Skowhegan Two-Channel Video Festival: Week 4

Opening: Monday January 28, 5-8PM

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10AM-5PM 

By Appointment:

Skowhegan NY  •  136 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY

Week 3: Side By Side

Monday January 28 - Friday February 1


Richard T. Walker, A ’09 

the predicament of always (as it is)

Courtesy of the artist and Fraenkel Gallery.

Alone in a desert landscape the artist is depicted talking into a cassette recorder. Everything is silent but the recorded audio that is played back in sync with the video. Within this slippage of time the recorded voice describes uncertainties and doubts about his position within the whole. The landscape changes and rocks are thrown at instruments that have been placed within these spaces, creating a sonic component that is edited together to produce a collage of haphazard instrumentation. As rocks hit their targets different tones emanate to form notes, chords and rhythm. The result is a progressive catalogue of sounds that unite to create a sense of meaning through musical composition, reviewing and remixing the fluid experience of being within these vast landscapes. The video was filmed throughout the deserts of the South Western USA.

Selected solo exhibitions include; FraenkelLAB, San Francisco, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; di Rosa, Napa, California; The Contemporary Austin; ASU Museum, Tempe, Arizona; James Cohan Gallery, New York; Carroll/Fletcher, London; Angels Barcelona; Spike Island, Bristol; and Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis.

Group and two person exhibitions include; CAPITAL, San Francisco; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Times Museum, Guangzhou; Museum of Modern Art, Rio De jenero; Kulturhuset Stockholm; Witte De With Rotterdam and K21 in Dusseldorf. 

He was recently awarded a Eureka Fellowship and has been a recipient of the fellowship at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley and received an Artadia Award in 2009. He was an Irvine Fellow at the Montalvo Art Center and has been a resident at The Headlands Center for the Arts.

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Kerry Downey, A ’17 + Joanna Seitz 

Weather Report 

In Weather Report (2018), Kerry Downey and Joanna Seitz balance landscape and portraiture through the video’s two channels. A natural shoreline, infused with the ethereal plumes of artificially colored smoke, meets a diminutive white cube, in which the artists navigate the relation between their bodies and the physical surround. Entanglements of the body and the environment, the object and the subject, manifest in Seitz and Downey’s movement, revealing relations of mutual care, interdependence and shared process through measured choreography. 

Joanna Seitz (b.1977, Virginia) is an artist and designer living and working in New York City. Joanna holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from Hunter College. Her work includes photography, video, set design, installation, performance, and publications. Recent shows include: Art Gallery of Guelph (Ontario), (Interstate Projects (Brooklyn), ‘Cave (Detroit), Taylor Macklin (Zurich), REVERSE gallery (Brooklyn), Lynch Tham (NYC), Picturefarm (Brooklyn), the Hessel Museum at Bard College (NY), Columbia University (NY), NURTUREart (Brooklyn).

Kerry Downey (b.1979, Ft. Lauderdale) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in New York City. Downey’s work explores the relationship between states of embodiment and forms of power. Downey works primarily in video with a practice that includes printmaking, drawing, writing, and performance. They’ve recently had a solo show at CAVE in Detroit and two-person shows at Knockdown Center and 20|20 Gallery in New York City. They have exhibited at the Queens Museum, Flushing, NY; the Hessel Museum at Bard College, Annandale, NY; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Cooper Cole, Toronto, CA, and Taylor Macklin, Zurich, CH. Downey is a recipient the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant. Artist-in-residencies include Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Madison, ME), Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY; SHIFT at EFA Project Space, New York, NY; the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions, New York, NY; Real Time and Space, Oakland, CA; and the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Downey participated in the Queer/Art/Mentorship program in 2013. Their work has been in Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, The Washington Post, and Lookie-Lookie. Downey holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Hunter College.

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Orr Menirom, A ’16

Clinton and Sanders Looking at the World and Naming Things for the First Time 

This video is based on a CNN debate which took place in 2016 between the democratic presidential candidates. The visuals of the debate had been removed and replaced alternative footage. The words of the politicians, carved out of the crafted speeches, are used to describe plants, animals and natural phenomena. The candidates’ voices distort into a digital, robotic dialog, turning the debate into a Rorschach test onto which viewers can project their own thoughts and associations. 

