CORRESPONDENCE From across the U.S. as well as from six countries, each invited by exhibition curator and artist Steve Clorfeine, 40 artists create works inspired by letters and postcards written to Mr. Clorfeine over a period of 50 years.
The works include painting, sculpture, collage, video, photography, film,
installation and performance.
Spanning multiple generations and cultural backgrounds, the artists
incorporate selections from the original correspondence materials into their
chosen format and perspective to create works that reference the time-honored
practice of exchanges of written words and images. The art of correspondence –
sensory, temporal, tactile, aesthetic, imaginative – is interpreted and presented in
40 different ways of seeing.
The project was in part conceived and developed during a residency
fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center in 2014. CORRESPONDENCE
represents the culmination of the project.
Elana Adler Christine Alicino Joan Anderson Theresa Antonellis Agness Au
Susan Banyas Barbara Bash Ursula Brookbank Birgitte Bush Brenda Bufalino
Marilyn Crispell Steve Clorfeine Jon D’Orazio Marcello Dolce Leslie English
Monica Frisell Aimee Gilmore Roy Gumpel Kate Hamilton Lanny Harrison Gurmi Lama
Ralph Lee Cyndi Levine Elmer Luke Bob Rosen Claire Rosenfeld Marchel
Ruygrok Andra Samelson Robert Seward Robert Spellman Constance Steckel
Louise Steinman Suzy Sureck Hiroshi Tachibana Lauren Turk Ursina Vogt
Hy Varon Wilma Vesseur Lucienne Weinberger Christoph Zihlmann Jane Zipp
Among the works on view are Life Vest by Swiss artist Ursina Vogt, a wearable size 44R vest comprised of love letters written over a period of ten years; Postcart by Andra Samelson that evokes roads traveled and postcards sent; Christoph Zihlmann’s House of Cards, an architect’s rendering that incorporates both private and public information; Hoop by textile designer Birgitte Bush; and Mislaid Memory by Leslie English, a diorama featuring letters, images, and geometric shapes that tells a four-part story.
Steve Clorfeine is a performer, writer and teacher with roots in the downtown New York City dance and theater scenes. He is a two-time recipient of Cultural Envoy grants from the U.S. government and has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and Poets & Writers. He is a founding arts faculty member of Naropa University and a former faculty member at SUNY New Paltz. His poetry and non-fiction have been published by Station Hill of Barrytown, Codhill Press, and Parabola Magazine. Steve lives in New York City and in Kingston, New York.
Westbeth Gallery is a not-for-profit gallery located on the first floor of Westbeth Artists Housing at 55 Bethune Street at Washington Street in New York City. It exhibits the work of resident artists and presents independently curated exhibitions. Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.
Curator: Steve Clorfeine 845.626-3096