Wednesday, May 24, 2006


neil needleman/my first film noir/video frame

bau continues the series TAKE ANOTHER bau - ON SUNDAYS with a screening of works by video artist NEIL IRA NEEDLEMAN.

bau is very pleased to announce this event for

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2006 - 6pm

NEIL IRA NEEDLEMAN @ bau/beacon artist union

161 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
845 440 7584

June 4th is also the last day to get a chance to view the exciting results of Elizabeth Winchester's and Jim Coughenour's collaboration "comedies & catastrophe" - conversations in paint and poetry - in bau's gallery before the show comes down.

Video artist Neil Ira Needleman at bau:
What do slice-of-life ethnic family documentaries and hyper-rhythmic abstract videos have in common? Both visual styles can be seen in the video works of Neil Ira Needleman, an award-winning video artist who will be screening a selection of recent works at beacon artist union (bau) on Sunday, June 4 at 6 pm.

“I don’t have any single style,” Neil said, “but I do tend to clump my works together into stylistically similar series.” At the bau screening, Neil will show and discuss works from his Shut up, sit down, and listen to your elders family documentary series, as well as selections from his more visually oriented Infinity Fragments series.

“In a way there’s something for everyone,” Neil observed. “You can laugh at my old aunts kvetching and disagreeing about everything and anything (Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn), and you can sit back and let my pulsating images give your optic nerves a roller coaster ride (Bechet Vibrato Fragments).

Neil’s life as a creative person encompasses two separate fields. “As a creative-for-hire copywriter/creative director I’ve had a 25-year career working for advertising agencies in New York and Connecticut. Then there’s my video work. That I do for ME—and audience members who have an adventurous sense of vision.”

Since 2002 Neil’s video work has been screened in festivals and venues in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, the U.K., Switzerland, Paris, and many other places around the world. He is a winner of a Jury’s Choice award from the Black Maria Film Festival (Cellular Activity: Split Screen) and a Best of Festival from the Berkeley Film & Video Festival (Dell Hell). In addition to this screening at bau, Neil has been invited to show a selection of his work at the upcoming Berkeley Film & Video Festival.

neil needleman/dell hell/video frame
top picture: n. needleman/my first film noir/video frame

A pithy take on the life I’ve lived so far:

I was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1957 and learned filmmaking in the alleys of Brooklyn. Somewhere along the way I got lost in a dark tunnel that led me into a career in advertising. Now that I have stumbled into the daylight again, I am rededicating myself to tinkering with motion images. I hope it’s not too late to regain some sort of vision.

Monday, May 15, 2006

bau 17: comedies & catastrophe

Opening Reception and Poetry Reading

Elizabeth Winchester : Jim Coughenour

On Second Saturday paint and poetry celebrated a special kind of conversation at bau, inspiring many attending visitors to have their own conversations...

On Sunday Jim Coughenour brought his jazzy West Coast poetry to the gallery.

Monday, May 08, 2006

bau 17: "comedies & catastrophe"

bau17: comedies & catastrophe
conversations in paint and poetry
Elizabeth Winchester, paintings, monoprints
Jim Coughenour, poems, essays
May 13 - June 4, 2006

Opening Reception:
May 13, 2006 6 - 9pm

Poetry reading / book signing:
May 14, 2006 4pm

bau - beacon artist union
161 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
Opening Hours: Sat/Sun 12 - 6pm & by appt.
T 845 440 7584

For the past 15 years the painter Elizabeth Winchester and the poet/cartoonist Jim Coughenour have celebrated the art of conversation. From late night martini-infused confabulations at Zuni Cafe in San Francisco in the 1990s through the aleatoric forms of 21st century electronic communion, the duo continues to map their eccentric peregrination ....