One of the influences on this poem is machine a machine learning technology called DeepDream. This is a software designed in 2014 to identify and classify visual patterns. I began researching the influence of technology on cognitive and political perception during the 2016 election campaign. The brain’s tendency to look for meaning and patterns is stronger when there is a feeling of a lack of control—for example, at times of political change and uncertainty. Are we, like an algorithm, trapped in mind patterns that prevent us from perceiving reality as it is? This video tries to imagine what it would mean to see the world freed from those patterns we have acquired. 

Orr Menirom’s videos look into media, memory and perception. She received her MFA from the Film & Video department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was an exchange student in the sculpture department of Kuvataideakatemia, and holds a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Recent residencies include the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Jan Van Eyck Academy and the International Studio & Curatorial Program (upcoming). Her work has shown the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, and Rixc Center for New Media Culture, among other venues.


Holli McEntegart, A ’14

Beyond the ultraviolet, beyond the infrared 

Beyond the ultraviolet, beyond the infrared is a two channel video that documents an eight week durational performance leaving energy residue. This site was located and demarcated by myself and Natalie Haggar; Treasurer of the New Zealand Foundation of Spiritualists Mediums. We worked with the energies already present in the gallery, seeking to identify and bring forth both positive and negative energy aspects, to pinpoint the optimum space for this project to inhabit. Once the site was identified and marked out, Natalie cleared any lingering negative energy and tasked me with the job of keeping it that way for the next eight weeks. This process marked the beginning of the performance and initiated an organic and spontaneous series of thirteen events documented both via video and in a risograph printed text document. The video was shot and edited in real time as each happening unfolded in the demarcated space and then installed back into the space. 

Born and raised in New Zealand, Holli McEntegart is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist using performance, video, sculpture and installation to map her engagement with the intersections of real and perceptual experience. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photography and a Masters of Art & Design with First Class Honors from Auckland University of Technology (NZ). She has exhibited extensively in New Zealand, New York, Los Angeles, and throughout the USA. In 2014 McEntegart attend the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine (USA). She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.  


Jennifer Calivas, A ’16 and Dan Swindel 


Sides is Calivas and Swindel’s first collaboration. In the video they play characters who seem to operate empathetically and mimetically, connected through speech and movement - ultimately however, they always fall short of becoming fully synchronized. As they move through different locations, the two interact against a backdrop of ecological collapse. 

Jennifer Calivas and Dan Swindel are Brooklyn based artists working in photography, video, sculpture and performance. They both received their MFAs in Photography from The Yale School of Art in 2018, which is where they met and began collaborating. Their work together is influenced by Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, Authentic Movement, Clowning, Puppetry and by New Age Movements such as EST. They have shown their work at ltd Los Angeles and David Zwirner in New York. 

Week 1

Sunday January 6 - Friday January 11

Jaye Rhee (A ’09), Polka Dots 
Ana María Gómez López (A ’15), On Taphonomy 
Mary Vettise (A ’12), A reality with forms 
Lorena Mal (A ’16), Invisible Structures 
Jonathan Ehrenberg (A ’11), Monument

Week 2

Monday January 14 - Friday January 18

Elizabeth M. Webb (A ’18), CONVERSE, CONVERSE 
James R. Southard (A ’12), Father’s Flag Part A & B 
Tricia McLaughlin (A ’92), Disposable Heroes 
Josefina Malmegård (A ’16), Heavenly bodies. 
Jessica Segall (A ’10), (un)common intimacy 
Sharon Paz (A ’01), HOMESICK

Week 3

Monday January 21 - Friday January 25

Itziar Barrio (A ’12), Mirroring Basic Instinct 
Alan Segal (A ’15), Internacia Lingvo 
Shana Hoehn (A ’13), Boggy Creek Version 2 
Seline Baumgartner (A ’14), Nothing Else 
Bryan Zanisnik (A ’08), Aquarium Painting 
Lex Brown (A ’12), Projection Affection 
Cooper Holoweski (A ’09), As Above, So Below

Week 4

Monday January 28 - Friday February 1

Richard T. Walker (A ’09), the predicament of always (as it is) 
Kerry Downey (A ’17) and Joanna Seitz, Weather Report 
Angela Willetts (A ’16), Escape Raft 
Orr Menirom (A ’16), Clinton and Sanders Looking at the World and Naming Things for the First Time 
Holli McEntegart (A ’14), Beyond the ultraviolet, beyond the infrared 
Jennifer Calivas (A ’16) and Dan Swindel, Sides