Event Details

Friday, April 2nd, 2021
|  7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Artpark Idea Series: Robert Booth + Diane Bertolo

Tickets: $5 (minimum donation)
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Artist residencies played a crucial role in establishing Artpark as a pioneering and influential arts organization and are key to our development. To raise awareness and funds for future residency programs, Artpark is launching a series of conversations with eight notable artists.

Hosted by Dr. Anthony Bannon and Artpark’s President, Sonia Clark, attendees will be able to engage with the artists live via Zoom.

Click here to view the full Artpark Idea Series schedule

Founded in 1974, Artpark soon became one of the leading locations for the land art movement, inviting hundreds of artists to build temporary works on site. The "Artpark Idea" was to create a place where visitors became active participants perceiving objects over time -- from shifting perspectives and in relationship to the architecture. A place where art, public, and site become inextricably intertwined.

Artistic creation at Artpark generated immediate social, historical, and ecological implications that artists embraced and incorporated into their processes. The result was art that belonged where it was and where the relationship between creator and receiver was dynamic and alive. How this idea influenced the artists then and what it may be now is in the center of our discussions with the artists and audience.

Artpark is grateful to Stanzi Vaubel and Indeterminacy Consulting Group for putting the idea forward for this series.

Robert Booth is a Western New York sculptor. Born in Mount Kisco, NY, he received his BFA in sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1976 and his MFA from Syracuse University in 1978. He has presented his work in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions over the past 30 years, including major one-man shows at the Burchfield Penney in 1995 and 2015. Currently a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Booth was in charge of the sculpture curriculum at the State University of NY, Fredonia for 41 years until his retirement in 2019. 

Diane Bertolo works with pixels, paper, sticks and stones to create visually diverse works that mark the passage of time. Most works are informed by the concept of impermanence along with the idea that embedded in every living thing is the algorithm for its demise--a coded time machine ticking from within. Her work has been shown in many exhibitions over the years including “Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant Garde of the 70s” at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, “today.getDate()” at the Burchfield-Penny Art Center, “Some Assembly Required: Collage Culture in Postwar America” at the Everson Museum and “Telematic Connection: The Virtual Embrace” at the San Francisco Art Institute among many others. In addition, her work has been shown in numerous media festivals including the “Mostra de Video Independent” in Barcelona, Spain and the “LA Freewaves Festival” at MOCA in Los Angeles. Fellowships and awards include The New York Foundation for the Arts (Emerging Forms for Digital Art), 1995 and for Computer Art in 2001, The Jerome Foundation and Greenwall Foundation (via Turbulence.org), 1997 and 1999, and The National Endowment for the Arts, 1985.

While both artists were in residence at Artpark in the same year, they never met and look forward to comparing notes on their experiences.

While not able to participate in person, Agnes Denes (Artpark artist in 1977-79) has invited you to participate in her latest project -- a time capsule. Click here to complete a questionnaire to be included in a time capsule in London. It will collect the experiences of living through the pandemic and will be opened in the year 3020.