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Jack Dowling featured in WestView News April 2016 series
West Village Original

photo David Plakke

photo David Plakke

Article by Michael D Minichuello
This month’s West Village Original is painter and writer John (Jack) Dowling, born in Woodbridge, New Jersey in 1931. After attending Cooper Union and teaching in Italy for a few years, he settled in New York to be a painter before eventually turning to writing. His stories have been published in the Hamilton Stone Review, the Barcelona Review, A&U Magazine, and American Writing. He has been a resident of WestBeth since 1971 and for fourteen of those years served as Director of the gallery there as well.

Jack Dowling spent the first two decades of his life in New York City as a painter. “There were centers of activity in the Village and I just quietly began to paint,” he says. “At some point I gave up painting abstractly because I wasn’t sure where that was going. One day, I picked up a snapshot of my parents on their wedding day and decided to make a painting from that. I developed that into a kind of semi-abstraction and got very involved in the sense of light, color, and shadow. That resulted in a whole series of paintings that had their initial source in photographs.”

What made him stop painting and take up writing? “It sounds like a sob story,” he says, laughing. “I had a large loft and I got involved in a court case trying to save it. It cost me money that I didn’t have, which sent me into the job market and diverted me from my painting. After three years, I lost the loft and I was homeless at 40!” He laughs. “But I got myself reorganized and into WestBeth in a ‘starter’ apartment. I was still working at the job that I had gotten to survive but I had also decided I didn’t want to paint anymore. In the meantime, I began to jot down various short observations and channel my creative energy in that direction.”

Does he find writing different than painting?……

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Kate Walter in interview about her book, “Looking for a Kiss” on LesBe Real Radio talk.

Air Date: March 3, 2016

Kate Walter author of the memoir Looking for a Kiss: A Chronicle of
Downtown Heartbreak and Healing hits home as she shares this captivating story with LesBe Real Team. Looking for a Kiss details the breakup of the author’s 26 year lesbian relationship and how she rebuilt her life emotionally and financially after being left broke and broken hearted. Her book has a hopeful message for anyone single after being in a long term relationship: you can heal your life and land up in a better place.
Kate’s essays and opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times,
Newsday, New York Daily News, AM-NY, the Advocate, and many other outlets.
An award-winning writer who specializes in essays, memoir and creative
nonfiction, Kate teaches writing at CUNY and NYU. Kate has been living in
Manhattan since 1975 when she escaped across the river from New Jersey.

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Carol Hebald reads at Book Culture Bookstore on April 12, 2016 at 7pm

Carol Hebald.   Photo John Turner

Carol Hebald.
Photo John Turner

536 West 112th Street
between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, NYC,
on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

Carol Hebald will be reading from her forthcoming book length poem, DELUSION OF GRANDEUR, which wil be out in May 2016.

CAROL HEBALD was an actress for twelve years on the New York stage before enrolling as an English Major at the City College of CUNY, from where she graduated magna cum laude in 1969. Subsequently awarded a Teaching and Writing Fellowship in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she received her MFA in 1971. A former associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Kansas, she is the author of three poetry collections, Colloquy, Spinster by the Sea and Little Monologs; the memoir, The Heart Too Long Suppressed; and the novella collection, Three Blind Mice.

Her novel, A Warsaw Chronicle, will be out next December.

Links to reviews of, and excerpts from her books are on her Web site:


SuZen VISIONS OF LIGHT & SPIRIT 50th anniversary retrospective exhibit



Join SuZen at her 50th anniversary retrospective, “VISIONS of LIGHT&SPIRIT” exhibition, opening SUN, MAY 1ST at Westbeth Gallery. On view will be photographs from 1966–2016 and SuZen’s newest multi-media installation. “Transmigration,” inspired by Buddha’s teachings, invites viewers to enter surreal holographic worlds from lower realms to liberation.

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SuZen is a fine-art photographer, designer, educator and peace-activist. Her photography has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally and in numerous public and private collections. Recipient of numerous grants, NYSCA funded a 40’ x 23’ painted mural of her photograph, “Flowing Light,” on 42nd Street across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Times Square.

