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first_imgGuttenberg Arts Gallery is pleased to present Deep Waters, an exhibition of work by artist Amanda Thackray. On view from September 5th – September 27th, 2020 at the Guttenberg Arts Gallery. To promote social distancing Guttenberg Arts is now strictly open by appointment only and virtually on their website.  Patrons can schedule their visit or view the virtual gallery by going to www.guttenbergarts.org/exhibitions.Amanda Thackray employs hand papermaking processes as a primary medium in her practice to create complex forms referencing microscopia. She derives the content for her work through lengthy periods of research, guided by the tenuous relationship between the utility and detritus of human-made artifacts, focusing on our burden of plastic waste. She is equally terrified and fascinated by the ability of plastic to break down into smaller and smaller microplastics, while never actually degrading. × Thackray’s research into the pervasiveness of plastics in our environments and our bodies is visualized as large scale installations of quasi-fictional landscapes. Explored through simulacra of handmade paper, projects telescope between the spaces of the microscopic human body and the vastness of worldwide bodies of water. These dimensional landscapes present themselves as detailed yet ambiguous fiber studies and fictitious maps of overwhelming polluted ocean. Thackray utilizes imagery of netting to convey multilayered references attributed to both organic bodily material and human-made, rigid, immortal plastic – the net is a malleable grid concurrently acting as a trap and a sieve.Through working with handmade paper, Thackray engages with water – often site-specific water – to create imagery that is directly tied, both materially and conceptually, to that same water. Revealing a murky space occupying parallel bodies – human bodies and bodies of water – this narrative foreshadows new territory for her practice and begins to build a conceptual bridge between microplastics-polluted waterways and human bodies filled with the same microscopic plastics.Amanda Thackray is a multidisciplinary artist and educator, based in Newark, NJ, whose practice sits at the intersection of craft, sculpture, and environmentally-based social practice. Thackray’s projects have been exhibited at The Newark Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Montclair Art Museum, The NARS Foundation, and The Knockdown Center. She is the recipient of a 2020 Creative Catalyst Fund Artist Fellowship. She has been awarded numerous residencies including The Arctic Circle in Svalbard, Norway, and artist-in-residence at the Museum of Art and Design in NYC. Her work is in over a dozen public collections including The Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, Mediatheque Andre Malraux, France, Yale University, and The Library of Congress. She teaches printmaking at SUNY Purchase and Rutgers University. Thackray earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.Exhibition: Sept. 5th, 2020 – Sept. 27, 2020; Opening Saturday September 5th.  Schedule your visit by going to www.guttenbergarts.org/exhibitions  For more information please contact [email protected] or 201-868-8585. Guttenberg Art Gallery is free and open to the public by appointment only. www.guttenbergarts.org  Guttenberg Arts programming is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.last_img read more

first_imgThey say the initial report was called in as a vehicle off the road way. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says 67-year-old John P. Mason of Stamford, N.Y. died from a cardiac emergency while he was driving on Braehead Road in the town of Kortright around noon. The sheriff’s office says emergency medical crews attempted to save Mason. A LifeNet medi-vac helicopter was called to the scene. TOWN OF KORTRIGHT (WBNG) — Authorities in Delaware county say one person died following a crash Wednesday. The Bloomville Fire Department and AMR Ambulance also responded.last_img read more

first_imgAker Solutions has signed a long-term collaboration with software company Cognite for the development of digital solutions to improve efficiencies through the life of an energy asset.Aker Solutions said on Friday that it would use Cognite’s advanced industrial data platform to collect and analyze large volumes of data from offshore energy installations.That will, in turn, provide solutions that will enable clients to make informed decisions about an energy asset at any stage of its lifetime. According to Aker Solutions, this will reduce costs, lower risks, and improve performance.Astrid Onsum, chief digital officer at Aker Solutions, said: “Capturing and organizing large volumes of complex industrial data is crucial to realizing the full potential of digital technologies. Cognite’s data platform will enable us more rapidly to provide even better products and services for our customers.”Cognite’s platform aggregates and structures vast amounts of data from all types of industrial systems ranging from real-time sensors to equipment hierarchies, maintenance logs, process diagrams, and three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) models.John Markus Lervik, CEO of Cognite, said: “Aker Solutions is known for its early adaptation of technology and innovative engineering. By combining our deep software competence with Aker Solutions’ leading engineering expertise and domain know-how, we will bring new value to the market globally.”“The collaboration with Cognite strengthens Aker Solutions’ push to develop digital solutions that help integrate different parts of an oil and gas field with a clear vision toward automated field development and engineering, smart-products offerings, and new services enablement,” the company said.The company also recently formed Software House, an internal initiative that will build on Aker Solutions’ existing technology to develop new software products for energy assets.last_img read more

