June 25 – July 31, 2022
IN REAL TIME + PLACE: a collaboration
Raymond MacDonald: musician/multi-disciplinary artist, Scotland
Josephine Ganter: visual artist, Scotland
George Burt: musician, Scotland
Marilyn Crispell: pianist/musician, NY
Melinda Stickney-Gibson: visual artist, NY
About the Exhibit
A collaborative project and residency supported by the Jane St. Arts Center, Saugerties, NY.
Scottish printmaker and multimedia artist Jo Ganter, and Scottish musicians Raymond McDonald and George Burt, along with American pianist Marilyn Crispell and NY artist Melinda Stickney-Gibson will be working together in a month-long residency at Jane St. Arts Center.
The project will culminate in an exhibition and series of musical performances.
IN REAL TIME + PLACE: A collaboration Interview with artists Raymond MacDonald and George Burt
These artist will have special events during Upstate Art Weekend, July 22 – 24. Check out our event calendar, Instagram and Facebook for updates!
Our mission is to foster new and experimental, cross-discipline work in performance, installation, multimedia and fine arts. We offer invited artists a chance to show full solo shows of new work which combines performance with other art forms. We also offer focused intimate residencies to work in collaboration with or alongside of another artist to create something cross-disciplinary and new. This work is not expected to be a finished piece but a works in progress. Our goal is to create a space where artists can open their minds to new ideas and experiment. Art:Incubated!
About the Artists
Raymond MacDonald is a saxophonist, composer and academic whose work explores the boundaries and ambiguities between what is conventionally seen as improvisation and composition.
Much of his recent performing work has been in collaborative free improvisation contexts, however his roots in jazz and pop music are always evident in his playing and writing. MacDonald collaborates widely and has worked with visual artists, dancers, writers and filmmakers and has produced music for film, television, theater and the concert hall.
MacDonald has worked internationally with many of the current pioneers in avant-garde music including the sublime US pianist Marilyn Crispell, German drummer Günter ‘Baby’ Sommer, David Byrne, Damo Suzuki from Can, Nurse with Wound, German trumpeter Axel Dorner, US trombonist and educator George Lewis, Japanese Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, US percussionist Michael Zerang, US cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm.
His ambitious International Big Band features the virtuosic Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, Australians Alistair Spence and Toby Hall and Lloyd Swanton from The Necks and exSonic Youth guitarist Jim O’Rourke among others and in 2010 released, to critical acclaim, Buddy, his first CD on the French label Textile. Buddy was also named in top CDs of the year in Wire magazine, Jazzwise and All about Jazz.
Jo Ganter is visual artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. She was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy in 2003 and has shown in London, New York and Melbourne. Her work is included in a number of prestigious collections, including: Contemporary Art Society, London; Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp; New York Public Library and the Ashmolean, Oxford.
Ganter has always worked with multiples, original prints and photography. Her most recent series of works see her working collaboratively with established musicians (Scottish saxophonist Raymond MacDonald, American pianist and composer Marilyn Crispell, and American Philosopher and composer David Rothenberg) to create graphic scores and animations. For her, animation involves a close synchrony between music and movement, first in purely abstract form and in her latest work, Urgent Nature, using documentary photography of the post-industrial environment and humanity’s continuing presence in it.
Marilyn Crispell has been a composer and performer of contemporary improvised music since 1978. For ten years, she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble, and she has performed and recorded extensively as a soloist and with players on the American and international jazz scene, also working with dancers, poets, film-makers and visual artists, and teaching workshops in improvisation. She has been the recipient of three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust composition commission.
Melinda Stickney-Gibson lives and works in the Catskill Mountains of NY, having spent many years living and working in New York City. She has had over 25 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout the US. In addition she has curated “DIALOGUES” at Kouros Gallery, NY, NY, 2009; “LINE” at Butters Gallery, Portland, OR, 2012; co-curated “DRAWING SOUND” at the Kleinert-James Gallery, Woodstock, NY, 2017, and “TERRA” at the Kleinert-James Gallery, Woodstock, NY, 2017. Her work has been reviewed in ARTnews, ARTS Magazine, REVIEW Magazine, Art Ltd Magazine, and others.
The work involves a diaristic, distinctly personal, and often graphic approach; literally incorporating tiny bits of phrases from her own journals, favorite fragments of writing by others, and simple words such as “yes”, “maybe”, “no?”, “her”, “ummmm….”, etc. Her sculptural work involves steel, glass, concrete, and wire; resting on steel wall-mounted ledges, or installed on the floor, continuing the diaristic idea of personal mark making, and sense of place.