Monday, February 14, 2011

Whore Mother Totem Pole (Sliding Glass Door)




In the work, Whore Mother Totem Pole, (Sliding Glass Door), I play with the two acceptable roles for women within patriarchy, that of a mother and that of a whore. These two, not mutually exclusive stereotypes, interweave and support one another in this piece. I am interested in developing a gestural language through figures interacting. I use everyday materials to find a language that represents what we embody. I play with bodies to reform, alter and affect one another.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Airing Dirty Laundry: February 6, 2011

Today was an excellent day to begin this piece.

Everything - from the installation, to the informal interview with Db Leonard, to the actual embroidery circle - went smoothly and in the way I had hoped it would go. The atmosphere was warm, inviting, and with purpose.

The table was set with five stations of embroidery hoops, practice cloths, needles and thread. Within the first five minutes of the opening, each station was filled! Each person understood that this was the first day of the installation, and, with help, that the piece would grow as the residency progressed.

I taught the group the only embroidery stitch I know, the chain stitch, which was easily mastered by all. Everyone worked with vigor and great enthusiasm.

I've only ever made my own work, so to have such willing participants in one of my pieces was a new and humbling experience. My aim is to embroider upwards of 50 sheets during my time at Roos. Hopefully with this much positivity and encouragement, I will attain this goal.

Images to follow

Thursday, February 3, 2011

blurring boundaries

exploring the impermanence of an edge

Airing Dirty Laundry

Airing Dirty Laundry
Angela Rose Voulgarelis
6 February - 12 March, 2011
Opening Sunday, February 6th, 1 - 5 pm

Roos Arts is Pleased to Present
Airing Dirty Laundry
Angela Rose Voulgarelis
6 February - 12 March, 2011
Closing Party: Saturday, March 12th, 6 - 8 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays, 1 - 5 pm, Thursdays, 4 - 7 pm, Sundays, 1- 5 pm and by appointment

For five weeks, Angela Rose Voulgarelis will create an embroidery circle at Roos Arts, bringing to life the second of three phases of her performance piece Airing Dirty Laundry. This picks up the thread of the first installment, which invited visitors at the show, Made In Rosendale, to complete various phrases on small cards, and place them into a transparent ballot box. The phrases collected from that exhibition are now going to be embroidered onto over 50 white sheets that will be exhibited in and around Rosendale at a later date.

As an ongoing process, Airing Dirty Laundry has continued to exist both as a growing site-specific installation and as an interactive collaboration between the artist and the public. During the six-week ‘residency’ at Roos Arts, the artist again invites community participation, this time as fellow embroiderers. Embroidery, as a central visual element in this piece, works as a way to reveal the commonalities between meditation and everyday actions. The playful yet suggestive notion of “airing dirty laundry,” in combination with audience participation, provides a lighthearted incentive to reveal stories and life experiences we might otherwise keep to ourselves. The sheets, needles, and thread will be provided, as will basic embroidery lessons. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join on Tuesdays between 1 and 5 pm, Thursdays between 4 and 7 pm, and Sundays between 1 and 5 pm, until March 10th.

Please join us on February 6th, between 1-5 PM, for the first day of Angela's residency at the gallery, accompanied by warm beverages and cookies.

Special thanks to April Warren for all her help!

For more information, please contact Heige at or 718-755-4726.

**Free Municipal parking available on Main Street behind Rosendale Theater. Thank you in advance for not parking at Rosendale Cafe parking lot.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Women's Works 2011 24th Annual Fine Arts Show, proposal

Bodies Form, To/From Mothering Alphabet
8' x 8', Dust and dirt on contact paper and wall


integrating art and teaching
proposing, proposing, proposing
bodies reforming
between fem and ism
learning as I teach
planning this season's garden

Feb. 1, 2011

Been up since 5AM, awoke with the snow.
Black cats and self portraits abound in studio.
While Egypt is still rioting, this is the biggest storm to hit the Northeast in 30 years.