Sunday October 21, 2018. Interview filmed at Emily Harvey Foundation during documentary film by Ipnose Studio on Fluxus in Italy.
Saturday October 20, 2018. Presentation at the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery for the Exhibition in Homage to Geoff Hendricks.
Friday October 19, 2018. Presentation at Artisbookshop, Groningen, the Netherlands.
Thursday October 18, 2018. Presentation and Group Fluxus Exhibition at Academie Minerva for ARTisBOOK Week in Groningen, the Netherlands.
Thursday October 4, 2018. Lola Díaz Cantoni interview with Nye Ffarrabas at CX Silver Gallery.
Tuesday August 24, 2018. Performance piece by Nye Ffarrabas, a silent dinner, a new enactment of Nye’s event score / performance that was first composed in January 1966. The original set of instructions are detailed on page 44 of Nye’s book, a walk on the inside: 50-year retrospective (link to preview or purchase the book). a silent dinner 2018 was a collaboration of Nye and Cai Xi with the assistance of Le Xi.
Friday August 24, 2018 5-9pm, Opening reception for actLIFE, a group exhibition and related performance pieces by exhibiting artists including Nye Ffarrabas, Linda Montano, Nina Isabelle, Jennifer Zackin, and the half wedding dress project of Sharon Myers and Cai Xi. 5pm reception starts followed by performance pieces at half hour intervals, each performance piece followed by a discussion between artist and audience. actLIFE highlights and celebrates art in exhibition and performance art that experiments, explores, listens, cultivates, engages – through interdisciplinary multimedia projects through the senses and meditative experiences – giving expression to courage, activism, and art-as-life.
More information: cxsilvergallery.com/nye-ffarrabas or contact Adam Silver 802-579-9088
Programs are free to the public
Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside – 50 year retrospective
Selected works from the 2014 retrospective continue in an ongoing exhibition, C. X. Silver Gallery, 814 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Opening hours are by appointment throughout the week and year round, calling ahead is recommended (802) 257-7898. info [at] cxsilvergallery [dot] com.
Publication on Nye Ffarrabas’ 50-year retrospective can be previewed at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/756374 by clicking the ‘preview’ button located directly under the book cover image. Digital and print editions are available for purchase there or through the Gallery.
New and updated 2016-2018 works by Nye Ffarrabas:
Top row: 1) Trolls In Eden. 2) War-Torn Family ~ Whither Shall I Flee? 3) Mirage Oasis Mirage.
Middle row: 4) Living 101. 5) Reliquary: The Seven Martyred Virgins and the Little Lad Who Cared For Them. 6) George to jack: money in politics. 7) gallery view.
Bottom row: 8) Cock of the Cookie Jar. 9) After It’s All Gone: Homage to the Water Protectors 10 and 11) gallery views.
Nye’s work transcends neat categorization and even pushes the boundaries of conventional definitions of ‘art’ with her event scores (instructions for participants in group and solo improvisation settings), poetry, the visual arts, wall pieces, drawings, text-based art, installations, found-object artifacts and sculpture, and photographic documentation of her performances and happenings.
From contributors to Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside – 50 years retrospective:
“The person that Nye Ffarrabas used to be was Bici Forbes. Bici was an artist and a member of the laboratory for art, music, and design known as Fluxus. … The artist who was Bici Forbes who became Nye Ffarrabas made an art that integrated life in a deep and peculiarly Fluxus way. … Bici and people like her made the world a better place. Whether or not the world changed around them as much as it might have done in an imaginary past, Bici made good things happen.” – Ken Friedman.
“Nye seems to me to occupy an ongoing, open-minded, creative state of surprise.” – Jacquelynn Baas.
“Nye is a wordsmith, an alchemist with words.” – Geoffrey Hendricks.
“The playful social, political and poetic sensibility evidenced in Nye’s work are what make it a standout.” – Sur Rodney (Sur).
