too. I would love to be remembered the way that Billy Joel is and to share that sense of Oyster Bay pride with him.”
Get intimate with 3 Doors Down Tuesday at The Space at Westbury
Image: Daren Searcy
Well I took a walk around the world to ease my troubled mind
I left my body lying somewhere in the sands of time
But I watched the world float to the dark side of the moon
I feel there is nothing I can do
In the nineties, 3 Doors Down drew crowds from the Deep South of its native Mississippi to New York’s (now defunct) CBGB’s. The early 2000s brought post-grunge mega hits like “Kryptonite,” “When I’m Gone” and the ballad “Here Without You.” Their latest studio release, 2011’s Time of My Life, debuted at number 3 on the Billboard charts. Then they released The Greatest Hits in 2012, which included nine remixed number ones and three new songs, including “One Light.” Having sold over 20 million albums worldwide since the start of their career, the alt-rockers are working on a new album set for release in 2015.
3 Doors Down has been getting good feedback on the three new songs they’ve completed from the upcoming record: rocker “You Better Believe It,” the Latin-infused “I Don’t Want to Know” and the reflective “Pieces of Me.” Frontman Brad Arnold recently said this about the upcoming record: “I want it to be fun and have some substance to it. I think people are done with songs that are so serious. I think we got that out of our system in the late 90s and 2000s.”
The quintet has played Jones Beach and they sold out The Paramount in Huntington last year. Now you can catch 3 Doors Down: vocalist Brad Arnold, lead guitarist Chris Henderson, drummer Greg Upchurch, guitarist Chet Roberts and bassist Justin Biltonen —in an intimate setting when they bring their acoustic tour, Songs from the Basement, to the Space at Westbury on Tuesday, July 29th. Expect to hear the hits, some deep cuts from their catalog and some surprises. And check out opener Amy LaVere, an Americana singer/songwriter/upright bassist from Tennessee.
Indulge in a Free Sound Buffet with Johnnie Lee Jordan on Huntington’s Chapin Rainbow Stage
I love you like the pink in a rose
From your halo to the rings on your toes
Baby, let me take you out dancing tonight
—From “Cherry Bop” by Johnnie Lee Jordan
Pop Punk, Rock, Jazz/Pop Fusion: Whatever you’re hungry for, it’s on Sound Buffet’s menu. And it’s gratis. Presented by SPARKBOOM (an affiliate of Huntington Arts Council), Sound Buffet gives young, creative LI-bred musicians some exposure. The four acts performing on July 20 from 6:30-10pm on the Chapin Rainbow Stage–rocker Johnnie Lee Jordan & The Boys, violinist David Wong and the pop-punk bands This Is All Now and BlameShift—have developed their own followings and deserve to play on the big stage in Heckscher Park.
I last checked in with Johnnie Lee Jordan in Pulse’s December issue when he discussed his upcoming record Run, his appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and his Back to Blue Gap ad. In the meantime, while the Patchogue native finds the funds to release his full-length, Jordan has been both inspired and motivated. He recorded a 4-song EP called Sol/Hum (which signifies an exasperated feeling akin to ‘holy shit’). “I say it to myself a few times when I know I’m about to react poorly,” noted Jordan, who is influenced by the poetry of Allen Ginsberg and the films of David Lynch.
While the music on Run has an indie folk rock feel,Sol/Hum has a more mellow sound overall, allowing Jordan to expand his vocal range. He channels Prince on parts of “Cherry Bop” and raps on “The Surprise Party,” which was inspired, in part, by a church organ. “I make all types of music,” said Jordan. “It just seems rock and roll is the easiest way to peoples’ ears. But hip hop owns a lot of real estate in my subconscious mind. It’s hard to see that in the music I make with guitars and my band. I recorded ‘The Surprise Party’ when I was alone in my apartment. A church on the corner was throwing out one of those big organs with the drum beats built in. I put it on my skateboard and lugged it back to my place. When I’m around those kinds of instruments the hip hop comes through more.”
Follow up that rock appetizer with the jazz/pop fusion sounds of violinist and educator David Wong. The Huntington Station native first picked up the violin at age four. You may have seen him perform last year in the backing band for the finalists on “America’s Got Talent.” “I only played backing but it was fun to perform at a packed Radio City Music Hall,” noted Wong. “I also enjoyed auditioning for The Producers last year. It was a cool experience.” Influenced by artists like bluegrass fiddler Casey Driessen, string trio Time for Three and Muse, Wong plays an assortment of pop tunes, classics and covers, including Pharrell’s “Happy.” He’s working on some originals and hopes to release an album in the near future. Wong, who also plays solo shows, will be accompanied by guitar, bass, drums and cello on July 20.
Support the art of music and head to the free concert on the Chapin Rainbow Stage in Heckscher Park early Sunday evening to catch Johnnie Lee Jordan & The Boys, followed by Wong, This Is All Now and Blameshift. Feel free to bring blankets, chairs and food.
Seinfeld and SJP Drive an LTD to Long Island
I grew up in the suburbs.
Didn’t like it, always wanted to live in the city.
Now, I wanna live in the suburbs…
I just want my kids to live my life over.
Now that’s narcissism.
On the latest episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s online talk show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Seinfeld takes a drive down memory lane. He picks up good friend Sarah Jessica Parker in her newly acquired 1976 Ford Country Squire Wagon LTD and the two relive their formative years. We learn that Parker, an Ohio native and one of eight children, spent a lot of time riding in the back of an LTD amusing herself with Mad Libs, an Etch A Sketch and some watercolors. Seinfeld grew up in Nassau County (Massapequa) and that’s where they went for coffee. While Seinfeld was happy driving on the streets where he grew up, he recalled that a car was like “angel wings” when living in the burbs. A young Seinfeld obsessed over whether to be a motorcycle guy or a sports car guy. Watching anti-hero Michael Parks on 70s television show Then Came Bronson was a real inspiration for the motorcycle and car aficionado. On his Harley, Parks represented freedom to the family man in the LTD wagon.
When they arrive at East Meadow’s classic Colony Diner, Seinfeld orders his usual coffee but Parker gets a chocolate egg cream. After they finish eating large plates of food, Seinfeld orders more coffee. Parker: “And you can drink coffee all day?” Seinfeld: “All day.” Parker: “It would give me horrible anxiety.” Seinfeld: “I like the anxiety.” One wonders how much caffeine, or anything, it would take to make Seinfeld anxious.
They pick up some pastries at Francesco’s Bakery in Hicksville and Parker takes the wheel for awhile. The show ends with the two of them happily eating the pastries in the back of the LTD whilst playing Cat’s Cradle with string in a nod to Parker’s childhood.
Check out the Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee website for future shows.
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