Vestuary Operatics

Vestuary Operatics (corner view of Sarah Zar’s interactive installation, Red Forest). Interactive installation. A small child wandering through the forest of branches and brambles to drop her wish into the well. It will live in the floor of the abandoned church until it crumbles. The building has since been reopened as a community arts center, and when the floors are replaced in the process of the restoration, the words and wishes left in the well will become a part of the building. Interactive installation/ performance for VESTUARY OPERATICS. Saint Anthony’s Cathedral, Albany, NY, 2007

Lady of the Brambles was an interactive installation/ performance for the VESTUARY OPERATICS show in Saint Anthony’s Cathedral, Albany, NY, 2007.

VESTUARY OPERATICS was curated by Ryder Cooley and Michael Oatman on behalf of the Grand Street Community Arts Center, and made possible by the generous support and vision of Jeff Root and Emily Collins.  Albany, NY

“This is a big step forward for the church and the neighborhood organization that owns—and is in the process of renovating—it, Grand Street Community Arts. This ambitious exhibit will likely bring more attention—and more visitors—to St. Anthony’s than any previous event…

The participating lineup is a kind of local who’s who of the edgy side of the local arts scene: In addition to Oatman, Cooley and [Nao] Bustamante, this includes William R. Bergman, Colleen Cox, Jan Galligan, Sarah Gonek [Zar], Allen Grindle, Chris Harvey, Mindy McDaniel, Lillian Mulero, Fernando David Orellana and Jack Zazlo. This will be an interesting addition to the latest First Friday event.”

-A Grand Show, Metroland


“…a wonderful event, with 19 artists represented, spread out through the decayed & propped up remains of the church. There was much thoughtful use of the uniqueness of the space, with other pieces just sort of tacked on or included just because the space was big enough, like Abraham Ferraro’s “Stationary Climber.”

The pieces ran from the decorative (the striking wall drawings), to the obsessively intricate (Chris Harvey’s plastic found objects altar piece), to the whimsical ([Ryder Cooley’s] tea bags on the columns’ astragals), to the complexly interactive (Sarah Gonek’s “Lady of the Brambles”)…”


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