“I think of Bici as a woman of vast courage, grace, and intelligence, whose contribution to Fluxus is now rightly celebrated historically with this retrospective.” – Billie J. Maciunas.
“In often playful and intimate work, we witness her grit, her endurance, and delight in the wicked turns of phrase, grounded deep in Yankee sensibility and generosity of spirit.” – Kendra Mackenzie.
“In these activities she is present, present in the richest sense of truly Being-in-the-world in a way reserved for the blessedly fallen among us who are consciously in the world. She is here and there, then and now, encased in and free from her time.” – Hannah Higgins.
Nye, on her work and process:
“Am I an ‘artist’? Or a ‘writer’? (Or what? ) The answer is, ‘Definitely.’ I work with what I find around me, either objects or words, and I go from there. It’s a way of engaging with the world in an experimental, questing manner, much as a baby puts everything in her mouth to find out what it is.
“The materials I use are often taken from stuff that other people have jettisoned: left-overs, broken objects, typos, and such. Sometimes these things have been reworked, other times the simple act of finding them and giving them a name, and a place to be, is it.
“When you start seeing things in a new way, nothing is exempt, and the playfulness that emanates from this brings new insights, fresh interconnections, and some unsuspected depths. At the same time, speaking from my own perspective, everything is in some way sacred. And special. And weird. And heartbreaking. And hilarious. And breathtaking. And touching. And, in the presence of insatiable curiosity and plentiful goodwill, anything anything can be seen anew, in another light, showing us ourselves, also, in new ways.”
Nye Ffarrabas (formerly Bici Forbes Hendricks) works are located in:
The Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center; The Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Judson Memorial Church; The Getty Research Center. See Walker Art Center’s post or C.X. Silver Gallery for a look at Nye’s (Bici’s) Punctuation Poems (1966).
Weekend Art/Life Retreat at CX Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, Vermont
Participatory/Performance Art · Communal Cooking Lessons · Workshops · Training · Conversation as Art
Art / Life retreat weekend of activities with performance artists Linda Mary Montano, Nye Ffarrabas, and Cai Xi, Friday evening November 4th through Sunday midday November 6th, 2016, Friday and Saturday at the C.X. Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT and Sunday at the Michael S. Currier Center at The Putney School.
Linda Mary Montano and Nye Ffarrabas have been exploring and dissolving the boundaries between art and life for six decades each. Cai‘s art-life journey is now in its fifth decade. Together they will be presenting art / life audience participation experiences along with Cai’s art-as-food-as-art. The schedule of activities includes a variety of group and 1-to-1 performance pieces, individualized training, reiki, intuitive readings, art / life counseling, contemplation, tai chi, qi gong, Five Elements exploration, and food preparation with communal dining as performance pieces.
There are concurrent exhibitions of all three artists. This occasion features the preview of a new book on Linda’s 14 Years of Art/Life, with an exhibition that includes drawings, installations and archival photographs. A selection from Nye’s 50-year retrospective of art pieces, poetry and writings, cxsilvergallery.com/nye-ffarrabas includes the 50th anniversary of the Egg-Time Event which is featured in Nye’s book, a walk on the inside magcloud.com/browse/issue/756374. Cai Xi’s Retrospective 1980-2015 of portraits, landscapes and abstracts is on view nearby at the Michael S. Currier Center, Putney School. At C.X. Silver Gallery, Cai’s installation includes her recent piece on the Chinese Five Elements.
Schedule of activities for the weekend: [Bring Blankets for Yourself]
Friday, 11/4: 6pm: Arrival, C.X. Silver Gallery, 814 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT. 6-7pm: Light meal provided by Cai. 7-9pm: Sessions – Meditation with Linda; Poetry and Reiki with Nye; Opening the Meridians with Cai.
Saturday, 11/5: All day at C.X. Silver Gallery: 7:30-9am: Breakfast and conversation. 9-10am: Tai chi and Qigong with Cai. 10am-6pm: Sessions: Art/Life Counseling with Linda; Poetry and intuitive readings with Nye; Communal meal and preparation including cooking lessons with Cai. 6-9pm: Buffet, conversation and closure for the day’s activities.
