Friday, October 5, 2012



41 Franklin Street
Stamford, Connecticut 06901

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Saturday, Oct. 27, 6:00-10:00 pm
September Events
New Exhibition, Reception, Thurs, Sept 13
Reading and Music, Thurs, Sept 20

Sept 6 - Oct 14
Thursday, Sept 13, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

VHS The Exhibition, which is the brainchild of guest curator Rebecca Cleman, explores the use of this format for artistic experimentation.  The exhibition includes works by Robert Beck, Sadie Benning, Dustin Guy Defa, James Fotopoulos, and Trevor Shimizu. Artworks are accompanied by ephemera from ‘80s-era analogue home video culture, such as the glitchy computer-generated, anti-corporate corporate spokesman Max Headroom, to give a broad perspective on the cultural shifts created by this technological phenomenon in entertainment, life, and art. 

According to Cleman, "The VHS tape was merely one element in a now-defunct system that greatly altered how individuals related to television and commercial media, encouraging a new participatory and personalized relationship to the technology," adding, "Artists relate to VHS as an historic artifact and as a symbol of the distribution and exhibition of art, while also exploiting its unique properties as a medium.  Grouped together, the works in VHS The Exhibition make use of VHS and home video to provoke familiar definitions of art and art making."  To find out more check out the Rebecca Cleman's introductory text HERE and Scott Gargan's Stamford Advocate article on the show HERE.

Kent Evans: Reading and Music Performance
September 20, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Franklin Street Works is proud to present an evening of music and readings with Kent Evans, author and multi-platform artist on Thursday, September 20 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Kent Evans' forthcoming novel A Crash Course on the Anatomy of Robots releases September 17, 2012, from Pangea Books. Please join us for a free, public presentation, that will include readings from his newly released novel, and a live music performance accompanying various parts of the book. Kent Evans will play guitar, Laura Wilson will be on violin, and Andrew Trudeau will join in with multiple instruments.

Evans' book has been met with high praise, such as Walt Whitman Award-winning author Elana Bell's insights, "A Crash Course On the Anatomy of Robots reads like a collision between Hunter S. Thompson and Pico Iyer. Expect to be surprised." While Kent Evans travels extensively these days, he grew up nearby, in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Franklin Street Works is proud to collaborate with Evans on his Stamford appearance!

Franklin Street Works is a new, not-for-profit contemporary art space, café, and social gathering place in Stamford, Connecticut. It produces original on-site and off-site exhibitions, artist projects, and related programming. Located in renovated row houses on Franklin Street, the two-story space includes three galleries and a café. Franklin Street Works embraces innovative art and exhibition practices, a DIY attitude, and a workshop approach to its programming, audiences, and organizational structure. The activities and attitudes of the café reflect and expand on the organization’s mission as a contemporary art venue.

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