Contemporary Artists Center, South Troy, NY

October 17, 2009 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


A one-night exhibition of art, performance and sound at the CAC Woodside chapel in Troy, NY. 

Featuring work by Stephanie Loveless, Mary Cook, and C. Ryder Cooley.

Saturday, October 17, 2009. 6-9pm

Contemporary Artists Center (CAC Woodside), 71 Old Mill St./Rt. 4, South Troy, NY. 12180

FREE (food & drink contributions much appreciated)


This collection of works is composed of speakers handmade from paper cones, paper cups and bottles, a de- and re-generating song of longing from a 1937 Walt Disney film, documentation of attempts to speak the languages of wolves, birds, and crickets, and a performance art apothecary.  Weaving together different modes of artistic thought explored over the last two years, the exhibit organized around a playful posing of the question, what can "art", as a perspective, bring to personal and collective "ailments"? From invitations into self- contained aesthetic experiences to whispered instructions for performances to take place outside of the gallery walls, the works are linked in their exploration of intimacy, communication, and art as a space for re-thinking/seeing/hearing and imagining current states of being.


Mary Cook will create a life size drawing-installation, that envelops the walls of the vestibule of a 18th century stone church. This graphite drawing depicts figures originally taken from film stills from Rainer Werner Fassbinder's film The Bitter Tears of Petra van Kant, in exploration of the film's connections between desire and power. Concerned with an energetic depiction of human form and its emotive qualities, this meticulously rendered graphite drawing is a representation of the push and pull between the sacred and profane with the emphasis on theatricality and a persistence of raw emotion. Submerged within this sub aqueous landscape of drawings and waves of string and fabric, C. Ryder Cooley will float from the rafters within this nautical tableaux, introducing sounds and projections to further animate the environment. Viewers will find themselves in a place that can only be defined by their own imagination.


More about the artists:

STEPHANIE LOVELESS is a Montreal-born, Brooklyn-based artist currently working with sound, video, voice and other humans.  

MARY COOK is a Brooklyn-based artist who works primarily with drawing. She takes an interdisciplinary approach by integrating sculpture and sound into her work. Exploring the drawn figure with hand-crafted abstractions and string, she creates installations that are inspired by the experience of cinema. 

C. RYDER COOLEY is an interdisciplinary artist, musician and performer. Weaving together chimeric images with found props and forgotten objects, she creates cinematic performances and installation spaces.

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