Sunday, 11/6: 7:30-9am: Breakfast/conversation at C.X. Silver Gallery. 9:00-9:30am: Car pool to The Putney School. 9:30am-12pm: Sessions at the Michael S. Currier Center, The Putney School, 418 Houghton Brook Road, Putney, VT: Tai chi and Qigong with Cai · Art/Life Counseling with Linda · Stone activities and reiki with Nye · viewing Cai’s retrospective exhibition · Closure for the weekend’s activities. For further information, contact Adam Silver, 802-257-7898 · firstname.lastname@example.org
Events/forums were held on three sundays in 2014 to celebrate and consider the retrospectiveMay 4, July 13, and September 7. July 13 featured Nye’s reading from her poetry and memoir-in-progress, ‘Water Monkey Tales’, a round table discussion, and the Egg Balancing activity. September 7 featured a group performance of Nye’s Water Stone and Paper Concert and Nye reading aloud from her works.
Thursday December 18, 2014, 8:30-10:30pm, there was a spoken word showcase, a celebration of performance poetry in a unique visual arts environment, featuring Nye Ffarrabas, Clara Rose Thornton, and Alec Silver.
The forum at the exhibition opening, thanks to videography by Clark Glennon and Brattleboro TV for recording and broadcasting:
Thank you Arlene Distler for the article and The Commons for publishing Arlene’s article.
[Click the image three times to enlarge to readability or click on the ‘article’ link.]
Thanks to Art New England and Anthony Merino for the review of the Retrospective in the November/December issue.
REMARKABLE NEW LOCATIONS is a series of interactive art objects inspired by Nye Ffarrabas’s poetry and produced by Nina Isabelle using a car as a printing press. This exhibition, May to July 2019, at CX Silver Gallery Brattleboro VT, was a collaboration between Nina Isabelle and Nye Ffarrabas. Nina’d print objects are interactive as they invite the viewer to engage in marking and remaking the dry erase surface as a way to facilitate perceptions of process, language, and action. The exhibition environment prompted the question of the viewer, how do we experience process and make meaning? The opening reception in May included a forum-discussion-Q&A with the artists. Nina explores art objects that are the result of shared languages of processes and processes of languages.The exhibition explores Nina’s concept of the exhibition space as interactive sculpture.
The printing process involved inking each plate individually and pressing it into each sheet by driving a car over it to emboss the plate image into the saturated paper. Each piece was rolled over ten times with a car revealing various degrees of chance in the imagery. The original monoprint plate was produced using hand-etched plexiglass. Using black printmaking ink on 100% cotton 22×30 Arches 88 printmaking paper, the prints were individually processed, then hand painted using ink, gouache, and acrylic paint to highlight and color code the vowels using purple As, yellow Es, orange Is, blue Os, and green Us. The final layer is a hand cut transparent material affixed to the image surface machine stitched with orange thread.
* More on Nina: cxsilvergallery.com/nina-isabelle
* More on Nye: cxsilvergallery.com/nye-ffarrabas
* Inquiries: Adam Silver (802) 257-7898 x1, email@example.com
Nina Isabelle is a process based artist working with language, perception, action and phenomena. Her approach frames the interlacement of multiple art modalities, including recursive photography, video motion-studies, fugue mark-making & notional painting, gesture abstractions & movement, along with task-based performative actions and object construction, as research tactics used to locate, decipher and authenticate lateral vantages, perceptions, and information as a way to reinspect and rescript narratives & notions.
Isabelle identifies with Maximalism and Action Art and works to push material and information past the point of recognition in a way that forces a shift in meaning as a way to reveal new information that can transform and challenge the limits of material, perception, approach and belief. Her approach aims to deconstruct sensory input to the extent that meanings becomes shifted and interpretation can become a phenomena of psychic imprint. Referencing the failure of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content, as well as the shortcomings of literal language & the superimposition of objects, Isabelle frames her process as both an inquiry and a demonstration of a recursive method that highjacks the results of prior work in order to cultivate future outcomes in a process akin to an AI robot discovering how to make sourdough bread out of itself.
