The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

ARC Project 3: Eli Liebman and other artists: Security in a State of Violence

WHAT: ARC Project 3: Eli Liebman and other artists: Security in a State of Violence
WHERE: A.P.E Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA
WHEN: Tuesday July 28 – Sunday August 11
              Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12-5, Friday 12-8, Closed Monday
              Opening reception with public reading August, 3 at 7pm
              Open to the public daily

Eli Liebman and other artists, Security in a State of Violence is the third project in the A.P.E. summer series, ARC (Activate, Research, Create). ARC.2019 continues to expand the understanding of a contemporary art gallery as an active space within the community.

Security in a State of Violence is a multi-disciplinary collective art installation interrogating the notion of self-care and how it is immersed in social, political, and economic relations. Specifically, the exhibition investigates the boundary between the self and the other, with an understanding of how the self and other are intimately and dialectically linked. The framework of alterity is flexible and expandable, encompassing other phenomena (contradictions) such as security and violence, connectivity and alienation, the domestic and the foreign, and the natural and the artificial. Taken as a whole, the installation will encourage viewers to understand the process of enclosure, not as a distant phenomenon, nor as the inevitable outcome of history, but one that was and is contentious, intimate, and volatile.

While the intellectual motivation of this exhibit arises from current political debates and critical and political theory, its aesthetic motivations are popular and quotidian. Eli Liebman's woodblocks take inspiration from the art of social movements throughout history and the other artists featured work with an understanding of craft and tradition, imbedding their creations in social contexts and aesthetics.

Artists include: Eli Liebman (MA), Venancio Velasco (Oaxaca, Mexico), Clarice Allgood (MN), Andrew Fernandez (NC), Alex Liebman (WA). The show will be comprised of woodblock prints, animation, sewn blankets, postcards, sound, and sculpture.

Eli Liebman is a printmaker, educator, and potter based in western Massachusetts. He has previously showed prints at a number of local venues and most recently as part of the “Rewriting the Master Narrative” juried print show at the Arts+Literature Laboratory in Madison, WI and the “Power of Print” juried print exhibition at the Power and Light Press as part of the Southwest Print Fiesta in Silver City, NM, both in 2018. He also initiated and teaches three on-going art courses at the Greenfield county jail, exploring how art can be used as a tool for rehabilitation, reflection, and connection to historical and contemporary events occurring on the outside.

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Contact: Lisa Thompson,, 413-586-5553
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12-5, Friday 12-8, Closed Monday

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