MORE ABOUT US + OUR WORK
thematically intersected at various stages of our careers, the idea of collaborating
to build upon our individual endeavors struck a responsive chord. Initial dual-fellowships
in painting and photography to Yaddo in 1978 allowed us the opportunity
to birth CoLabART in an ideal setting. During the ensuing years we have opened
this further to include writers, musicians and visual artists of our own time
as well as those from previous generations. This has helped us in our efforts
to blend varied disciplines and has also brought us an additional gift—a
fuller understanding of the creative spirit within us all.
Our mixed-media efforts have always incorporated contemporary photography as well as 19th-century non-silver processes with painting, drawing and printmaking. With the inclusion of naturally-occurring elements from specific sites, sculptural elements have begun to play an expanded role in our overall concerns.
More recent works—influenced by L.A.'s techno-cine-cyberwaves and 21st-century modalities—are exploring the computer and video's unique sense of place to further the ongoing narrative of the sublime in American landscape tradition and the spirtual realm.
Beginning in the 1990s, we have used audio components to add new dimensions to our work as we have always wanted the art to have a voice. Now the new frontiers of the digital dialectic have allowed us to change forever our artmaking boundaries. During our fall 2003 joint-residency Yaddo fellowships in painting, photography and multimedia, we further developed our VoiceOfTheLandscape: Earth Elegies III project —an interdisciplinary, immersive work-in-progress. Utilizing the technical resources of Skidmore College and the New York State Library's Special Collections and Archives division, original source material from Thomas Cole's sketchbooks and writings among others were digitized and afterward integrated into a four-channel transmedia project. The Voice concept video, a 4-channel demo version as well as the documentation video of the multimedia installation, InTheBeginning: Earth Elegies II may be seen on YouTube [see selected exhibitions].
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1978 — PRESENT
Everything is two things that converge.
This range of convergence is really the great area of speculation.
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