HUDSON, NY - The Second Ward Foundation and Basilica Hudson in association with VISIONAIRE FILM presents Matthew Placek’s 3D moving portrait, 130919 • A Portrait of Marina Abramović, in an immersive site-specific installation. The work, originally created in the town of Hudson, will be installed in the Second Ward Foundation’s ground floor at 71 North 3rd Street, and will remain over the course of 3 weeks. Screenings are every 15 minutes by reservation to groups of 4 June 10th - June 26th Thursday - Sunday from 12-6PM and by appointment Monday-Wednesday. The exhibition is free and open to the Public.
About Matthew Placek: Born in Ohio, Matthew Placek relocated to New York City in 1997 to pursue his interests in photography, video, and installation. His commitment to capturing presence, whether as a sense of place, the passage of time, and/or the relationships between people, has led to his multimedia output. His practice is durational and also engaged with the archive. Of primary concern to Placek is negotiating uninterrupted concentration from both his viewers and subjects, which he does through expanding the formal and conceptual notions of portraiture. He has cultivated his interests in the performing and fine arts through collaborating with notable contemporary artists such as Marina Abramović, Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Vanessa Beecroft, Richard Prince, Brice Marden, Cindy Sherman, James Ivory, and Yoko Ono. His individual and collaborative work has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad at The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Kitchen, Deitch Projects, Sundance, Toronto Film Festival, Mary Boone Gallery, and Galleria Lia Rumma. www.matthewplacek.com
About Second Ward Foundation: Located in the Hudson Valley, Second Ward occupies the former Charles Williams School in Hudson, NY. Designed by M.F. Cummins and completed in 1924, the building originally accommodated 480 elementary school students. It is now being repurposed into a culltural insitution including an education center, auditorium and art galleries. The foundation also loans art work from its collection to regional, national and international institutions. www.secondward.org
About Basilica Hudson: Basilica Hudson is a non-profit multidisciplinary arts center in Hudson, NY, supporting the creation, production and presentation of arts and culture while fostering sustainable community. Founded in 2010 by musician Melissa Auf der Maur and filmmaker Tony Stone, Basilica Hudson makes its home in a spectacular solar-powered reclaimed 1880s industrial factory on the waterfront of the historic City of Hudson. Weekend destination events comprise the core of Basilica Hudson’s music, performance, film, food and literary programming, alongside regular film screenings series, art exhibitions, and other community gatherings. The artistic program has taken shape thanks to many partners, collaborators, visiting artists, friends, adventurous audiences and community members. www.basilicahudson.org
About VISIONAIRE FILM: Our film division creates innovative cinematic content that follows the VISIONAIRE ethos, to challenge, change, and open viewers’ minds through unique experiences. With unprecedented access into both art and fashion circles we have produced films in collaboration with both luxury fashion houses, and acclaimed international artists and public figures. Our films have been exhibited as art installations, at international film festivals, and through unique online distribution partnerships. www.visionaireworld.com