August 22, 2008

Beacon of light

Took the train with Tae up to Dia:Beacon and made the good move of bringing our bikes. Didn't seem like a good idea as we were swimming upstream through Grand Central, but as soon as we touched ground in Beacon it was awesome.

First off everyone should take the train to Beacon. It's around an hour, leaves regularly, and follows the Hudson which has crazy cliffs, islands with castles, and old Cope2 throw ups. Once to the station it's a quick walk, bike, crawl to Dia which was originally the National Biscuit Carton Making and Printing Plant designed by Nabisco’s staff architect Louis N. Wirshing, Jr. and built in 1927. Now it houses conceptual, minimal, and land art by Beuys, Heizer, Lewitt, Smithson, Serra, etc...

Once out of Dia we explored the length of Main and stumbled upon Electric Windows, which just won the 2008 Dutchess County Executive's Arts Award for "Art in Public Places". We then were soliciting around the front of OpenSpace Gallery when Dan of Thundercut (new site / old site)came across us and showed us around the gallery/studio. We was such an awesome guy and also just returned from teaching a street art/signage/mural class in the Dominican Republic through Parsons, The New School Univ. Coincidence? I think not. Anyways, if you ever get a chance definitely check it out. The show up right now is Gaetane Michaux & Sighn which is amazing handcut stencils in bamboo, cloth, and paper. See more of the show here.

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