Wednesday, September 27, 2017

UP NEXT: Indigo: The Seventh Color at LABspace, October 14-November 4, 2017

    Beth Dary, Crue 1, 2017  Mixed dye with indigo, raw pigment and encaustic on paper, 10" x 12" (framed)

LABspace is pleased to present Indigo: The Seventh Color a group exhibition of works on indigo paper curated by Lorrie Fredette and Brece Honeycutt from October 14 – November 4, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 5:00-7:30 pm and thereafter the gallery will be open weekends 11 to 5 p.m. and by appointment through November 4.

From the curators:

The beauty of Indigo magnetically attracts the viewer. It's richness and depth is an intoxicating visual drink. Dots, dashes, cosmologies; burn marks, rusted tones, twisted strands; grids, stains, topographies; chronicle the works by Christine Aaron, Beth Dary, Grace DeGennaro, Lorrie Fredette, Valerie Hammond, Jeanne Heifetz, Lotta Helleberg, Brece Honeycutt, Patricia Miranda and Paula Overbay.

LABspace’s mission is to function as a laboratory where artists and makers experiment, trying out new methods and works. In this spirit, the artist Jeanne Heifetz assembled a group of artists to explore dyeing sheets of paper in vats of indigo ink. Indeed, the alchemical process of indigo appeared as at first the paper emerged green but then oxidized instantly into a mercurial blue; Indigo on paper creates a dramatic moment.

Indigo gives us pause to take notice; this regal color demands our attention triggering an avalanche of history. Linnaeus named the plant, Indigofera “ after its land of origin and the Latin verb fero meaning ‘to produce.’ Throughout history, Indigo symbolizes royalty for the Egyptians, denotes Krishna in Indian miniature paintings, tells of the social order in Guatemala and clads Odin in Nordic Sagas. Sought by royalty and worn by the working class in the form of uniforms and bluejeans, Michael Taussig rightly deems “indigo is the crossover color.”

"A beautiful thing, though simple in its immediate presence, always gives us a sense of depth below depth, almost an innocent wild vertigo as one falls through its levels"
- Frederick Turner

LABspace was founded and is directed by the artist Susan Jennings. The gallery is dedicated to experiments in curation, exhibiting category-busting and/or materially surprising contemporary art, and hosting performance art, screenings, readings and music that push the boundaries of categorization, participation and/or experience.

                                    Grace DeGennaro, Weaving (Indigo #3), Watercolor on indigo dyed paper, 34” x 21”

     Paula Overbay, Jouer#12, Acrylic on indigo dyed paper, 8 x 9 ½”

    Jeanne Heifetz, Mottainai 13, Ink on indigo dyed gampi torinoko paper, 11” x 15”

                       Patricia Miranda, Florilegium, 2017, indigo tincture, Indigo-dyed paper, fresh water pearls,                                      horsehair, thread, 35” x 12” x 9“

                        Lotta Helleberg, Disintegration, 2017, Japanese mulberry paper, Strathmore printing paper, indigo                         dye and botanical contact prints, hand and machine stitching, 34" x 25"

                                                           Valerie Hammond, Persephone, 2017, Relief printed collagraph 
                                                           on handmade Kozo paper, 60" x 30"

                      Christine Aaron, What We Keep IV, 2017, Burnt Drawing on indigo dyed paper, 10" x 8"

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Double Vision: Artists Who Instagram September 16 - October 7

Erick Johnson and Janice Caswell in conjunction with LABspace are pleased to present “Double Vision:  Artists who Instagram." This exhibition opens on Saturday, September 16th with a reception for the artists from 5-7pm. The show runs from September 16 – October 7, 2017.

LABspace is located at 2642 NY Route 23 just west of NY Route 22 in Hillsdale in Hillsdale. The gallery is open from 11-5 on Saturdays and by appointment.

Artists Featured in "Double Vision: Artist Who Instagram" Include:

Rosaire Appel
Janice Caswell
Erick Johnson
Mary Lum
Tom Martinelli
Liz Nielsen
Chris Sauter
Karen Schifano
Karen Schiff

Artists have long turned to photography as a means of augmenting their studio practice or as an end in itself. But today so many of us have a camera on hand and numerous ways to instantly display, share, edit and store images, changing how we interact with what we see.

