7.3.14 Concept Mapping project Systems: Tree

TLRH would like to thank Andrea Frank, Neil Pederson, Ashley Sapir Lathrop, John Thompson, and all of the inspiring community members who came together to talk about the complex dynamics of trees and our relationship to the forest.  It was a gathering of all types of data collectors/processors, from the symbolic to the biological, and was truly a confluence of diverse perspectives.  More photos to come…photo 2 photo 3 photo 4

6.12.14 Experimental Mapping at the Gallery – Wednesday July 2nd, 6PM

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Team Love RavenHouse and artist Andrea Frank invite you to an evening of conversation and experimental mapping inspired by Andrea’s current exhibition, Systems: Tree. The images of Systems: Tree, including a 13 foot log photographed at nearby Mohonk Preserve, will serve as a jumping-off point for a roundtable conversation about forest complexity. We will look at how intricately interrelated the different parts of the forest ecosystem are, what we can learn from it, and what challenges we and the forest are facing. As the conversation evolves all participants will be invited to trace emerging ideas and interrelations through a collaborative, exploratory drawing/concept map.

A number of invited participants will offer their perspectives–John Thompson, Director of Conservation Science at the Daniel Smiley Research Center of the Mohonk Preserve; New Paltz-based herbalist Ashley Sapir Lathrop; and Neil Pederson, Lamont Assistant Research Professor at the Tree Ring Laboratory of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Columbia University–and all guests are invited to actively participate in the conversation.

Locally foraged/sourced snacks will be served.

Note: What is experimental mapping?  We at TLRH celebrate the endless possibilities off expressing in map form where we’ve been, where we are and where we hope or fear we may end up.  The more we look into experimental mapping, the more diversity we find in this boundless realm of cartographic exploration.  Maria Popova of Brain Pickings defines experimental mapping succinctly as the “elusive intersection of the traditional and the experimental, where artists explore the map medium as a conceptual tool of abstract representation.” Check our blog for inspirational posts leading up to our July 2nd evening.


6.7.14 A perfect day

Some like it hot but we’ll take it just like this – “Open” flag lofting in the gentle breeze, 79º in the sun.  Perfect.  Come and sit with Andrea Frank’s Systems: Tree before heading out into the forest to breathe in the real thing.

Also – a note of thanks to Dean Engle for pulling together that June 6th lineup: Flashlight O, Whatever DadJake Lazovick, Dave Benton and Mike Caridi from the label Double Double Whammy, (performing as LVL UP),  and NP’s own Quarterbacks.  Was a superfun night at the gallery.  You guys are just great.  Big love.


5.09.14 Lynn Woods on Andrea Frank

We’d like to thank Lynn Woods for her in-depth article on Andrea’s work in this week’s Almanac Weekly.  Lynn provides readers with some context for the Systems project, affording an understanding and appreciation of the many-layered process of creating this installation.  woods

4.15.14 Systems: Tree to open May 10

_MG_8776postcard2-greyTeam Love RavenHouse Gallery is proud to present Systems: Tree by Andrea Frank, an installation from the artist’s ongoing Systems series.  Deeply troubled by the accelerating deterioration of our living world, Frank works with a wide range of media and strategies to explore the complex, dynamic systems running through our natural and man-made environments, and our seeming inability to see or even comprehend these systems as a whole.  In Systems: Tree, a study of regional forests, she visually represents complexity and change through large digitally collaged panoramas.  She began photographic research for this project in the summer of 2013, and has since experimented with different shooting and collaging techniques.  She has expanded her subjects from a range of forest scenes to include decaying logs, burnt forest areas, and old-growth forests. Working directly on the prints, Frank uses black, white, or gray paint to partially block out certain areas in the image, thereby isolating and exposing others, in an effort to look, in new and interesting ways, at something infinitely complex and continuously and dynamically changing.  She is accumulating a vast visual archive for the Systems series, which eventually will span all seasons and changes in particular locations.

Systems: Tree is comprised of several large-scale digitally collaged and manually altered panoramic images ranging in size up to 13 feet long.  The installation will be on view at Team Love RavenHouse Gallery from May 10th-June 29th.  Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, May 10th from 6-8pm.



4.7.14 The Untold Open

TLRH wants to thank the artists and all the many people who came out to celebrate the Untold opening this Friday.  It was good to get back in the swing of things after a few months hibernating time.  Spring is indeed here.

The show will be up for a month.  Make an appointment anytime or swing by during our open hours, Fri-Sun, 12-5.

photo by Autumn Seguin

photo by Autumn Seguin