Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Member Spotlight: Lanie Zipoy, Producer and Orietta Crispino, founder of Theaterlab, collaborate with "Voices from a Kentucky Prison" project. Benefit reading in NYC, May 23rd

International Women Artists' Salon is honored to announce the participation of members Lanie Zipoy (producer) and Orietta Crispino (founder of Theaterlab) in the collaborative project, Voices from a Kentucky Prison.

On Monday, May 23rd, Theaterlab in association with AMZ Creative, LLC present Northpoint: Voices from a Kentucky Prison, a benefit reading of short plays written by prisoners at Northpoint in Burgin, Kentucky. This exciting, one-night only event will support the 2011 playwriting program at Northpoint as well as seed a two-week playwright residency at the prison.

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm
at Baruch Performing Arts Center
25th St. between Lexington Ave. & Third Ave.

Here's what the prisoners said about the playwriting program:

"This opportunity encourages us to learn about subjects that can benefit us not only while we are incarcerated, but when we rejoin society. Many of us only have what we have learned prior to prison, or in prison. So any opportunity to learn and grow is tremendously beneficial and appreciated!” -- Denny Holder

After just two classes I have been really inspired to follow my dream of becoming a writer.” -- Jack Cook

“With art in our lives it allows us to be creative, which opens up an opportunity to think, which opens doors to see what is going on inside of us. It’s a wonderful chance to better ourselves.” -- Nicklaus Murrell

The performance will feature:

The Lie and the Cover by Nicklaus Murrell, directed by Daniel Talbott
Screen Warriors by Denny Holder, directed by Jeremy Dobrish
Convictions by Rob Daughenbaugh, directed by Melanie Sutherland
Lunker by Jack Cook, directed by Carlo Altomare
The Innocent Man by Calvin Sturgill, directed by Erma Duricko
Reflections from Behind the Wire by Rick Cavins, directed by Padraic Lillis

and live music by Doug Wamble.

Production Team:

Synge Maher (Artistic Director)
Lanie Zipoy (Producer)
Montserrat Mendez (Producer/Technical Director)
Destiny Lilly (Casting Director)
Theaterlab (Producing Organization), co-founder Orietta Crispino
The performance will last 80 minutes and be followed by a reception.

Website: http://www.northpointplays.com 
Tickets: $30 at https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/827135
Donations: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/store/28175/donate/14585

Lanie Zipoy

Lanie Zipoy
(Producer) is a producer with AMZ Creative, LLC and public relations consultant for the arts. Her producer credits include Universal Robots by Mac Rogers (2009 ITBA Best Off-Off Broadway Play, Four New York Innovative Theatre Awards nominations); 7 Sins in 60 Minutes (HERE and Philly Fringe); The Riverside Symphony (Planet Connections Festivity, 7 Award nominations) and The Battle of Spanktown (2010 FringeNYC). She is producing 23 Feet in 12 Minutes in New Orleans May 18 - 21, 2011, sponsored by Credit Suisse. Lanie is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, TRU’s Producer Development Program and the New York Innovative Theatre Awards Honorary Awards Committee.

Orietta Crispino

Theaterlab (Producing Organization), founded in 2006 by Carlo Altomare and Orietta Crispino, is dedicated to research into the nature of live performance.  In the past five years, Theaterlab has established itself as the premier downtown salon for experimental theatre and performance.  Altomare and Crispino have created experimental theatrical pieces, including Appearance -- A Suspense in Being and Solo Performance Workshop. Crispino also directed La Fricchettona, three monologues by Dario Fo and Franca Rame, and developed Three Sisters Come and Go, drawn from the texts of Chekhov, Beckett and Julia Kristeva.  Altomare teamed with visual artist Naoki Iwakawa for a 13-part action painting cycle, EXCAVATION, which was presented at Theaterlab over two years (2008 - 2010).  The company’s artist residency program has hosted Jef Johnson, renowned principal clown of Slava’s Snowshow; Dutch movement artist Linda Olthof; famed Italian performance artist group Motus and comedian Reno. For more information, visit www.theaterlabnyc.com.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Member Spotlight: Visual Artists Cornelia Jensen and Crystal Gregory showcase their studios at Madarts, Brooklyn, NY, May 14th and 15th‏

International Women Artists' Salon is honored to present visual artist members Cornelia Jensen and Crystal Gregory who invite you to visit their studios at Madarts in Brooklyn, NY, May 14th and 15th, noon to 6pm.  They join over 40 fellow Madarts artists for this open studio tour for the public.  This is a fine opportunity to see artists' finished pieces as well as work-in-progress and to see how they work.  

