Art at the Core

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Hell Schlaqt (Hell Speaks), 2013 Oil On Canvas 94 1/2 X 87 Inches © Emma Tamburlini
Art at the Core
Curated by: Dr. Livia Straus

1701 Main Street PO Box 209
Peekskill, NY 10566
October 27th, 2013 - July 27th, 2014
Opening: October 27th, 2013 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

other (outside main areas)
Sat & Sun 12-6pm and by appt
figurative, video-art, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, conceptual



Art at the Core:

The Intersection of Visual Art, Performance & Technology

October 27, 2013 – July 27, 2014


Opening Reception: Sunday, October 27th from 5 - 7 pm


August 2013, Peekskill, NY—HVCCA’s 2013-2014 exhibition features works that lend themselves to narrative interpretations. The selected artists employ traditional art materials as well as new technology, video and performance to look to art as addressing the very core of our everyday lives, our ‘weltanschauung’.

In the works of Chen Zhen, Jeffrey Schrier, Gilbert and George, and Andres Serrano, we see evidence of the artist addressing identity politics as seen through past cultural and social traditions, race, nationalism, and heritage. Others artists in the exhibition, such as Ben Schumacher, Stephan Balleaux, Matt Keegan and Adam Pendleton, extract materials from the current and future ‘world-in-the-ether’ thus producing across global lines and re-appropriating disseminated images and objects that are the products of technology and industry. Marina Abramovic, represented here by her triptych Spirit House,’ which wasperformed initially within a circumscribed space at Sean Kelly Gallery, consistently tests the limits of her body. She emerged from Europe as a pioneer in feminism, movement, and installation. Her retrospective at MOMA proved the fact that live performance has the ability, when done by a master, to hypnotize the viewer and to take in and own the presentation in a powerfully psychological way. 

In an increasingly fast-moving era, and as explored in ‘Art at the Core’, the world of art and culture bridge artistic disciplines- painting folds into sculpture, into sound, light, video and performance.  Performance, enhanced by installation and often video, asserts itself as an art form, not in the narrative traditions of opera with its stage design, but in a contemporary format that defies traditional descriptions. The eclectic selections from the works of the twenty-three artists exhibited at HVCCA, bring about a show that is riddled with complexities, manifesting diverse approaches to identity, society, culture, and materiality and dedicated to the intersection and melding of life and art.


Whether obvious or implied, metaphorical or physical, the artist’s reflection on life can serve as an eye opening experience to the viewer. In keeping with the spirit and in conjunction with the nature of the exhibition, several video and performance artists as well as 7 playwrights have been invited to produce original scripts that intersect with the works in the exhibition, pulling performers, writers and audience into an active exploration of mind that meets and explores the visual and the sensory at the individual’s ‘core’. Performance and video works will be highlighted during the fall and winter of 2013; plays will be performed monthly from January through July 2014. Details about performances will be posted on our website; HVCCA members and subscribers will receive e- mail alerts.


Artists: Marina Abramovic, Stephen Balleux, Rafal Bujnowski, Dan Christensen, David Drebin, Martin Eder, Bryan El Castillo, Robert Fekete, Gilbert and George, Lisa Hoke, Suzan Frecon, Lisa Karrer, Matt Keegan, Justen Ladda, Mara Mills, Haroon Mirza, Yigal Ozeri, Jon Pylypchuk, Adam Pendleton, Jordan Rathus, Italo Scanga, Jeffrey Schrier, Ben Schumacher, Andrew Sendor, Andres Serrano, Costa Vece, Phil Wagner, Jeff Wall, Angela Washko, Chen Zhen, Thomas Zipp, and others.