An online gallery hop
The initial idea for this post was a virtual, around-the-world art tour, with links to the National Gallery, the Hermitage, the Uffizi, and many other internationally famous collections. Those resources are certainly available (here’s a comprehensive list), but—even better—how about a virtual glimpse into the studios of Western New York artists? A surprising number of locally based artists are broadcasting their art, art practice, and exhibitions through YouTube, Vimeo, and other online media.
For example, Peter Stephens, whom Spree has covered frequently, has this interactive tour of his current show at David Richard Gallery in Manhattan. The painter’s bright abstractions are made-to-order for the clean white walls of this space, interestingly located on East 121st Street.
Wilson-based artist Nikki Milley shares "Friday Fun Tips", "Sh*t My Husband Asks", time lapse videos, and art business on her YouTube channel.
Did you miss recent opening receptions and artist talks at Buffalo Arts Studio? Want to get an idea of how a ceramics class works there? Interested in an intro to portrait drawing? It’s all been captured on video for you. There are mural tours; artist talks by Black Kirby, Richard Reitzenstein, Stacey Robinson, and many others; panel discussions; and even a look at last spring’s Plates and Pasta event.
John Knecht is a digital art pioneer and a distinguished professor of art, art history, film, and media studies at Colgate University. There is much to explore in this website, including video installations, single channel videos, and paintings.
Brendan Bannon photography
“Creativity is my neighbor; I live by it!” declares Edreys Wajed, a painter and muralist who has recently been expressing sounds and rhythms as shapes and colors. See how he does it here. Photographer Brendan Bannon has visited refugee camps, sharing his skills with the displaced, helping them find ways to express the inexpressible.
Time lapse photography of Tricia Butski working on a piece
Many artists have employed time lapse photography to allow us to watch artworks being created magically, within minutes. Here’s one example by Tricia Butski.
Painter Alberto Rey has been working on a really cool project: documenting objects that are usually buried deep in the storage areas of the Buffalo Museum of Science. See two time lapse videos of these being made, here and here.
And here's another time lapse of artist/historian/activist Dana Saylor painting someone's beautiful house.
Andrea Mancuso and Peter D’Auria together are Virocode, longtime trailblazers in photography, video, and installation combining the two. See Virocode’s recent Play/Ground installation here.
Jon Hand video
There is much, much more, including beautiful video portraits of artists by Jon Hand (his hospice work is also here), a YouTube channel from watercolor master Kathleen Giles, and (blast from the past) a 1991 performance by expat ceramic artist Neil Tetkowski.
We’ll be updating this roundup of online creativity as we hear about more. Enjoy!