“Double Vision” investigates the sometimes blurred line between studio and street. When the artist leaves the studio, what do they “see” and what do they photograph? Is it an extension of their vision, a corollary practice, or something in between? How do the two feed each other?

The curators, artists who are active Instagram users themselves, became aware of many others who are taking photos that seem directly connected to the art they make. Their photographs clearly relate to their studio work, though none of these artists consider themselves photographers or envision their photographs being presented as their art.

This show pairs the artists’ studio work with a sampling of the photographs they’ve shared on Instagram, allowing the two to coexist in the gallery space and highlighting their connections to
each other.

There is a catalog accompanying this show available at the gallery which can be viewed following this link

The image above is a photo posted on Instagram by the artist Tom Martinelli 

For more information, other or larger images contact Susan Jennings at or visit

LABspace was founded and is directed by the artist and musician Susan Jennings. The gallery is dedicated to experiments in curation, exhibiting category-busting and/or materially surprising contemporary art, and hosting performance art, screenings, readings and music that push the boundaries of categorization, participation and/or experience.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

MUSIC SEEN, An Exhibition and A Performance Series by Visual Artists Who Make Music to Open Saturday, August 19th, 5-8

Music Seen: Artists Who Make Music, August 19-September 2, 2017

Adriane Schramm, Untitled (Enid Ellen), 2017, mixed media

Steve DiBenedetto, Untitled, 2017, oil on canvas

Thomas Leo Chapman IV, Forward Flight of Pterodactyl   (state of mind of the: Pterodactyl Posse Pleoavcee Party Political), 2017,  Pencil, marker, watercolor on paper mounted to canvas board.

Mark Safan, Untitled , 2015, Cyanotype on Archival Rag Paper


Organized by Michele Thursz and Susan Jennings
Artist reception: Saturday, August 19th from 5-8pm. Open Saturdays through September 2nd 11-5 and by appointment via
Performance series- Saturday August 19th  6:30-8pm and again on Saturday, September 2 from 6-8.  

2642 NY Rt 23 in Hillsdale NY.

Music Seen Part 1 - is the first a series of exhibitions, performances, and publications, which explore the relationship between, visual artists and music.
Part one of this series is structured as an exhibition of visual art works by the artists and two evenings  of performances by the artists’ bands at LABspace.  Additionally, an online listening station with the artists’ music and/or performance videos  will available at as an extension of the exhibition.

SEEN plays with the terminology of a scene, a place where an incident in real life or fiction occurs. In this exhibition, we explore the intersection of the  "artist" and "musician" paradigm. In 2017 the term multidisciplinary covers what in the past separated the practice of visual arti and music. Today, many visual artists refer to the production model of the music industry, regarding collaboration, creation, and alternatives to the commercial  distribution model.

In MUSIC SEEN Part1, we engaged in a process similar to digging through crates of albums and uncovering a gem in seeking visual artists who are also musicians with bands. We followed strings to the unknown, the underground and even the secret places where the visual artist explores other avenues of expression through music.

MUSIC SEEN Part 1 participating artist include -
Adam Ames, Andrew Bordwin, Nurya Chana, Thomas Leo Chapman IV, Chou Wen-chung, Jennifer Coates, Steve DiBenedetto, Enid Ellen, David Humphrey, John Jackson, Inju Kaboom, Bill Komoski,Tom Kotik, Thomas Lail, Damon Locks, Reggie Madison, Paul McMahon,, Slink Moss, David Mramor, NN, Love Psychedelic Nevai, Laura Ortman, Alexander Ross, Mark Safan, Katia Santibanez, Katy Schneider, Adriane Schramm, Michelle Segre, James Siena, Jennifer Sirey,  Matt Tiernan

“There’s something very attractive about just being in a space with other human beings, and there is something magical that happens with the immediacy of sound, and how it affects people”[1]  In  MUSIC SEEN the lights are on, and in clear sight and ear-shot these visual artist and their music is exposed as one practice. Join the scene,

Michele Thursz is an independent cultural producer and consultant based in New York City. She has served as director of contemporary and outsider art galleries, media collectives and art advisory companies, as well as consulted private collections. She has written and led public conversations about contemporary art and related professional issues.

LABspace was founded and is directed by the artist Susan Jennings. The gallery is dedicated to experiments in curation, exhibiting category-busting and/or materially surprising contemporary art, and hosting performance art, screenings, readings and music that push the boundaries of categorization, participation and/or experience.


