Wednesday, September 27, 2006


This Saturday, September 30 at 5PM, composer/musician Neil Alexander will perform solo at bau - and present "GV 2006", a piece he wrote especially for Harald Plochberger's interdisciplinary installation "neXXXt - In The Waiting Room", among other new compositions.

bau/beacon artist union
161 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
845 440 7584

Sat/Sun: 12 – 6 & by appt.

Neil Alexander performs solo at the Beacon Artist’s Union Gallery September 30th 2006, featuring an original composition of experimental electronic music. Based loosely on Bach's "Goldberg Variations", Neil takes the concept of theme & variation into the 21st century, blending composed keyboard music with sample triggering, audio and effect manipulation in real time. A modern merger of musical styles and techniques. A well known local Modern Jazz musician, Neil performs primarily with his group "Nail". They are currently in the studio recording their third CD.
Check them out at

+++on friday, 9/29, late night, “nail” plays the BLUE NOTE in the city+++

bau members @ hudson


This year's juried group show at the Pocketbook Factory, curated by Gergory Kepinski, as part of the ARTS WALK in the community of Hudson, NY includes "much" bau.

We are pleased - and proud to announce the "WAVES OF LIGHT" contributions by five current bau members - Christopher Staples, Tony Moore, Franc Palaia, Egon Zippel, Harald Plochberger, - one former bau member - Peter Iannarelli - and the work of Alexis Elton, bau's guest artist, currently also showing her installation: Identify Commodity/Commodify Identity at bau.

Pocketbook Factory
Prospect & Sixth Street
Hudson, NY
Sept. 30 - October 9/2006
Open Thursday - Monday, 11am - 5pm

@ the Pocketbook Factory

franc palaia - installation detail

tony moore - installation detail

christopher staples - installation in progress

harald plochberger - prime lines

alexis elton - sound installation in progress

photos by harald plochberger, 2006

Saturday, September 23, 2006

bau curates MUDDY CUP/POUGHKEEPSIE - shows


...bau presents @ The Muddy Cup...
invites artists to submit work for the
***Poughkeepsie Premiere***

The Muddy Cup Coffee House is opening its 6th location in Poughkeepsie, in the beautifully restored Shwartz building at 305 Main St. The café is currently thriving in Staten Island, Hudson, Albany, Beacon and soon Schenectady. And the curatorial partnership begun at the Beacon café continues in Poughkeepsie.

Now add to that mixture all the festivities of Weekend on Main, and there's a really big show. Weekend on Main is a highly publicized, quarterly event sponsored by the City of Poughkeepsie in conjunction with many merchants, artists and residents. It coincides with The Bardavon’s annual Celebration of Lights, including lighting the tree and fireworks. It never fails to draw thousands to downtown.

In celebration, bau presents @ The Muddy Cup, is proud to curate a show focusing on Poughkeepsie/Hudson Valley artists. All artists living or working in the immediate area are invited to submit 1 piece of wall hung art up to 48". It's a big fabulous space and should be able to accommodate about 40-50 works.

Please send a jpeg or color xerox or photo to bau by Nov 15. See you on Main St!

Call for Entries:
bau presents @ The Muddy Cup
Poughkeepsie Premiere -
a celebration of local art and cultureDecember 1, 2006 - March 2007
curated by Franc Palaia and Elizabeth Winchester

Submission deadline November 15

Submission guidelines:
> open to artists living/working in Poughkeepsie/Hudson Valley area
> 1 piece per artist> all wall hung art up to 48"
> email jpeg or mail color xerox/photo to bau> sales administered by bau
> gallery commission 30%
> work to be delivered framed, ready to hang,
> work to be labeled with artist name, title, date, media, price
> promotion included in Weekend on Main
> insurance provided by café up to $20,000 total
> opening coincides with Celebration of Lights, Dec 1

The Muddy Cup Coffee House
305 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Presented by: bau - beacon artist union161 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508

For questions contact:

Elizabeth Winchester

Franc Palaia

Monday, September 11, 2006

bau 21 - opened 9. 9. 06

Harald Plochberger:

neXXXt - In The Waiting Room

Harald Plochberger: THE WAITING ROOM/male model, mdf board, fabric, video by Neil Ira Needleman - Installation_detail


Comment by Alejandro Dron, sculptor, Newburgh, NY and Buenos Aires

on the project "neXXXt - In The Waiting Room":


Light as creator.

As the Kabala says reality is build up from the participation of body, mind and heart. We could say also that all good works are also made out of these 3 elements.Your piece comprehends those for me.

a - The geometric mural, the mind.

b - The illustrations, the heart.

c - And the human bodies, the body.

And of course we could say that each of the 3 parts of the show have the 3 elements within them. Instead of expressing these realms you chose to visit them on tip toes. You - hide / present / hide - them with the delicacy of an Indian magician. Coloring empty areas which previously existed? Filling preexisting empty hearts with love? Is it just male sexual 'filling in': filling in a room, a body, shapes on paper, etc.? The giving light looks for vessels? Or creates them? Are you the one who fills in all those containers or is the light which creates from scratch all those results? Kabala says that it is the light which creates the vessel -the vessel does not create the light - Following this reasoning the light didn't find pre-existing vessels - the cartoons, the mind, geometry... actually the light created them. I think this is the most interesting point of the show, the questioning of what comes first, the light or the vessel. It is a difficult show due to its hidden conceptual charge. And you were right, how could you talk about its different layers in 5 minutes? It could also be pointed out - from a current psychological point of view - the 'multiple personalities' issue as another strong reading. But I've felt spiritual meanings instead. Despite the first apparent disconnection of its parts I find it - as I've tried to explain it - carrying a strong and hidden unity. The superb geometric mural - like a cardiovascular device/screen - is monitoring our pumping 'in' and ‘out’. It is helping us see and more importantly listen to our depths. To better achieve that ideal state of happiness we all seek with mind, heart and body.



Invited guest artist - Alexis Elton:

Identify Commodity/Commodify Identity

Alexis Elton: SAFE/gelatin, pepper, wire_detail

all photos harald plochberger, 2006
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Monday, September 04, 2006

bau 21 : Harald Plochberger

neXXXt - In The Waiting Room
installation and performance

9/9/06 – 10/8/06

With contributions by

Neil Alexander – composer, musician
Neil Ira Needleman – video artist

Guest Artist: Alexis Elton – installation

“A Distinct Reception” – Sat, Sept. 9 : 7–9 pm

bau beacon artist union
161 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
845 440 7584 /

Gallery Hours: Sat/Sun 12-6pm & by appt.