Reflections on Art from the Site Lines of Nature 2015

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS            click here to see map         click here to see gallery       click here to video works

We would like to thank all the artists that participated in this year’s Reflecting on Art from the Site Lines of Nature event. We are also especially grateful to Phira Breslow, Andrea Goldman, Beth Livermore, and Bryan Zimmerman who contributed tirelessly to the organization and execution of the event. We could not have done it without you!

John Bannon Balanced Stone During my last residency, I spent my time brainstorming for various upcoming art projects, including this exhibition. I wandered through the woods and eventually ended up at the river’s edge where I found myself stacking and balancing rocks. I discovered this to be a good exercise in creativity because it engages the body, mind, and spirit in one activity. Working in and with nature, I learned that balancing stones is an art form that results in a composition that generates contradictory feelings of anxiety and serenity and, along with its impermanence, make it a metaphor for life itself. It celebrates the simple beauty and delicate balance that is nature. Additionally, John Bannon exhibited: Oclipse , neon; What it is, What it is for, neon 2015 and The Kite of Icarus. John received his BFA at the University of Illinois and his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. He is a visual artist living and working in Chicago.

Joshua Baum, Mountains to Rivers, video projection with soundThis series of photographic animations immerses the viewer within the iconic landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School. An impressionistic soundtrack incorporating field recordings and music created during my residency accompanies the animations. Joshua Baum, Vassar College ’06, is a filmmaker, photographer, and musician based in Western Massachusetts.

Jeremy Bolen Hudson Falls #1 and #2, 2015. residue from film development, shale from site, epson lustre photographic paper. Images were made using the residue from film that was used to record the former GE plant in Hudson Falls, NY. That residue was combined with shale from the site and exposed to sunlight creating an experimental document of a site that continues to pollute the Hudson Valley today. Jeremy received his BA from Columbia College Chicago in 2002 and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a Chicago based artist, researcher and educator interested in site specific, experimental modes of documentation and presentation.

Madeleine Cichy, Viewerantique window frame, acrylic paint (2015). This piece stems from the desire not to describe the landscape to an indoor viewer, but to indirectly ornament and frame it for another visitor. Madeleine Cichy earned her B.A. at Vassar (2010) and is a currently in the MFA program at Cornell University.

Grace DeGennaro, Sunwheel and Double Moon is an installation of eight

watercolor drawings that describe the color of the Catskill light as it changes throughout the day. The passage of time is suggested through an accretion of small “beads” of paint that form the central geometric shapes. Grace DeGennaro is a painter whose work is informed by the study of ancient uses of pattern, symmetry and iconic symbolism. Grace DeGennaro received a BS Fine Arts at Skidmore, and her MFA from Columbia University and lives in Yarmouth, Maine.

Megan Foster, DEER XING, silkscreen on aluminum.   Megan’s work focuses on painting and printmaking as mediums to explore the idea of super nature.  Her work aims to preserve and give authority to the everyday experience.  Using appropriated material, she depicts images that have the potential to be spectacular, fantastic and sublime.  She received her B.F.A in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design, M.F.A from Columbia University. 

Julia Forrest Julia is a Brooklyn-based fine art photographer working only in film with no digital manipulation. She poses nymph like women in the landscape. By using mirrors, reflections, and forced perspective, she creates an illusion in front of the lens. Although they appear delicate and fragile, it is obvious they posses a mysterious power to move the landscape at will. They change shape and scale, picking up parts of the landscape or completely transforming it. She received her Bachelor of Photography from Hartford Art School in 2009.

Carl Fudge, A simple stack of handmade bricks replicates a sight once familiar along the banks of the Hudson River’s now lost industrial past. In an amusing and absurd opposition to the building blocks of the industrial age are the building blocks to the digital realm, represented in a series of simulated computer screen-glitch woodcuts alongside digitally manipulated images of 19th Century industrial scenes. Crafted using a combination of current technologies and traditional techniques these prints are a 21st Century collaboration with the past. Born in London, England, Carl Fudge lives in NYC and teaches at Columbia University

Andrea Goldman, Madness Q & A: The Watery Part of the World, 12 minute video, photograph, and drawing. Inspired by Michel Foucault’s massive tome History of Madness. Goldman uses a family cruise to answer nature’s questions with quotes from Moby Dick. Andrea worked on editing this video and creating the music for it during her 2011 Catwalk residency, and was inspired by the wonky organ and the whaling history of the Hudson River. Andrea has a BFA fro The University of Georgia and received her MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works in Brooklyn. 

Andy Hall, 10k 2.0, Silk, canvas, copper, nylon 100ft x 100ft, 2015 This work makes a description of scale visible and tactile and is influenced by the built environment and the immense space of daydreams. Andy Hall is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Chicago. He is a member of the full time faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Kobbe Project is a collaborative project under the direction of Mia de Bethune, art therapist from NYU, bringing together multi-disciplinary artists interested in exploring the use of weaving for artistic, educational, therapeutic and environmental purposes. Mia’s The Kobbe Series plays on the amplification of what is found in the environment. Dean Wetherell, Producer, Director, Videographer from Stanford Communications Dept., NYU Tisch Film, presents a documentary film about the project in the garage bays at Catwalk. In addition to the collaborative works: Jennifer Wiles, Choreographer, Dance Therapist, Lesley College Dance Therapy, created an original dance Koru in response to the environmental weaves. The encaustic weaves of Madeline Wilson, Photographer, Artist, Art Educator, NYU Photo Dept., (Wind Chime) can be found in the trees around the field and her Elements series hangs from trees on the way to Catslair. Nelly Edmondson, Columbia Narrative Medicine Program also presents collages in the garage gallery. Valeria Koutmina, SVA Art Therapy Dept., creates a visceral response to the land in a series of architectural weavings created of fine cotton that can be seen throughout the grounds. Works can be viewed either in the garage gallery or on the grounds walking from Catwalk to Catslair, culminating at Catslair where the public may join in a communal weave.

