SUMMER SHUL- press release
I own two historical buildings- a church and a synagogue (or shul). I saved them both from almost certain death and demolition in a small Catskill town in upstate NY, and have spent many hours literally down on my hands and knees caring for each. Over the years they have become the primary context for my artwork, performative, curatorial, and sculpturally speaking. I am humbled within their creaking bones and crumbling plaster walls, always trying my damnedest to do them justice.. SUMMER SHUL is the first, in what I hope will be many, site specific shows at THE OLD SHUL FOR SOCIAL SCULPTURE my most recent project. The inaugural show will feature "ROOST X- save me", a new work I have designed for the space, which is opening Sat. July 23- 4pm, as well as Terence Koh's premier work "IMMERSING THE PLANET IN THE MIKVAH" opening Sat. Aug 13- 4pm. The space will be open on a "drop by" or call for appt. basis through July and Aug 2016.
THE OLD SHUL FOR SOCIAL SCULPTURE resides in a synagogue built in 1920 by the Jaffe family of Glen Wild, and a small congregation born out of the Jewish farm co-ops of the time. These were dairy and chicken farmers from Eastern Europe who planted the seeds for the "Borscht Belt" and what is now the Hassidic, Casino, Hillbilly, Hipster enclave of today. The original architecture, stained glass and woodwork remain in tact, in a state of beautifully arrested decay. It has no electricity and I have no plans to hook it up. Limitations and restrictions are an inherent part of the working artist's life here in the mountains.
THE OLD SHUL is located 1hr and 45 mins. from Manhattan, 2 miles from Rt. 17, off exit 109.
Now open for the summer.
Terence Koh is a Canadian artist who resides somewhere in the Catskills.
Mike Osterhout is an American artist who resides in Glen Wild, NY.
THE OLD SHUL FOR SOCIAL SCULPTURE 380 Glen Wild Rd. Glen Wild, NY 12738 By appt. (845) 434-1918 firstname.lastname@example.org