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Content & Context with artist Matthew Mottel


  • Laundry King 65 Main Street Livingston Manor, NY (map)

Matthew Mottel, a native New Yorker, has been influenced by his father, Syeus Mottel, a photographer and theater director who documented many of the people that would have strong cultural value for his son.  Mottel has focused on his father’s archive to create a contemporary 'cinema of images titled ‘Osmotic Imagination’ that presents this photographic record not just as 'pictures on a wall' but in an environmental dream state that hallucinates visual photographic interaction between Martin Luther King, the Silver Apples, John Cage, Ornette Coleman, journalistic photography at political rallies of the late 60's/70's, and iconic landscapes of America such as Big Sur, San Francisco, Washington DC and New York City.

This exhibition also celebrates Syeus Mottel’s documentation of Lower East Side, New York political and cultural organization CHARAS as facilitator of urban alternative culture. The CHARAS collaborating with Buckminster Fuller built geodesic domes in the early 1970s. The members built the geodesic dome to control their own destiny. The Improbable Dome Builders resonates in 2018. Ever present are the needs of affordable housing, the occupation of public/unused space for civic use, and the participation of communities to take self-determined action when governmental institutions forgo their public duty.

Friday, November 23 from – Film screening
Matthew Mottel will host a film screening of ‘Osmotic Imagination’  8pm. Doors open at 6pm. www.osmoticimagination.info

Saturday, November 24 – Reception and Dance Party
Matthew Mottel will host a reception with music from DJ Nick Forte from 6-10pm.

Sunday, November 25 from 1 – 3pm - Exhibition open

Earlier Event: November 3
My Autonomous Neighbor 
Later Event: December 8
Matthew Ostrowski presents Summerland