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The Gathering @ Ed Varie (NYC) & With Food in Mind @ The Center for Book Arts (NYC)


The Gathering
created, conceived and installed by Light Hits (Kelie Bowman and Jessie Rose Vala)

Opening May 5
Ed. Varie
208 E. 7th Street, New York, NY

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 5, 6-9 pm
Exhibit and Performances May 5th through June 2nd 2011.
Gallery Hours: Thursdays–Sundays 1-7 pm

Interested in expanding their creative process, Kelie Bowman and Jessie Rose Vala formed the collaborative partnership Light Hits in 2009. Light Hits explores themes of transformation, regeneration, sexuality, and feminine and masculine principals. The scope of their collaborations includes music, installation, video, animation, drawing and painting.

Light Hits has performed in various venues in the New York area focused on bridging the gap between the music and art worlds. Their performances involve costumes, installation, music and video projections that all work together to tell a non-linear narrative. Masks and costumes are worn to remove the notion of personal ego, and to represent a fantasy world of characters and archetypes.

Working in both two and three-dimensional practices Light Hits continues explore similar themes and motifs to draw those elements together. In 2010 Light Hits completed a wall installation for the exhibition Temple of Bloom at Cinders Gallery. In 2011 they composed a performance piece for the NY Scope Art Fair, as well as scored “Hausu”, a Japanese Movie performed live at Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn.

Light Hits will create The Gathering, a month long exhibition at Ed. Varie in New York City. The Gathering will incorporate all elements in which Light Hits creates, a two and three-dimensional wall installation, as well as various performances that will be presented throughout the month.

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With Food in Mind

Through June 25, 2011
The Center for Book Arts

28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10001
M-F 10-6; Sat 10-4; closed Sundays

A great show, with lots to look at. The curator made great use of the compact exhibition space and assembled nice selections from diverse regions and eras.

Organized by Nicole Caruth, Independent Curator and Critic

With Food in Mind looks at artists’ use of food as subject matter or medium in book arts, print, and digital media. The exhibition is inspired by the current food climate (i.e. how food is cultivated, distributed, consumed, and discussed today) and includes over 40 works that span the last twenty years.
Featuring work by Nava Atlas, Carissa Carman, Atom Cianfarani, Conflict Kitchen (Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski, with Brett Yasko), The Counter Kitchen (Stefani Bardin and Brooke Singer), Critical Art Ensemble, Mindell Dubansky (with Miriam Schaer and Toby Dubansky), EIDIA (Paul Lamarre and Melissa P. Wolf), Joy Garnett, Marti Guixe, Heather Hart, Barbara Henry (with John DePol), Gretchen Hooker, Marisa Jahn (with Noa Treister), Susan Johanknecht, K Yoland, Robin Kahn, Isabelle Lumpkin, Emily Martin, Katharine Meynell, Scott McCarney, Aleksandra Mir, Elaine Tin Nyo, Hugh Pocock, Susan Roma, Leah Rosenberg, John Ross (with Sam Joffee), Mara Scrupe, Steve Shada, Maya Suess, Tattfoo Tan, Robert The, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

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