Isabelle is the founder and organizer of Three Phase Center for Collaborative Art Research & Building where she facilitates and documents artist’s process, projects and presentations. Currently she is interested in developing differential definitions of process and approach by understanding how sequence and simultaneity impact concept and action when interlaced with physical material, documentation, and the observer over time.
Isabelle is continually motivated to challenge the boundaries of perception and approach by collaborating with new situations to compel viewership in unexpected directions. Her work has been exhibited internationally at The Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Gimpo, South Korea, The Unstitute in Catalunya, Spain, Studio Fidlär in Berlin, The Bangkok Underground Film Festival in Thailand, NA Gallery in South Korea as well as nationally at Roman Susan in Chicago, IL, The San Diego Art Institute, The New School’s exhibition at The Bushwick Collective, Otion Front Studio in Brooklyn, The Linda Mary Montano Art Life Institute in Kingston, NY and HiLo in Catskill, NY. Isabelle collaborates with IV Castellano’s Feminist Art Group and has performed at The Judson Memorial Church in NYC as part of The Anarchist Art Festival, with Anarko Art Lab’s Ungovernable Zone at Ft. Tilden, NY, and at Panoply Performance Laboratory, Rosekill, and Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, NY. Recently, Isabelle participated in Muscular Bonding, a collaborative art research project designed by Esther Neff involving six artists who traveled, lived and worked together in St. Louis, MO to collectively materialize M.A.R.S.H (Materializing & Activating Radical Social Habitus,) and then performed together at Living Art’s New Genres Festival in Tulsa, OK and most recently produced a solo exhibition of her work called We Can’t Tell What We’re Doing at HiLo in Catskill, NY. Upcoming, on October 20, 2018, Isabelle will perform at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City as part of As Far As The Heart Can See / In Honor of, curated by Nicolás Dumit Estevez Raful.
Isabelle’s studio project is located in Stone Ridge, NY in a 2,700 square foot industrial building that functions as a model space dedicated to open-disciplinary art approaches intended for reality revision. The space incorporates approaches such as QBP (quantum based practice,) 2D mark-making graphology, gesture analysis, collaborative energy generator explorations and other self-authorized research with traditional modalities such as video, sound, movement, painting & drawing and reflexive performance art as social inquiry based practices. With inspiration coming from spooky theory, quantum repair of Superfund sites, concepts of healing and recovery, self-authorship, collaboration and community building, the space fosters those who care about revising realities through art processes, perception, instinct and technology modalities. The studio was previously located in The Shirt Factory, an industrial building re-purposed as artist live/work spaces in Kingston, NY, where from 2013-2017 Isabelle worked as a Gallery Director for Star House Gallery curating, directing, and installing over seventeen exhibitions and art events of local, national, and internationally recognized artists and collaborators.
NYE FFARRABAS, (formerly Bici Forbes and Bici Hendricks) has been an artist for 70 years and a poet for 80. She participated in Happenings beginning in 1961, as part of the Fluxus scene. In 1962 she interviewed several artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Bob Watts and Ivan Karp. In 1965, she established her own publishing company, the Black Thumb Press. Nye/Bici had her first solo show at Judson Gallery in 1966 and the next year performed Ordeals with Carolee Schneemann. In the 60s and 70s, Nye/Bici participated in many of the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York events coordinated by Charlotte Moorman. Starting in 1964, Nye/Bici compiled journals as conceptual art with Geoff Hendricks, a series known as The Friday Book of White Noise which contains many seeds for her event scores. In 2019 Nye completed a mobius-strip-shaped infinite event score as a performance, installation and wall-piece.
Inquiries: Adam Silver (802) 257-7898 x1, info [at] cxsilvergallery [dot] com