Hudson Valley Moca

Hudson Valley Moca

Both emerging and renowned international contemporary art is exhibited in a 12,000 square foot former home improvement warehouse in Peekskill. Founded by the Marc and Livia Straus family, the Hudson Valley Moca is dedicated to the development and presentation of exhibitions and interdisciplinary programs that enrich our understanding of contemporary art, its contexts, and its relationship to social issues. Hudson Valley Moca is the primary sponsor of the Peekskill Project, an annual, city-wide exhibition of site-specific artwork. As cited in a June 2014 City of Peekskill Proclamation,Hudson Valley Moca is also committed to the enrichment of Peekskill, a multicultural community that is now a major arts destination evidenced by visitors from the global arts community. Additionally,Hudson Valley Moca has installed a number of sculptural artworks throughout the downtown business district and the Peekskill riverfront.

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BLEEDING EDGE

Participating Artists: Anthony Antonellis, Kelsey Brod, Izabela Gola, Faith Holland, Eleanor King, Amanda Turner Pohan, Livia Ungur, and Sherng-Lee Huang
On View, March 4 – May 15
Opening Reception, March 24, 6:30 – 9:00
Film Screening, Hotel Dallas, March 25, 5:00 – 6:14

In collaboration with Peekskill’s Media Valley Rising initiative, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art is proud to present Bleeding Edge, an exhibition of artists working in greater New York pushing boundaries in new media. Bleeding Edge investigates human-technological entanglements specifically how global networks have affected the ways in which we express intimacy, identity, and history, focusing on moments where technology fails to keep up with the complexities of the lived human experience. Using metaphor as well as formal means, these eight artists appropriate, subvert, and exploit the nuances of consumer technology, recognizing the tenuous line between emancipatory cyber-utopia and omnipresent corporate surveillance as a necessary site for artistic intervention and play. Bleeding Edge takes its title from an industry term referring to technology so innovative it comes with incredible risk and an alarmingly high rate of failure.

Kelsey Brod explores questions of identity and representation through the production of politicized program tutorials, in which racial and gendered hierarchies within software are revealed as extensions of institutionalized power structures. In Faith Holland’s series of photographs Queer Connections, the gendered ‘male/female’ nomenclature of wire ends are subverted using pastel nail polish as an adhesive to make feminized unintended connections. Amanda Turner Pohan similarly uses the physicality of abandoned technology to explore mediated human intimacy. A long strip of wall covered in the dust of discarded computer monitors acts as an alluring and unsettling memento mori, which hints at the growing obsolesce of the technology as well as the aging state of its owner. Eleanor King uses Google Maps to explore the wilderness surrounding an Inuit village in northernmost Canada. The lifeless computerized illustration of the landscape however points more towards government surveillance and hydrocarbon exploration than any sense of natural majesty. The characters in Izabela Gola’s vignettes depict characters completely ignorant of the digitized limbo they inhabit. Men scream tired Hollywood clichés at each other, demanding answers and receiving no resolution. Ungur & Huang’s feature length film, Hotel Dallas, explores communist Romania’s failed attempt to use American primetime television as anti-capitalist propaganda, framed through an autobiographical coming of age story, which blurs the boundary between fact and fiction. Anthony Antonellis’ gif-inspired video works explore the failed commodities of the hyper-present, and the curatorial conundrum of exhibiting art created for the internet. Bleeding Edge celebrates these diverse and imaginative artists which use media to critique notions of progress, tradition, and innovation.

 

HOTEL DALLAS, 2016

Directed by Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang

Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang’s powerful debut feature is equal parts historical documentary, Romanian fairytale, and radical postmodern cinema. Focus is placed on the role American Drama Dallas had in altering the political climate within communist Romania. The Romanian government’s attempt to pacify its people by using Dallas to show the corruption of American capitalism backfires, eventually leading to the Romanian Revolution of 1989 and the televised execution of President Nicolae Ceaușescu. This is all framed through the surreal journey of a young artists’ emigration to the United States, accompanied by the reluctant hero Patrick Duffy. Along their journey they encounter the King of Sunflowers, John Wayne, musical numbers, time travel, the Eiffel Tower, Brancusi’s Endless Column, and of course, Hotel Dallas. The end result is a piece of creative nonfiction like no other; A love letter to the power of art, and its necessity in the most desperate of times.

HOTEL DALLAS (75 min; Romania/USA; distributed by Fandor, MUBI, and Heretic Outreach )

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Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Endless Poetry (Poesia Sin Fin) – 2016

Through renowned father of the midnight movies Alejandro Jodorowsky’s intensely personal lens, Endless Poetry tells the story of his years spent as an aspiring poet in Chile in the 1940’s.

Against the wishes of his authoritarian father, the 20 year old Jodorowsky leaves home to pursue his dream of becoming a poet, and is introduced into the bohemian and artistic inner circle of Santiago where he meets Enrique Lihn, Stella Diaz Varín, Nicanor Parra, all unknown at the time, but who would later become driving forces of twentieth century Hispanic literature.

Living with these inspirational artists, Jodorowsky’s exploration of his inner feelings takes him on a journey of sensual experimentation leading him to realize his innermost desires and passions.

Continuing the autobiographical story, he began in The Dance of Reality, Endless Poetry is an ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth, as a universal force capable of changing one’s life forever, written by a man who has dedicated his existence to creating spiritual and artistic awareness, told through Jodorowsky’s unique surreal and psychedelic visual language.

Endless Poetry (Poesia Sin Fin) (2016: Dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky; 128 min; France/Chile; distributed by ABKCO Films )

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