North Adams Transcript
January 30, 2007
"Mixing it up
Artists wrap up 100 hours"
By Jennifer Huberdeau
Artists have been working since Friday to fill
Gallery 51 in North Adams with their works during the '100 Hours
in the Woodshed' event.
NORTH ADAMS — Among the scraps of magazine
pages, old cups of coffee and discarded Papa Gino's pizza boxes,
16 artists cut, pasted, sewed and spliced as they raced against
the clock Monday afternoon during the final hours of the "100
Hours" art marathon held at Gallery 51.
The event, which spanned four days and nights, brought together 20 collage
artists from not only the Berkshires but also from New York City, Boston
and Canada to create new work for the gallery's newest exhibit, "100
Hours in the Woodshed," which opens tonight. An opening reception will
be held from 6 to 9.
"January tends to be a quiet month," said local artist Daniel "Danny
O" O'Connor on Monday. "The big idea was to bring people to town who
are not familiar with the Berkshires and take care of them. Hopefully, their
memories will be of the Berkshires as this comfortable arts utopia. That's why
very few Berkshire artists were chosen for the event, but we do have a strong
local component." O'Connor proposed the idea of holding a "collage
party" to Jonathan Secor, MCLA director of special programs, after attending
one at the ZieherSmith Gallery in New York City's Chelsea art district last summer.
As part of the show, artists created their pieces for the exhibit in the gallery,
which was open to the public for the 100 hours they had to make the artwork.
O'Connor said more than 200 people toured the gallery on Saturday alone. " I
think we got the residual from the free day at Mass MoCA," he said. "But
it's really great. We have people that have come in every day to see the progress.
We have people who come in at 9 p.m. to see what's gone on during the day." Secor
said the show was being well received by local residents. " On Saturday,
the crowds almost became a problem," he said. "At one point, you could
look out at the gallery and there wasn't room to move, never mind work. I can
imagine how hard it is for some artists to work beside other artists instead
of being alone in their own studio. Then you add the crowds in."
Lana Z. Caplan of Boston was in the final stages
of editing together vintage movie trailers — creating short
videos that explore the topic of relationships. " I've made
a one-minute romance made from the trailers and another that
explores relationships through a lion and tiger fight," she
said. "I want people to take away the idea that some relationships
are more complicated than others — and as equally as heated.
In the film, you can see (the lion and tiger) are clearly not
trying to maim each other, they're playing. It's like some more
complicated relationships." Caplan also created an abstract
film collage with the optical sound strips from the lion and
tiger fight scenes. "You're looking at the sound, but it's
silent," she said. "It's the sound of the lion, tiger
and the fight, yet it's silent. I'm thinking of titling it 'Roar.' " (...)