Following a successful 2012 presenting 11 unique art events in the greater Scranton area, The Pop up Studio has honed its vision on six community interactive experiences this calendar year. The first, titled ViewTubes launched last month with an installation in the storefront of eco-boutique GreenBeing on Adams Avenue in Scranton. On display through the last week of February, the colored tubes invited passersby to peek into the space.
“We wanted to create a dynamic, beautiful experience with light. The city of Scranton was once known for its lights downtown, and we thought we should use light now to bring attention to the details of the city. We want people to see Scranton in a new way… to see the opportunities and potential we feel Scranton has,” Pop Up co-founder Valerie Kiser explained in a recent announcement.
The project continued as 10 viewfinders were distributed through the community via social networking. Those who received a viewfinder were asked to take a photo and share it with the “Pop Up Studio community” on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thepopUpstudio). Yet another installment in the ViewTubes project will be staged on First Friday at Mulberry 426 apartments in the old Scranton Chamber of Commerce building. Designed by architect Edward Langley who also designed the DL & W Railroad station that now houses the Radisson, among other city landmarks, the recently-renovated landmark now boasts 36 modern apartments. The program will be presented in collaboration with local the Apple specialists at Grove Media.
“The ViewTubes experiences create a physical sensation in association with the act of viewing. One must crouch, peek with one eye closed, or use and object to focus their attention on their sight. These physical sensations make the (viewer) conscious of their action, and this more aware of what they are looking at,” Pop Up’s Ruth Koelewyn explained.
Visit thepopupstudio.org for more information.
As of 2012, there were 112 million unmarried people over age 18 living together in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, they made up some 47 percent of the adult population (unmarried.org). Hoping to capture authentic images of the intimacy resulting from shared space, photographer Julie Barnofski turned her camera on her own former relationship back in 2007.
“We were essentially the average contemporary young adult couple living in middle America,” she writes in a statement for Cohabitation, an exhibit of self-portrait diptychs and triptychs opening at Camerawork Gallery in Scranton on Friday. A reception will be held in conjunction with First Friday Scranton from 6 to 8:20 p.m.
“We didn’t have permanent jobs, permanent residences, and basically everything about our lives seemed temporary. These attributes were not unique to us, but rather they were and are still trends that many American young adults follow, thus departing from the traditional lives and values of generations before us,” she explains in an artist’s statement.
A native of Connecticut, Barnofski relocated to NEPA from Texas, where she had earned her M.F.A. in photography and an M.A. in art history, in August 2011 to take a position as assistant professor of photography at Marywood University.
The images on display in Cohabitation are actually from two bodies of work, she explained. One “examines everyday interactions through a series of multi-framed unstaged moments, and the other showcases voyeuristic visualizations of cohabitation … The latter was created by shooting images underneath bed sheets and blankets the morning after staying over at one of our homes. The selection of images presented here highlight perhaps the most intimate, emotional, and comforting domestic space we regularly inhabited: the bed.”
Camerawork is Scranton’s only gallery exclusively dedicated to the art of photography. It is located on the lower level at Marquis Art & Frame on Center Street. Cohabitation will remain on display through April 2. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visit www.cameraworkgallery.org or visit www.juliebarnofski.com for more information.
Printmaker Donald Forsythe was afforded an extended time to pursue his craft in Ireland after being awarded a Ballinglen Fellowship from the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle back in 2003. Among the inspiration he literally collected are a couple of Powers Irish Whiskey tins that washed up on the beach. The works he’ll display at the AfA Gallery in Scranton this month were produced from these tins with almost no editing.
“I never dreamed that this project would involve a significant part of next four years of art making, but a love of color mixing and its emotional result kept me interested in the project. The technical processes of printmaking are taxing and hard to love, but the “magic” of a surprising result can keep you in the studio day after day,” he offered in a press release from Artists for Art.
He further described his work as an attempt to make meaning from the discarded objects. He also works in collage and on paper and box constructions, some of which can be viewed on his website at www.donaldforsythe.com.
A resident of Dillsburg in York County, Forsythe was born in Pittsburg and received his MFA in Printmaking Rochester Institute of Technology in 1979, and is currently a professor of the arts at Messiah College in Grantham. He has participated in more than 75 exhibitions in the past 35 years and has also been awarded opportunities to study in Greece and in Guatemala.
Also on display at Afa this month are sculptures by David Green of Harvey’s Lake. “Visions of Music” photographs by Allison Murphy and Dino Perrucci will be exhibited on the second floor. An opening reception for both shows on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. features live music by Hook Herrera (www.hookherrera.net).