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It has been an honor to share the work of the artists gathered by Openings Collective during the run of Frenzy Into Folly over the last eight weeks with you. Today, on the day the show closes, we say thank you with this final virtual gallery, and the work of Steve Palermo, Sherry Aliberti, Roger Geier, and Carrie Elston Tunick.
And hey, you know what’s nice about a virtual gallery? That we’ll be able to revisit these artists, their words, and work as often as we like — and continue our conversation with Openings — as the question of creativity and transcendance has only just begun to show us, at Exit Strata, what a powerful one it may turn out to be for this community.
Steve Palermo (New York, NY)

I created a three-dimensional Neo-Gothic altarpiece that would summon the great altarpieces of the past. The Saint Sebastian Altarpiece utilizes 21st Century materials, such as foam board, which was used for the main structure. It was then covered in a handmade Thai gold paper. The saints were created by using manipulated images from various sources. By cutting the images and layering others I was able to create a new cohesive image.
The intention is to evoke an emotional response. Saint Sebastian is shown laying on the steps of a building while in the background you can see evidence of the martyring. The bust of the Emperor Diocletian stands near by. The four devotional Saints, Saint Peter, Saint Joan of Arc, Saint John the Baptist and Saint Anthony holding the baby Jesus are shown with their traditional iconography. The work is a tribute to the classical artists of the past, particularly those artists of the Early Renaissance. This has been a wonderful journey.
Sherry Aliberti with Jonathan Phelps (Brooklyn, NY)

New and ever changing forms dance in color and light, in the video piece “Entrance of the Spirit Cocoon,” an inter-dimensional transformation. The Church, a holy place of spiritual energy aligns with a higher plane of consciousness to grant these otherworldly Cocoons entrance into our dimension.
The Cocoon Project creates interactive performance art and colorful temporary installations with the Cocoon. Performers use gestures, poses and noises to express ideas about form, shape and movement in space and memory. Utilizing lights, projections and fragrances, the experience is different every time. Influenced by Martha Graham and Ernesto Neto a fabric enclosure provides freedom for the performer/muse to become a morphing sculpture. Structurally, these postures represent a scale model of an architecture and materiality based on the forces of the body.

Roger Geier (New York, NY)

I have chosen to address the topic of “frenzy into folly” with the dynamic of the group, and the madness of crowds, the heedless following; and forward march of an idea, even in the service of an ideal, which devolves into one of folly towards oblivion and entropy.

The figures march forward, bearing aloft a child’s arm which holds in it’s hand an olive branch. This is the dream and the folly of peace, which moves forward without the hope or the promise of success, bearing aloft an ideal in a frenzy of hope and aspiration.

Carrie Elston Tunick (New York, NY)
My work explores the discord between the way one feels and the way one behaves. When emotion becomes divorced from its context it produces a reaction that is nonsensical and seemingly erratic. I fracture pieces of the body to dislocate the gesture and disrupt its meaning. This disruption opens up new paths of communication, where emotion and action are no longer in concert, and therefore are free to recombine in a myriad of ways. There is an abject quality to my work, where disfigurement is struggling to be beautiful, or in search of redemption despite its pathetic state. Through my art I try to create an internal experience within the external world. In Trimming, Tearing, Tangling, I am exploring the act of pulling hair as gesture loaded with multiple intentions, such as flirtation, aggravation, grooming, and familiarity. My work often explores various gestures that are loaded with multiple meanings of human interaction and emotion.


We are especially grateful to curators Michael Berube and Keena Gonzalez, who have curated these mini online group shows, as well as to participating artist Joey Kilrain, who did such a fantastic job with video production and design, and are excited to share their work with you, as well, over the course of these weeks.
Here’s a video the curators put together, that we share with you as we say goodbye to Frenzy into Folly, with gratitude:

If you missed Exit Strata’s introduction to this inspiring collective’s story, or any of the previous virtual galleries, go on and check them out! You can contact the artists featured via their individual websites, or by contacting the curators at or at
Virtual Gallery 1: Hildebrandt, Nelson, Penizzotto, Brennan, Bellucci
Virtual Gallery 2: Berube, Simon, Alderson, Hollars, Rusterholz
Virtual Gallery 3: Gonzalez, Prokopenko, Ivanov, Kilrain, Broughel, Moghaddam
Virtual Gallery 4: Barnes, Mack-Valencia, Vanderberg, Knouse, Aitchison
Virtual Gallery 5: Berardi, Bartelt, Santella, Walker, Merhige
Virtual Gallery 6: Santella, Velletri, Pavlou, Kohn
Virtual Gallery 7: Chen, Cruz, Graham, Farrell
And… guess what’s coming soon?
Exit Strata is pleased to invite you to the first ever Openings Collective Members group exhibit,
First Person Plural,
opening November 2nd! Hooray!
Featuring recent works by nineteen current members of the collective, the exhibition runs from through November 30.

First Person Plural is all about who we are, right now- as individual artists, and as a collective. The exhibition is being organized by Meg Graham, Iliyan Ivanov, Anthony Santella and Patricia Bellucci, and features works by Robert Aitchison, Sherry Aliberti, Virgil Alderson, Michael Berube, Sarah Hollars, Carrie Elston Tunick, Keena Gonzalez,
Meg Graham, Iliyan Ivanov, David Kagan, Joey Kilrain, Daniel Nelson, Steven Palermo, Denise Penizzotto, Frank Sabatte, Patricia Bellucci, Anthony Santella, Niki Singleton, and James Vanderberg. We are First Person Plural.
Opening reception: Saturday, November 3, 2012, 2pm- 8pm
Exhibition dates: November 3-November 30, 2012
Callahan Center gallery, ground floor, St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, New York, 11201 2, 3, 4, 5, R to Court Street, Boro Hall; A, C to Jay Street.
Note that if you cant make the opening reception the space is open daily 7:00am-11:00pm throughout the show’s run. (Sometimes the space is booked for a private event. To make sure the space is open you can call the SFC Office of Special Events, at 718-489-5372)
From curator Michael Berube: You can hear a live interview with Frenzy into Folly artist Marjan Moghaddam on Virginia Reed’s “A Woman’s Perspective Now” on PNR, which is now cached and available for download. Moghaddam talks about her work, the Frenzy Into Folly show, and her history as a computer artist — going back to the early years, her experiences living through the revolution in Iran and immigrating to the US, as well as commentary on global and national political, and feminist issues as well. Really amazingly fun rambling conversation with a brilliant interviewer, enjoy it.”
Frenzy Into Folly has featured work by Andrew Berardi, Anthony Santella, Araceli Cruz, Carrie Elston Tunick, Daniel Nelson, Denise Penizzotto, Dennis Santella, Garry Velletri, Iliyan Ivanov, James Vanderberg, Joey Kilrain, Johanna Bartelt, John Pavlou, Julia Whitney Barnes, Keena Gonzalez, Kenneth Walker, Lori Merhige, Marjan Moghaddam, Mark Brennan, Matthew Farrell, Meg Graham, Megan Hildebrandt, Michael Berube, Oksana Prokopenko, Patricia Bellucci, Rachel Kohn, Rebecca Simon, Robert Aitchison, Roger Geier, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Sarah Hollars, Sarah Knouse, Sherry Aliberti, Steve Palermo, Suzanne Broughel, Tim Rusterholz, Virgil Alderson, and Wen-Chi Chen.

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