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The grounds at the Pepsico Offices in Purchase, NY could easily rival the Guggenheim with the amount of architectural planning and meticulous detail that is easily seen while exploring the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens. It gives the feel of a mystical place; a fairy ring in the forest at midnight where you actual witness them dancing. Victor Salmones’s “The Search” requires a visit to the Stream Garden and for anyone who has wished for a one of these, you can simply visit from 7am-7pm everyday from April to October and 7am-5pm from November to March.

Visitors come from all over to view the sculptures themselves, stroll through the grounds and even take a jog with a friend. Even driving the loop offers a unique peak at all of the architectural landscaping that was required in the presentation of these beautiful and often astounding pieces of artwork. There is no excuse not to visit, it’s free all the time and open year round. During my next visit I plan to explore the paths “less traveled”, visit the courtyard and bring lunch to share and eat at the Picnic Grove!

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Today’s post is pretty close to my heart. My friend, James Hamme, presented his piece “Gather Around” at the FORCE QUIT New Media BA show in the Passage Gallery at SUNY Purchase. The show opened on April 21st and runs until April 30, and the reception was held on April 23rd.

“Gather Around” is a dinner table with a Scrabble game projected in the center that uses the letter tiles to create words describing the different stages of life, termed by Hamme as Childhood, Teenage Years and Today (Hamme is currently completing his Senior year in the School of Film and Media Studies as a New Media Major at SUNY Purchase). It was part nostalgic board game, part Star Trek hologram. Amidst the flashing colored lights, and leather straps latched to a giant bed with YouTube videos aflutter, this piece certainly brought to the forefront a quiet presence  with a message that spoke clearly through the visual noise. The use of language and family night to communicate the passing of time, a coming of age and the anxiety over the possibility of something lost when a person grows up, leaving behind youth, innocence and the family unit is perfectly executed. It captures that moment when we all look back and try to remember our childhood homes, amplifying the moments we had sitting around the dinner table and sharing meals as well as those quiet nights alone, when you remember turning the key in the lock and walking into the dimly lit entry of a home that you know is either asleep or empty, but either way, no one is there to greet you. James Hamme’s beautiful use of subtlety certainly stays with you well past the moment after you leave. Please, please visit the Passage Gallery at SUNY Purchase to see this show. It’s FREE!!