first_imgSuper Eagles have been advised to make Nigeria proud as they prepare to take part in the African qualifiers for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.In a press statement in Lagos monday, national team sponsor, Globacom said: “The draw has been concluded and preparation towards a successful campaign in Group B must begin in earnest,”According to Globacom, “All Nigerians must come together to support the Super Eagles to triumph over their opponents in Group B in order to ensure the nation’s qualification for its 6th World Cup. “Apart from winning all home matches and amassing the nine points available, the Eagles’ technical crew must work assiduously towards picking points on the road to ensure that Nigeria tops the group that has generally been referred to as ‘ group of death,” the leading data network added.The telecommunication company said the Eagles could not afford to disappoint Nigerians again after the pain of missing out in next year’s African Cup of Nations in Gabon.Group A will feature Tunisia, Libya, Congo DR and Guinea while Gabon, Mali, Ivory Coast and Morocco will lock horns in Group C. In Group D Senegal will face the trio of South Africa, Burkina Faso and Cape Verde for the group’s ticket while Ghana, Egypt, Congo and Uganda will trade tackles in group E.Globacom is the official telecommunications partner of the Nigerian Football Federation and the major sponsor of the Nigerian national teams.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgThe Presidential Press Secretary in the Office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reacted sharply to Mr. Simeon Freeman’s comments against President Sirleaf’s recent nation address.Press Secretary Jerolinmek Matthew Piah described comments from the Movement for Progressive Change’s former standard bearer Freeman as “gross indiscipline and naked political gimmick.”Simeon Monseegar Freeman had been commenting on President Sirleaf’s address to Liberians on the State of the Nation’s economy.In his reaction to the President’s address, Freeman stated as “worst” the condition of the state under the leadership of Madam Sirleaf than past Liberian governments.Freeman also stated among other things: “Today, Liberia, like the late 80s, is a place of huge capital flight, huge trade deficit, extremely low employment and especially high youth unemployment rate, non-performing educational institutions, very poor infrastructure and non-existing health delivery structure.”But Mr. Piah reacting said: “In a democratic environment such as the one we have created in Liberia, it is normal that there will be comments and reactions to everything that comes from the Government, the Presidency included.”He stated that inasmuch as they are tolerant to people’s comments and opinions, they won’t compromise their right to also put in “check misconduct and political- gambling as has always been the case with Mr. Simeon Freeman.”He indicated that while they appreciated Mr. Piah’s perspectives on the President’s address particularly on the overall State of the Nation’s economy, however, drew public’s attention to what he termed as “disrespect and misconduct to the Office of the Presidency.”“Firstly, Mr. Freeman analyses on the economy are dead wrong. The substantive discussions on the economy is out for a debate and some of our people charged directly with matters concerning the economy at the Executive Mansion are herewith throwing out the challenge to Mr. Freeman on the address in particular, and the State of the Nation’s economy in general. With his consent, we can take advantage of the very platform he used on Monday and any other alternative pleasing and comfortable for him.”“We know that Mr. Freeman as a former operative of the Taylor regime will never fall short of a flawed and baseless analysis and attribution of comparing the current very democratic and results-based government to not just the Taylor regime from which he amassed the wealth he brags about today, but to others he and his likes similarly condemned. We will therefore not be surprised were he to shower praises on the Sirleaf administration long after she leaves power; this is how most Liberians see one’s worth when they leave the stage. Mr. Freeman suggests that President Sirleaf must apologize to some former leaders of Liberia, including his former boss Taylor. We would simply like to advise Mr. Freeman to stop living in the past and from being a constant victim of hallucination because the past that he so greatly benefitted from is gone and no amount of anger and hate from him can return those dark days.”“It remains clear from Mr. Freeman’s constant campaign about the President’s resignation and/or impeachment that he recognizes the near non-existence of an empty talking machine call MPC which due to its empty nature has no faith in the democratic process, and that his only hope of imagining state power is through vain political agitation. Mr. Freeman ought to know that President Sirleaf remains pleased with her governance record and will not get distracted by loud and empty talk from Freeman and his likes. He described his leader [President Sirleaf] as a loud talker and that there were no more lies to be told. How can such a young man speak so condescendingly about a leader aged enough to be his mother? Is it so difficult for Mr. Freeman to address issues of national concern without his usual acts of misconduct and indiscipline? In a talk show appearance that followed his so-called press conference today, he urged the President to attend classes under his tutelage and persistently referred to her as “Ellen” leaving more question about his moral upbringing.”Piah rhetorically asked about Mr. Piah’s credentials: “How can a guy whose credentials are still being debated and questioned speak derogatorily about a leader whose credentials are replete and venerated? In fact, what is Mr. Freeman’s governance or work record that enabled him to make such a provocative comment to the President? Is something happening to him, or has his sense of simple reasoning and understanding being swallowed to the level of hate and anger that have overwhelmed him?”Piah jibed that Freeman, who according to him (Piah), without a better sense of judgment, was seriously hallucinating when he made his “rants” and must try to act quickly to stabilize himself because take it or leave it, the Sirleaf Administration remains the best the country has ever had.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more