MCLA Gallery 51 Presents 'Other Hudson Chapter Two'


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Gallery 51 will present "Other Hudson Chapter Two," the second exhibit showcasing work by artists from the New York Hudson Valley. The exhibit will open on Saturday, June 8, as part of the DownStreet Art 2013 kickoff.


The show will feature photography, drawings and sculptural objects by the internationally renowned collaborative duo Kahn and Selesnick, as well as dream-like dioramas and assemblages by outsider-folk artist Dennis Herbert.


An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 20, from 6-9 p.m., in MCLA Gallery 51. The event is free and open to the public.



"'Other Hudson Chapter 2' is an amalgamation of juxtaposing forces: grandeur and decay, illusion and delusion, bitter and sweet, real and surreal," said MCLA Gallery 51 Manager C. Ryder Cooley. "MCLA Gallery 51 will be filled with photos, drawings  and objects d'art that harken from another time and place, echoing the maudlin alleyways and old world charm of  Hudson NY, the shadow lands from where this work harkens."



Kahn and Selesnick, who exhibit throughout the United States and Europe, have collaborated on fictional photo-novellas and sculptural installations since 1988. They concoct extraordinary tableaux incorporating complex costumes, props and characters, brought to life via film and panoramic images. The resulting work offers a mystical blend of dark fairytale meets science fiction, presented like a Brothers Quay-esque, wunderkammer of unearthly delights and conveying a sense of past futures and future pasts, Cooley said.



Herbert, a self-trained artist, has been making dioramas and assemblages from found materials for more than 12 years. He lives in a church rectory in Hudson, N.Y., and spends his free time creating mysterious boxes and sculptures. His backyard overlooks the Hudson River, and is filled with wandering pathways that swirl around sculptures and found objects.



"The material itself carries so much beauty. People might sometimes be drawn to a box because a little figure in it is something they remember," Herbert said about the work.



Herbert converted his unused garage into The Folk Art Gallery to showcase his work.



The Folk Art Gallery, 75 North Second St., in Hudson, N.Y.,  is open from 1-5 p.m. most Sundays, spring through fall. Herbert has exhibited at numerous venues between Hudson NY and Albany.



"Other Hudson Chapter Two" will run through Sunday, July 21. MCLA Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St. in North Adams. The gallery, a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, is open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, 413-664-8718, or go to gallery51, and