Committed to always pushing the photographic medium into new dimensions, SuZen’s artwork has evolved from traditional black and white photography shown in galleries to public spaces with performances in the lobbies of the One World Trade Center; Port Authority Bus Terminal; and TWA Terminal at JFK Airport. In 1979, SuZen began organizing events in public spaces around NYC. Through the Organization of Independent Artists, she curated “50 NYC Photographers” in the lobby of 26 Federal Plaza. In 1981, she founded, Art for the People, and coordinated numerous public events including her first performance/art installation, “Coming from Blindness Into Sight,” (1982) in the lobby of One World Trade Center. Receiving a grant from the NEA, she co-created a 4 Woman Inter-Arts performance/installation, “Between Spaces,” in the TWA terminal at JFK airport. In 1984, to commemorate the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, she coordinated the first Universal Peace Day in Central Park, which has become an annual event.
SuZen has taught photography at International Center for Photography, Pratt Institute, Lehman College, Hunter College and Marymount Manhattan College. Last year, she retired as a full-time professor at Art Institute of New York City, where she taught digital photography and graphic design.
50 photos to celebrate 50 years – a photo a day!

Sunday May 8 at 3PM – SuZen presentation
Sunday May 15 at 3 PM – SuZen presentation

TRANSMIGRATION – a multi-media installation by SuZen
by P Segal

In “Transmigration”, New York City photographic artist, SuZen, combines multi-media, moving images of the natural world in a looping installation that represents Buddhism’s concept of the realms of consciousness. Two synchronized projectors cast images onto hanging layers of diaphanous fabric. The multiple layers of the sheer gauze create a holographic effect in which the viewers enter and are transported into ever-changing images and sounds of the ethereal worlds of the biosphere.

Transmigration begins with a bang, symbolic of the beginning of life on earth, and then fades to light. Images of the beginnings of consciousness take the viewers to the dark lower realms, where schools of sardines and jellyfish travel; a single stingray swims alone towards liberation from the lower realms and into bird form; the images encapsulate the essence of evolution and transmigration, the passage of the spirit, after death, into another body. Birds fly up and into the distance, replaced by Monarch butterflies, symbolic of transformation. The turtle appears, as he does in Buddhist teachings, as the symbol of human good fortune. The turtle represents transition, a creature at home on land and water. In the sly humor of Buddhist teachings, the turtle is a frequent character. Buddha asked, “What is the possibility for a blind turtle to raise up in a golden yoke every 100,000 years?” The answer: “Very rarely.” As the daylight footage fades to twilight and darkness, images of lightning and the sounds of thunder bring the 5 minute long loop again to the big bang.

The flowing images of nature in Transmigration, projected onto the overlapping layers of gauze, escape the two-dimensionality of images on film, taking on the multi-dimensional fullness of the teeming, and ever-changing elements of the natural world. The gauze itself changes the viewer’s perception of the images, as it moves, almost weightlessly, in the air currents, drafts, or human movement in its space. The immersive quality of the installation pushes the boundaries of photography and surrounds the viewer with the sounds of nature it presents. Transmigration is the most recent installation of SuZen’s LightVisions series.

SuZen shot the footage for this installation at Coney Island, Brooklyn and various sites in California.

Over the years, she has received numerous grants for her work from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries.

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“Transmigration” is a new multi-media artwork created by SuZen, a lifelong New York City photographer and designer, in celebration of her fifty years of work in the photographic arts. A resident of Westbeth for many years, SuZen’s long career will be honored with a 50-year retrospective, entitled, Visions of Light&Spirit in the Westbeth Gallery in May of 2016.

About SuZen
• 40’ x 25’ painted mural on 42nd Street, NYC
• Exhibited in museums and galleries internationally
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Zabriskie Gallery, NYC.

• Recipient of grants from:
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)

New Yorkers are familiar with SuZen’s photograph, “Flowing Light,” seen as a 40’ by 25’ painted mural across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd Street. It was funded by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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