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10/17/2008
New York City Visual Artists Leah Singer & Lee Ranaldo Exhibit "Space Within These Lines Not Dedicated" at Hudson Valley Community College's Teaching Gallery

Contact: Jessica Shahda, (518) 629-7180, j.shahda@hvcc.edu
For Release: Immediate, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2008

Leah Singer & Lee Ranaldo's "Space Within These Lines Not Dedicated," will be exhibited Thursday, Oct. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College. The exhibit will open on Oct. 30 with a reception from 5 - 8 p.m. in the Teaching Gallery, where Singer and Ranaldo will also present a live improvisational performance during the opening reception. The reception, performance and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

"Space Within These Lines Not Dedicated" is an exhibition that explores the intersections and connections between things; sound and image, object and space, material and application, things fabricated, things found. Working individually and together, Singer and Ranaldo open a dialogue between themselves, where images and ideas contrast, compliment, re-occur, waver, juxtapose and contradict each other. Electric guitars hang in space; strobes flash against the light; quiet, still moments and loud moments that move loom cinematic; spoken word recordings alongside a variety of sounds from various sources build a fractured narrative. Their multifaceted works suggest that despite our collaged and contingent selves - and it is all we have - a voice can be found that reflects and refracts the very location and experience of living this fractured life adrift.

The idea of eternity, something limitless, unbound, but without the assurance of immortality: it is that feeling that unites the work of Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer. Emerging from accumulated images, repetitive processes, and personal relationships, Singer and Ranaldo's works address a search for and contemplation of identity/self, as time, space and culture pass and shift.

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Singer and Ranaldo presented Drift, a 15-year collaborative-performance film and music project at venues including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Experimental Music Project, Seattle; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; and Fundação de Serralves, Porto. An exhibition and DVD/Book release based around Drift was presented in 2005 at Gigantic Art Space in New York City.

Leah Singer is an artist known equally for her self-published newspapers, film/video projects, and visual art. Leah's signature silhouette drawings grew from a 1997 self-published, all-graphic newspaper called 'copy'. This and subsequent editions have been included in various private and institutional collections including The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art.

Lee Ranaldo, co-founder of the experimental rock band Sonic Youth, is a writer, visual artist and musician. His visual art and sound works have been presented in galleries and museums worldwide. The visual art exhibition "Sonic Youth etc : Sensational Fix" recently opened at the second venue (October 10, 2008, Museion, Bolzano, Italy) of an extensive tour.

Jan Van Woensel, an independent curator, art critic and lecturer based in New York served as curatorial advisor to Singer and Ranaldo in the conception of this show. He has previously curated exhibitions that have included works by Ranaldo and/or Singer in New York, Miami, St. Louis and Los Angeles.

Singer and Ranaldo will have two concurrent shows in Europe in February 2009, "ILoveYouIHateYou" at Magasin3 in Stockholm and "Between You & Me" at cneai (Centre national de l'estampe et de l'art imprimé) in Paris.

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The Teaching Gallery is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday from 1 to 7 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m;. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The Teaching Gallery is closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit www.hvcc.edu/teachinggallery. For more information on cultural events held on campus, visit www.hvcc.edu/culture.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate's degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 64,000 alumni.