MOST - Madarts Open Studio Tour
May 14th and 15th 
12 to 6pm
255 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
between 5th & 6th Avenue

"Sunset Crater Park"
Cornelia Jensen
latex paint on wood
24" x 48" 

"Foot Traffic"
Crystal Gregory
Granny squares on footbridge
5' x 75'

Cornelia Jensen
Styrofoam packing material, plastic grass, fluorescent light
18" x 13" x 9"d

Crystal Gregory
Crochet incased bricks
5' x 5'

Cornelia Jensen
Flattened rusty can, latex paint, butterfly wing, ladybugs, milkweed on wood and canvas
10" x 12"

Crystal Gregory
Drywall, wood, and glass
14' x 10' x 10'

Crystal Gregory 
Crystal Gregory is a multi media artist creating works that focus
on urban landscape, home, and handwork. Her materials are domestic,
architectural, and organic. The art operates as both sculpture and
site specific installation. Lace and cloth and their collective
relationships to psychogeographies, domesticity, privacy and personal
space are the tools she uses to communicate within her work. Her
installations and component sculptures are hybridized spaces, fragile
and distressed. Her practice is divided into community outreach
projects, studio practice and public art.
Currently living and working in New York Crystal's work has been
written about in New York Magazine, ArtSlant, and Kipton Art. PS 122
Gallery hosted her for in a six week performative installation, On the
Fence. Other shows include Art in Odd Places, public art show, as well
as Giacobetti Paul Gallery Dumbo and Fair Folk & a Goat. She is
currently working with two architectural firms on permanent art
installations and has been given a grant for a public art piece from
the Department of Transit NYC. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts
from the University of Oregon with a focus in Fiber Arts. In the fall
she will attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a Full
Merit Scholarship in the Fiber and Martial Studies MFA program.

Artist Statement

I use lace as the foundation of my work, giving structure to my ideas
and rhythm to my patterns.  Lace draws the eye to negative space,
delicately unveiling, revealing more than it conceals, using it’s own
emptiness as pattern.  Lace and cloth have strong relationships to
domesticity, privacy and personal space and at the same time this
material is incredibly charged with societal associations of class,
femininity, and sex.

As a multi media artist I am using the material ideas of lace to
inspect issues of the urban landscape, the home, and handwork.  My
materials are domestic and architectural and operate as both sculpture
and site specific installation.  I use antique lace and vintage damask
pattern to penetrate building material and create domestic sculpture.

Cornelia Jensen 
Cornelia Jensen’s work ranges from figure-ground painting to found-object assemblage, often blurring the boundary between abstract and representational imagery. By juxtaposing natural and recycled objects in a reliquary format, Jensen references the relationship between human-made environment and human unconscious. Jensen has begun incorporating light into some of her assemblages. The added element of illumination, transforms our conception of what is a normal avenue to the sublime.
Jensen received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2009 while living in New York. Prior to 2003, she spent fifteen years in San Francisco where she designed and co-created venues for art and film including the Lola Gallery and the The Werepad. She has curated art and multi-media events, and worked on independent films. In 1988 she began the graduate program in Film/Video Performance at what was then called California College of Arts and Crafts. In 1987, she received a BA in Philosophy from Haverford College. In 1986 she studied at the Syracuse University Studio Art Program in Florence, Italy. She graduated with honors in Art from The Masters School in 1983 and received the Merriam Hewitt Art Award. Jensen started exhibiting her art at the age of four and was fortunate enough to come from a family that encouraged the study and practice of art. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and Korea and is in private collections in the United States and Europe. Jensen was born in 1965 and grew up outside of New York City. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Artist Statement
Ranging from pure painting to stylized found-object assemblage, my work explores the context of the “thing-in-itself” in relation to its environment. I integrate paint and hardware with natural and recycled objects such as ladybugs, milkweed, tin cans and circuit boards. The juxtaposition of seemingly disparate objects and materials emphasizes their formal qualities, severing the association of each part to its own history. This transforms the individual elements into relics laced with a blend of sentiment and irreverence. The relationship between the natural and man-made materials decodes the evidence of the collective unconscious in our fabricated environment, and raises the question of what is meaningful or useless, beautiful or ugly, rare or common.
For my graduate thesis I did a study of James Turrell’s use of light. By creating the illusion of making space appear to have mass, his art distills the experience of our perception down to the moment of “seeing ourselves see”. His subtle yet transformative use of light as a medium inspired me to integrate light into my work to enhance the perceptual response to mundane materials. I create pieces out of found Styrofoam packing material with internally incorporated light. The light pervades the material, illuminating the piece from within, instead of relying on external directional or ambient lighting to make the work visible. This alters our perception of the material by adding a level of intangibility, which transforms our perception of expected avenues to the sublime. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Member Spotlight: Laura H. Cannistraci, Visual Artist - Solo exhibition at Manhattan Theatre Source, NYC, May 9th - June 19th

International Women Artists' Salon is thrilled to announce the inaugural showing of member Laura Cannistraci's brilliant Mandalas.  Her solo exhibition takes place at Manhattan Theatre Source in NYC, May 9th - June 19th, with artist reception on May 15, 5:00-7:30 pm.

Spend time with Laura as she works on new pieces on 'Nights with the Artist', May 25th and June 8th, 5:30-7:30 pm.  Create your own work if you feel up for the challenge. 
Laura would like to invite you to share this 'dream come true' for her.

