The Teaching Gallery Presents “Home Alone 3: On Pause,” Feb. 9 – April 16

February 8, 2021

An Online Exhibition of Video Works by Four Artists

The work of artists Janaye Brown, Matt Frieburghaus, Megan Suttles and Mandy Cano Villalobos will be featured in “Home Alone 3: On Pause,” the third virtual exhibition to be presented by The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College as pandemic safety protocols keep the on-campus gallery closed. The exhibition will be available for viewing Feb. 9 through April 16 at

Live-streamed artist talks will be presented on:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 9 a.m. – Janaye Brown
  • Wednesday, March 3 at 2 p.m. – Matt Frieburghaus
  • Thursday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. – Mandy Cano Villalobos
  • Thursday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m. – Megan Suttles

The talks will be free to the public with links available at

The video works in “Home Alone 3: On Pause” examine the passing of time during this period of ongoing isolation as the coronavirus surges across the nation. “As we all dream of the day when life may return to ‘normal,’ these four artists are renewing ongoing investigations, resurrecting past projects or entirely shifting gears in response to social distancing and isolation,” Teaching Gallery Director Tara Fracalossi writes in an exhibit essay.

“The artists presented here grapple with the universal experiences of boredom, loneliness, claustrophobia, patience and, through the sheer persistence of making work, hope. From the amusing to the quietly contemplative, the works included in “Home Alone 3: On Pause” speak to the breadth and commonality of our experiences as we wait and hope for the dark cloud of COVID-19 to clear.”

Janaye Brown: Still Image from Limbo 2020
Janaye Brown
Still Image from Limbo 2020
4K Video, Color, Sound

--The videos of Janaye Brown invite the viewer to observe and experience the calm stillness of waiting while mundane actions – a boat passing in the distance, a man doing tai chi – unfold. Brown has an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Cinematic Arts and Technology from California State University Monterey Bay. She currently lives in Shanghai, China.

Matt Frieburghaus: Still image from Scanning the Greenland Sea, 2020
Matt Frieburghaus
Still image from Scanning the Greenland Sea, 2020
Single Channel Video, Sound

--In Matt Frieburghaus’s work, “time, space and sound are compressed into videos and images that offer open space, escape and (the good kind of) solitude reminiscent of dawn at the seaside or the view from a mountaintop.” An associate professor of Digital Media at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, he received an MFA in Computer Art from Syracuse University and a BFA in Animation from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Megan Suttles: Image from Once More Series, 2017 – 2020
Megan Suttles
Once More Series, 2017 – 2020
Self-portraits – 1000 images
Image selected from 200 still images in 2-foot cube

--For Megan Suttles, the walls have literally closed in. The artist twists, turns and contorts herself to occupy open cubes (containment zones) of decreasing size. Suttles is founder, owner and curator of Hot Wood Arts in Brooklyn that houses 16 artist studios, a gallery, performance space and a recording studio. She has both an MFA and BFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Mandy Cano Villalobos: Still image from Sanities and Solitudes: Blow, 2020.
Mandy Cano Villalobos
Still image from Sanities and Solitudes: Blow, 2020.

--Mandy Cano Villalobos re-inhabits an earlier video series, Sanities and Solitudes, in which she ritualizes the humblest of tasks – scrubbing a floor, smashing berries, tearing pages. An interdisciplinary artist whose projects span installation, painting, drawing, performance, sculpture and video, Cano Villalobos earned an MFA from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI.

The Teaching Gallery is supported by the Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media Department, Cultural Affairs Program, and the college’s Foundation. This virtual exhibition was developed with assistance from web developers in the Information Technology Services department and from the Office of Communications and Marketing, which houses the Graphics department.

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