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The Barn

56 2nd Street
Albany, NY 12210

Stage 1

46-48 North Swan Street
Albany, NY 12210




Live Outside the Box

Albany Barn will present a new exhibition entitled ‘Live Outside the Box’ featuring the work of artists Matthew Bartik, Ana Gallira and Claire Sherwood with a reception on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

at Stage 1,

Albany Barn’s storefront art space. ‘Live Outside the Box will open in conjunction with the monthly “1st Friday” arts walk in the City of Albany. Stage 1 is located at 46 North Swan St., Albany.

Each of the exhibiting artists uses one or more unconventional mediums to create both realistic and abstract sculpture. Everyday items including forks, rubber, and cardboard are transformed into thought-provoking pieces, inspiring the audience to reevaluate their relationship with the seemingly mundane.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. The 1st Friday Trolley will provide complimentary transportation to and from Stage 1.

“Live Outside the Box’ will be on display through the month of November. See for gallery hours.

WHAT: ‘Live Outside the Box’ Opening Reception, in conjunction with “1st Friday” Arts Walk

DATE: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

WHERE: Stage 1, 46 North Swan St., Albany, NY 12210

TIME: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

About the Artists/Artist Statements

Matthew Bartik;

Most people view a fork as just that, a fork. Matthew Bartik has taken it one step further and improved them into art. Many of the works have become, in their own way, alive through the different forms they have taken. There is no welding, soldering, glue, or strings attached to these art forms. Each and every piece of fork art is constructed from stainless steel forks and is shaped from the strength of Matthew’s arms and hands and the tool of his trade, pliers. Matthew has used many different brands and styles of forks with different varying degrees of success and uses differences to his advantage when producing different works. Mr. Bartik has displayed his work in Key West Florida, Pebble Beach California, Baltimore Maryland, and New York City and has pieces all over the world. The artist is from Mariaville, a small town in upstate New York and graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz in May of 2004.

Claire Sherwood 

Claire Sherwood was born near Troy, NY where she spent her childhood exploring and riding bikes through the industrial landscape, gravel pits and concrete plant around her home. She received her MFA from the University of Maryland and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Foundations at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Her work has been exhibited extensively including venues such as, the U.S. Smithsonian National Botanic Garden, the Corcoran Museum of Art, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and Grounds for Sculpture, in Hamilton, NJ.  and various Colleges, Universities and Art Centers throughout the U.S. 

Ms. Sherwood has won numerous grants and awards for both her personal artwork and community lead projects, and led numerous community based workshops in various locations across the US. In the summer 2006 Sherwood worked with the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution (Women’s Maximum Security Prison in Delaware) creating a group installation/video with 15 woman inmates addressing issues of women’s domestic spaces and non-traditional roles of women. This project was sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of West Virginia, Division of Culture and History. Her work is also currently on view at the Albany International Airport as part of their site specific sculpture collection.

Ana Gallira 

“Having meaning in every art work I make isn’t always obvious, but I keep in mind ideas like ephemerality and beauty. I see beauty and I want to create it. The final piece may not be what I had hoped for and sometimes I feel like I could have done better, but during the process, even for just a second a particular line or color or composition or even my motions grabs my attention and I’ll find it beautiful. I tend to reach a finish project by adding to the previous moment without much planning. My ideas come and go and I catch them when I’m ready to move on.” – Ana Gallira.


About Albany Barn

Albany Barn is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to developing a permanent, sustainable creative arts incubator and community art center in Albany, NY. Albany Barn has partnered with the Albany Housing Authority and the City of Albany to redevelop the former St. Joseph’s Academy, an abandoned school in the heart of Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood for this purpose; the project is called The Barn/Academy Lofts. Albany Barn opened Stage 1, a 1,700 square foot art space one block from St. Joseph’s Academy in 2010 to create a dynamic arts presence on North Swan Street, facilitate neighborhood involvement with The Barn/Academy Lofts project, and provide programming for the community, either produced in-house or through partnerships with other creative arts and service-based groups.

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