Please join us for another great event!
Yardmeter 17 presents:
by Dan Magers and Francesca Chabrier,
a Max Ernst presentation
by Keith Newton,
and an operatic collaborative performance
combining the music and visuals
of Rusty Banks and Karen Graffeo.
All this happens at Shelton Walsmith's studio,
Saturday, March 26th, 7:30 p.m.
Please bring festive beverages.
About our presenters:
Karen Graffeo is an active multi-media artist creating work in both experimental and documentary photography including a 6 year-long photo/essay documentation of Roma (Gypsy) refugee encampments in Europe. She also does performance and installation based works. She has had numerous national and international solo exhibitions, including a teaching and installation residency at Ulster Art Academy in Belfast Northern Ireland and a lecture and exhibition that will open March 2007 at SACI University in Florence, Italy. She has toured the continuing documentary exhibition “Let Us Now Praise the Rom” i.e. (Gypsy) in Paris and in Ithaca, New York. Karen's work has been published in Aperture Magazine, Contemporary Southern Photographers, Number Magazine, The Seven Virtues of Photography, Black and White, in the books Visions of Angels (Smithmark Publishers, 1996, edited by Nelson Blancourt), Our Grandmothers (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1998), as well as in several literary journals and web based publications.
Rusty Banks (b.1974) is a composer, guitarist, and educator born in Jasper, AL and living in Mountville, PA. His compositions have been performed in China, Italy, Canada, and throughout the United States. Besides writing concert music for ballet, orchestra, and acoustic ensembles, Rusty “designs” pieces that use traditional performers, boomboxes, and video within dynamic audio/video installations. His music is thoroughly modern with an emphasis on beauty and invention. As a guitarist, Rusty is an often called upon interpreter of new works for the concert guitar. Besides modern works, Rusty has performed much of the traditional solo repertoire as well as concerti with Lincoln Symphony, the Third Chair Chamber Players, Doane Orchestra, and others. As an educator, Rusty has taught composition, theory, guitar, and music business courses privately and for universities. His educational endeavors are driven by a desire to involve learners in projects that transcend the semester and the campus walls and impact the community beyond. At Millersville University, Rusty teaches Popular Music, Music and Culture, Electronic Music, and Music Business.
Dan Magers is the founder and editor of Sink Review, an online poetry journal, as well as Immaculate Disciples Press, a chapbook press specializing in poetry and poetry/visual arts collaborations. He is the author of White-Collar Worker: I am a Destiny, an online poetry chapbook published by H_NGM_N Portable Document Format Chapbook series. He lives in Brooklyn.
Francesca Chabrier is the interviews editor for jubilat. Her work appears or is forthcoming in places like notnostrums, Sixth Finch, Forklift, Ohio, Wolf in a Field and Action, Yes. Her collaborations with Christopher Cheney can be found in GlitterPony. Her chapbook, The Axioms, is forthcoming from Pilot Books. She lives in a valley on a hill.
Keith Newton’s writing has appeared in Denver Quarterly, 1913, Harvard Review, Konundrum Engine, and Typo, among other journals, and his chapbook of poems Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City was published in 2009 by Cannibal Books. He is co-editor of The Harp & Altar Anthology (Ellipsis Press, 2010), a selection of writing from the online magazine Harp & Altar, which he founded in 2006. He lives in Brooklyn.
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Alabama-born, Brooklyn-based artist Dana Matthews’s work includes toned, hand-tinted or b/w silver gelatin portfolios of female nudes, mystical landscapes, an extensive study of baptismal fonts in the rural South, color portraits of hip young Catskill farm workers and many more fine art prints.
Julian T. Brolaski is the author of gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011) and the chapbooks Hellish Death Monsters(Spooky Press 2001), Letters to Hank Williams (True West Press 2003), The Daily Usonian (Atticus/Finch 2004), Madame Bovary’s Diary (Cy Press 2005) and A Buck in a Corridor (flynpyntar 2008). Brolaski’s second full length book, Advice for Lovers, is forthcoming from City Lights in spring 2012. Brolaski lives in Brooklyn where xe is an editor at Litmus Press, curates vaudeville shows and plays country music with Juan & the Pines. New work is on the blog hermofwarsaw.
Billy Merrell is the author of Talking in the Dark, a poetry memoir (Scholastic, 2003), and a co-editor for The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About LGBTQ and Other Identities (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2006), which received a 2006 Lambda Literary Award. With his husband, Nico Medina, he is co-author of Go Ahead, Ask Me (Simon Pulse, 2009). He lives in Brooklyn, a block away from Green-Wood Cemetery, where he can be found stealing clippings to root in his backyard garden.
David Brown is a drummer, singer, and songwriter who plays in the Washington, DC-based soul band Poor But Sexy. PBS is releasing its first full-length Let's Move in Together on February 15. David has played on records by Travis Morrison (of the Dismemberment Plan), Played Tomorrow, and the Andalusians (Dischord Records). He performed on a forthcoming free jazz record with the violinist Jean Cook. For Yardmeter 16, he's going to play solo acoustic versions of PBS songs. Photo by Jon Pack.
After studying the classics under his father’s tutelage, Stephen Olivier began studying photography at the Massachusetts College of Art. In 2000 he moved to Brooklyn and worked as senior preparator for Juan Puntes and his Chelsea galleries, White Box and The Annex, until 2003 when he began painting full-time. In 2005 and 2006, he was a resident at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami, Florida. He currently lives and works in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. He has exhibited his work in New York City, Boston, Provincetown, Miami, Atlanta, and Berlin.