Colliding Spheres

Manhattan Theatre Source presents

passage to wisdom
Mandalas by Laura H. Cannistraci

I have been creative since I was four years old. I remember drawing the peanuts in my yard for hours. Though the years my creativity came in many forms. Last year I started creating mandalas, which are a Hindu and Buddhist spiritual meditative art form. The Sanskrit meaning of mandala is circle. The circle is a symbol of perfection, eternity, unity and completeness. Some of my mandals are incomplete circles because sometimes we don’t know where we are going. Mandalas are versatile and can personify any number of meanings for the viewer. The meaning of each mandala is limited only by the creator and the viewer. Creating these pieces truly ground my spirit. Many pieces include an elephant. I have received much feedback concerning the trunk being down in some pieces. The elephant is not included as a symbol of luck. The elephant is a symbol of knowledge, seeker of wisdom and the remover of obstacles. My take on this is you gain knowledge through learning and living. You are the remover of obstacles by learning to listen to yourself on your passage to wisdom. Speak the ohm, the oldest sound in the universe and allow its vibration to transport you to a place of true knowledge.

colliding universes

Manhattan Theatre Source

177 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10011
(bet. 8th St & Waverly Pl.)
Subway: ABCDEFV to West 4th
(one block east and one block north when exiting north exit of the station)

Reservations: 866-811-4111
Business: 212-260-4698
manhattantheatresource is open
Sun - Tue, Noon to 10pm, Wed - Sat, 3pm - 10pm*
*or when the show is over. 

Purple Haze

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Member Spotlight: Lisa Haas, performer and writer - presents "In Heat", Monday, May 9th, 2011

International Women Artists' Salon is thrilled to announce that member Lisa Haas presents her new writing, IN HEAT, lampoons sexual desire, sexual orientation and gender self-identification, Monday, May 9 @ 6:30pm at Tada Theatre in New York City.


Written by Lisa Haas
Directed by Jocelyn Sawyer
Performed by Sally Sockwell

Monday, May 9 @ 6:30pm  $10
Tada Theatre
15 W. 28th St. 3rd fl. (B'way & 5th Ave)

Media Contact:
Stephanie Schroeder
Tel: 718-902-8467
Email: stephanie.e.schroeder@gmail.com
To contact artist Lisa Haas directly
Tel: 720-468-2114
Email: heyhaas@mac.com

IN HEAT lampoons sexual desire, sexual orientation and gender self-identification.

Doris, a lesbian in her 50s, is alarmed
to discover that lesbianism is being overshadowed by female-to-male transsexuals and a new Genderqueer culture.

Since Transmen are getting all the girls and lesbians are passé, Doris has pioneered a Self-Identified Lesbian Community Center, which is a cultural hospice for the last of the lesbians who will all be dying off in the next 30 years.

Lisa Haas is a performer and writer most recently starred in Madeleine Olnek’s 2011 feature film Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same and in Laura Terruso’s 2009 award winning short film Dyke Dollar. In NYC she has been seen as a writer and performer at HERE Arts Center, The Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Artists of Tomorrow, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub and other downtown performance spaces. She received a Jerome Foundation Fellowship to develop her solo comedy Crown Hill Cemetery, which played at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and Fringe Festivals in Orlando, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Some of her other works that have been performed in NYC, nationally and internationally include Stacked: A Deviant Doctoral Dissertation and Rita & Inez: The True Queens of Femininity. For more information, log onto www.lisa-haas.com.

Jocelyn Sawyer has directed new work for SP Productions, Reverie Productions, and for many festivals in New York including Six Figures’ Artists of Tomorrow, American Globe Theatre, Estrogenius, Samuel French and NYC Fringe, in addition to Queer@HERE, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange’s Women’s Performance Festival and the Left Out Festival for which she directed the different parts of In Heat by Lisa Haas.  She has assistant directed at Playwrights Horizons, The Flea and Rattlestick Theaters and the Summer Play Festival.  She has directed readings of new plays for Abingdon Theatre, Emerging Artists Theatre, New Perspectives Theatre Company, and the Becket Playwrights Festival.  She received her BA in Theatre from the University of California at Berkeley and her MA in Theatre from San Francisco State University.  She is a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Directors Lab West, Actors’ Equity Association and an associate member of SSDC.

Sally Sockwell played Joanne in the New York production of Vanities for over three years. She has appeared at The West Bank Cafe, The Lion Theatre Company, Manhattan Punch Line, Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre, Primary stages, The W.O.W. cafe, and Dixon Place. She performed at HERE in Neurotica which she co-wrote with Carolin Brown. Her regional theatre credits include: the Humana Festival at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Portland Stage Company, Syracuse Rep., Cincinnati Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage and the Arkansas Rep. Sally was in Money Matters for HBO, the film Rollover, the soap opera Texas and Lateline with Al Franken. She was a member of the Montana Playwright's Festival and the Sundance Institute. Her play The Contest was the first new play to premier at the new Margo Jones Theatre in Dallas.