[1] "How Artists Are Using Music to Seduce, Confound (and Entertain) Us." ARTnews. N.p., 22 Apr. 2014. Web. 08 Aug. 2017.

Closing Reception for Hat Tip, Saturday August 12th, 3-5pm

Saturday, July 8, 2017

+1+1 Organizes "Hat Tip (artists choose artists)" at LABspace. Opening Reception Saturday, July 15th, 5-

LABspace and the NYC-based artist collective +1+1 announce the opening of "Hat Tip," with an artist reception on Saturday, July 15th from 5-7pm. The show runs through August 12th.

Tia Dale + Deb Todd Wheeler
Delano Dunn + Anna Ogier-Bloomer
Judith Linhares + Nicasio Fernandez
Nancy Shaver + Tracy Miller
Suzy Sureck + Amy Barkow
Karin Waskiewicz + Christian Maychack

Hat Tip is a group exhibition generated by each member of the +1+1 collective choosing an artist whose work they admire, and asking that artist to do the same, The organizing principle for Hat Tip is based on the idea that creative inspiration, provocation, and catalysts occur through relationships and connections to other creative minds. LABspace and +1+1 both value the fertility of artistic community, in Brian Eno's words the "ecology of talent" that exists through such interwoven connections.

Believing that artists know which work is best to show and which work best answers the call of the tipped hat of a colleague, the artist themselves have been trusted to choose what to exhibit. Hat Tip thus brings together artists at different points in their careers to build an exciting and unexpected visual dialogue.

+1+1 is an artist collective founded by Heather Cox, Janice Caswell, Beth Dary, Susan Jennings, Christy Speakman and Katarina Wong. The collective seeks to expand creative connections, encourage artist-driven curatorial experimentation, and spark cross-practice dialogue and collaboration.

LABspace was founded and is directed by the artist Susan Jennings. The gallery is dedicated to experiments in curation, exhibiting category-busting and/or materially surprising contemporary art, and hosting performance art, screenings, readings and music that push the boundaries of categorization, participation and/or experience.
LABspace is located 2642 NY Rt 23 in Hillsdale, NY just west of NY Rt 22 in Hillsdale, NY. Gallery Hours are Saturdays 11-5, some Sundays (check our Facebook page and/or website) and by appointment via

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

"Come Together" at LABspace

"Come Together" is a community collaborative art project taking place in LABspace as well as at community centers in the area. The gallery is open by appointment and on Saturdays 11-5 with art supplies and lots of table top surface.Those who participate follow an algorithm to make paintings and works on paper. There is a coming together intersection in every painting as part of the algorithm (as well as a lot of room for personal choices.) Those who have already participated have had a great experience. Connecting and chatting while working is encouraged and a part of the together-coming. 

Later in the summer we shall announce a pot luck dinner and a silent auction of the work made during the open community studio. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to support children making art this summer in the community centers involved and 50% will go toward the expenses of the gallery in creating this project. The photo above is one of the completed paintings. The individual artists remain anonymous as it is the collective experience that is being explored with this project and work. People from 2-85, some who identify as artists and others who do not have participated thus far.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Final Weekend Events for Taconic North at LABspace on Performance by "Tofu" on June 10th from 6-7pm and Closing Reception on June 11th from 5-7pm

Taconic North, the large group show of small works by 117 area artists is coming to a close at LABspace this weekend. To celebrate we have scheduled two events. Tofu, comprised of Katia Santibanez (whose work is featured in Taconic North) along with her husband, the artist James Siena. The duo performs charming songs of yesteryear as well as some of their original pieces, in English, French and Spanish. They will be joined by a short acoustic set by Black Lake (Susan Jennings and Slink Moss.) The performance will be from 6-7 this Saturday, June 10th and is free of charge.

Santibanez' work is represented in NYC by Morgan Lehman. Siena's work is represented by Pace Gallery.

Then on Sunday, June 11th from 5-7 there will be a closing reception for the exhibition to which all are invited. Homemade strawberry shortcake will be served at this event (until it runs out.) All are welcome. Please note that the gallery will not be open on Sunday other than for this reception unless by appointment.
Katia Santibanez, SYMPHONY IX, 2014, photo collage on board, 4x3 inches

Katia Santibanez and James Siena