Lightning Bugs in a Jar, video and photos. View the trailer and production stills from the new release that premiered at Cannes last May, with private screenings at NYU and the Community Theater in Catskill. Filmed here during a residency last fall, Bugs is a project brought to fruition by Ian Simpson, Sophia Betz and Sara Wolkowitz. Ian received his MFA from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2007 and BAs in both Film and Psychology from Vassar College in 2005. Sara is an independent filmmaker and theater director with a BA in Film from Vassar College ’05. Sophia is a video editor and producer living in Brooklyn. She holds a BA in Film from Vassar College ’05

Georgia Wall, Chuck and Manish is a video diptych reflecting on rivers as metaphor exploring culture and place. The piece is shot in Northern India beside the Ganga and in New York beside the Hudson River. The two men stand in the rivers where they grew up, but sing traditional devotional songs from the other’s culture. Georgia Wall, alum of Oberlin College and The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works in Brooklyn. 

Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Ad Inexplorata (“Toward the Unknown”), excerpts from a feature-length fiction film, work-in-progress. In a realistic near future, Captain William D. Stanaforth is alone on a one-way mission to be the first man on Mars. Along the way, Stanaforth transforms from stoic engineer to poetic explorer in this psychological sci-fi film asking existential questions. Mark is also displaying a series of objects, materials tests for archeological plates. Born and raised and still living in New York City and alum of Vassar College (1997), Mark is a filmmaker and the Founder and Artistic Director of Rooftop Films.

Marion Spencer Disappearbox, Choreographed and performed by Marion, is a dance piece that at its core explores the question “how do we heal?”.  Movement accompanied by sound and set adds texture to the dance and also locates the piece and process specifically in the Hudson Valley. Marion Spencer is a Brooklyn-based dance artist, a graduate of Vassar College (class of 2009) with degrees in Geography and Anthropology, and a lover of the Hudson Valley and Catskill region. She is honored to have been a resident artist at Catwalk and to be presenting her work at Reflecting on Art from the Sight Lines of Nature.

Super Hero Clubhouse, Jupiter, a work in progress play shown in video excerpt, is a multi-disciplinary, original work exploring issues of energy policy in the face of climate change that was work shopped at Catslair. Superhero Clubhouse fuses scientific research and theatrical storytelling into an imaginative, explosive new myth for the modern world. Directed by Simón Adinia Hanukai, Columbia University, School of the Arts, MFA in Theatre Directing, written and performed by Jeremy Pickard Ithaca College, Bachelors Degree in Drama, Ithaca College London Center, Spring 2004,music composed and performed by Jonathan Camuzeaux, Theater Composer, Environmental Policy and Economics Expert, production collaborators: Lani Fu and Harry Poster, BFA. in directing from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Montana Torrey, Vertical Twilight, hand-painted silk organza, 14”d X 14’. Referencing Frederic Church’s painting “Twilight in the Wilderness”, this piece performs the artist’s desire to capture and preserve the effects of fleeting light while creating a larger metaphor for a state of national fear and anxiety. Torrey presents a state of uncertainty by challenging the horizontal experience of dusk by depicting it as an imprisoned vertical column of sunset. With this shift, twilight becomes an object that prevents the viewer from entering the landscape while retaining Church’s use of twilight as a metaphor for a state of uncertainty. Torrey is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with site-specific installations. She has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Georgia Wall, Chuck and Manish is a video diptych reflecting on rivers as metaphor exploring culture and place. The piece is shot in Northern India beside the Ganga and in New York beside the Hudson River. The two men stand in the rivers where they grew up, but sing traditional devotional songs from the other’s culture. Georgia Wall, alum of Oberlin College and The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works in Brooklyn. 

Bryan Zimmerman, Flimsy Summer Clouds presents a three-dimensional landscape decoupage that blends cut and sculpted printed matter, made from photographs taken near Catwalk and Olana, as well as oblique captures of paintings by Hudson River School artists. Bryan is a Brooklyn-based artist and designer, whose work involves combinations of photo-based collage, sculpture and installation, movement, and sound. Bryan earned a BFA from The University of

Kansas in 1996. Zimmerman currently co-manages the photography labs at the Cooper Union School of Art, and is a photography instructor in both the Cooper Union Outreach Pre-College program and School Of Art.


Gazebo Cat Tales Various Authors

Jessica Berger Gross just moved from Brooklyn to Maine. She’s a graduate of Vassar College and is currently writing a memoir Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home, to be published by Scribner.  

Meredith Broussard, THE SAME RIVER TWICE, essay. Meredith’s piece, composed at Catwalk, explores collective memory, artistic conceptions of nature, and motherhood. She is an assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University.

Beth Livermore, a Knight Science Journalism Fellow, from Columbia University, is currently working on a series of essays about life on a New Jersey hay farm, where she lives with her family.

Mary Mann received her BA in Political Science from the University of Vermont and the University of Missouri and her MFA in writing from Columbia University.

Catherine Park has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia and a BA from Vassar. She lives near Cleveland with her husband and two sons, and blogs at She’s coming to Catwalk this fall to start on a novel.

Alexandra Scott, Van Winkle’s Wife (short story) and The Water Is Wide (audio)

These companion pieces, inspired by the beauty of the land where Catwalk sits, explore stories left behind from the original tale of Rip Van Winkle. Alexandra Scott is an interdisciplinary artist with a B.A. in Music from Vassar College (1995). She lives in New Orleans, where she is a working musician and writer.