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Live Well Wednesdays: Hudson Valley Seed Library

The Hudson Valley Seed Library is comprised of small, independent, sustainable and resilient seeds. Located in the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York, the library has its own seed farm where open-pollinated seeds are grown, saved, and packed by hand. The library does not have any hybrid or genetically engineered seeds and works to preserve genetic diversity and save seed stories. 

 

The Hudson Valley Seed Library also offers art packs, which combine heirloom seeds and contemporary art, all in one. Every pack of seeds features the work of a different artist 

 

Please pay the Hudson Valley Seed Library a visit and get your own garden started! 

 

 

 

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Photo recap: Introducing On The Road Project LA

On the Road Project LA is a yearlong series of exhibitions and conversations that highlight contemporary architectural practices in Los Angeles. Kicking off the series was the organization's first event this past weekend, where 18 studios and individuals showcased a project that they are currently working on for a one-day exhibition.

 

During On the Road Project LA, which will rotate distinct venues throughout LA during the course of the series, participants aim to capture the experimental spirit of the city while exploring intellectually-charged and contemporary ideas through architecture, design and art.

 

As featured in the LA Times, the project is organized by Jonathan Louie, James Michael Tate, curator Danielle Rago and editor Courtney Coffman. We look forward to watching the series unfold and are happy to share the following photo recap from On The Road Project LA! Photography by Jaime Kowal for On The Road Project LA. 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to artist Phyllis Galembo

 

This year's Venice Biennale, as curated by Massimiliano Gioni, opens on June 1st, and runs through the end of November.  As artistic director of the 55th International Art Exhibition, Gioni is evoking the self-taught Italian-American artist Marino Auriti by titling this year's affairs the Encyclopedic Palace. On November 16th, 1955, Auriti filed a design with the US Patent Office depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico, which was an imaginary museum meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries in a 136-story building that would stand 700 meters tall and take up over 16 blocks in Washington, D.C.

 

"Auriti’s plan was never carried out, of course, but the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up throughout history, as one that eccentrics like Auriti share with many other artists, writers, scientists, and prophets who have tried—often in vain—to fashion an image of the world that will capture its infinite variety and richness," said Gioni in a statement.

 

Among the 155 artists and special exhibits being featured in this year's exhibition is Phyllis Galembo. John Patrick first met Phyllis back in the late 1970s, as introduced by artist Jan Galligan, and the two have been longtime friends and mutual supporters ever since. Phyllis' inclusion in this year's Venice Biennale is well-deserved and we are so excited that she is representing the USA in Venice.

 

The above image is detail from Phyllis Galembo’s “Cowboy, Tumus Masquerade Group, Winneba, Ghana” (2009), as featured in the New York Times

 

KC Orcutt
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The work of Victor Castro

Victor Castro is a contemporary artist, born in Mexico and currently creating and living in the United States. His work is created using collected materials and aims to inspire conscious re-thinking of materials we use every day.

As promised, here is another image of work from our friend Victor

KC Orcutt
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The work of artist Victor Castro

Victor Castro is a contemporary artist, born in Mexico and currently creating and living in the United States. His work is created using collected materials and aims to inspire conscious re-thinking of materials we use every day.

As promised, here is another image of work from our friend Victor

KC Orcutt
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Meet the artist: Victor Castro

We would like to introduce you to our friend, Victor Castro. Victor is a contemporary artist, born in Mexico and currently creating and living in the United States. His work incorporates collected materials to create new life while exploring themes of mathematic rationalities, environmental consciousness and a refreshing new approach towards minimalism. His sculptures, collages and other creations are a true inspiration. 

Intermittently, we will be sharing never-seen-before images of this important artist's work.

The above piece, titled "No-mantle", was created with yogurt plastic bottle caps and steel cable, in Lima, Peru, in 2007. 

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