Monday, February 11, 2008

Lea Graham and Lorna Smedman

March 15, 2008 at 2pm

The Gallery at R&F Handmade Paints
84 Ten Broeck Avenue
Kingston, NY

A $5 donation is suggested.

For directions please visit R&F’s website at

Lea Graham’s poems, translations, reviews and articles have been published in or are forthcoming in journals such as Notre Dame Review, American Letters & Commentary, Mudlark, Shadow Train and The Worcester Review. Her work was included in two recent anthologies, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry in the 21st Century and The Bedside Guide to the No Tell Motel, 2nd Floor. Her chapbook, Calendar Girls, was published in spring of 2006 by above/ground Press in Ottawa. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Lea Graham was born in Memphis and grew up in Northwest Arkansas.

Lorna Smedman is a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and the author of Dangers of Reading (Prospect Books). She has had stories published in Rites of Passage, an anthology of travel stories published by Lonely Planet, Prima Materia, and Percontra.

In the Gallery at R&F: "A Pattern of Connections", an ambitious new installation by Lorrie Fredette. The show will run from February 2nd through March 22nd, 2008.

Lorrie Fredette's delicate new suspended installation sprang from an unlikely source for artistic inspiration - an outbreak of poison ivy. Two years ago, the artist used her own skin as a site for intense study - drawing, photographing and further manipulating images of her rash digitally, and storing these images on her computer. Through further research, her data bank expanded to include a voyeuristic collection of images of other people’s rashes, as well as encompassing current environmental and polical issues related to climate change, (because it turns out that poison ivy thrives and becomes more potent with an increase in carbon dioxide). This led to further research about the molecular structure of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gasses.

At a certain point, Fredette had collected so much information that she had to devise a system for sorting and storing it. She made a purposeful decision to keep this process as random as the dealing of cards, intentionally skewing her data. "A Pattern of Connections" is a chain-of-events story that has both evolved and degraded over a long period of time, with each new link containing a new "misrepresentation". The finished piece, suspended from the gallery ceiling like an undulating canopy, becomes a demonstration of how information is morphed by the very processes which attempt to collect, store and represent it.


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