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Art Therapy & Drawing From the Past

José María Sicilia, Spanish artist, and most recent visitor to the Lennox Hill Neighborhood House artist program, stood contemplatively in the room where he was set to address the residents, family members, and staff. Painter of seductive surfaces, swirling and breathless, Sicilia’s work is beautifully executed and lends itself to the performative: a trait influenced by Ab Ex and time spent with John Cage.

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Spot Photo Works: Living among the growers

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm Opening Reception: Saturday March 7 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm While living among the cannabis growers of Northern California for a year, photographer H. Lee documented both a clandestine way of life and the process of cultivation in all its stages, culminating in the publication of her 2014 book, Grassland.  Spot Photo Works is pleased to present the first West Coast exhibition of Grassland, opening on March 7, 2015 with a reception for the artist from 6-9pm, and continuing through April 28, 2015. Aside from the broad appeal of marijuana for both recreational and medicinal purposes, Grassland is an essential California story – not so unlike the popular farm-to-table stories of Sonoma and Napa valleys.  The one chief difference has been the volatile legal status of the crop and H. Lee’s document, photographed between 2010 and 2013, catches the last days of pot farming at its most secretive. With historic changes regarding the acceptance of marijuana settling into American society, a fundamental shift is in motion between those who seek to keep it illegal, and the overwhelming populist appeal for legal reform.  For decades, farmers in Northern California have quietly operated, hiding their gardens from law enforcement.  As new legal markets have begun to emerge, marijuana agriculture is moving into plain view.  Grassland offered an intimate view of...

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The name Ragazine was coined in the mid-’70s in Columbus, Ohio, as the title of an alternative newspaper/magazine put together by a group of friends. It was revived in 2004 as ragazine.cc, the on-line magazine of arts, information and entertainment, a collaboration of artists, writers, poets, photographers, travelers and interested others. And that’s what it still is.