Gallery 46 presents final show...sort of

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Rockville - posted Mon., Mar. 14, 2011
One of Rosenberg's creations, glassware that already has the stains baked into it, is the centerpiece of the show at Gallery 46. Photos by Steve Smith.
One of Rosenberg's creations, glassware that already has the stains baked into it, is the centerpiece of the show at Gallery 46. Photos by Steve Smith.

Through March 29, visitors to Gallery 46 can catch an eye- and ear-full of some unique and genre-defying works by Alexander Rosenberg, an assistant professor at the University of the Arts Philadelphia, in an exhibit called “Experiments in Longing and Failure.”

Describing his work as “controlled schizoprenia,” Rosenberg gave an artist's talk on March 12, where he described the process of several of his works. He told of his desire to interact with the past – the explanation behind putting his own face on portraits of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington (on the $1 bill).

Rosenberg also said he found “information” in activities (some everyday, and some more rare), such as the musical notes that a car makes while traveling over rumble strips, and in the fluid motion of one's hands while creating art.

For one of his projects, Rosenberg shot video of himself making a simple blown-glass cup. Using computer software, he was able to motion-track the movements of his hands, which were then turned into coordinates.

“I wondered if there were some sort of logic to that information,” Rosenberg said. “I got another piece of software that was able to turn audible sound into musical notation.”

The coordinate values were filtered through the second software to create musical notes played with a synthesized piano sound that resembled free-form jazz.

At the gallery, you will find Rosenberg's 10-minute video, accompanying soundtrack and a floor-to-ceiling printout of the musical notation (in rather small print).

“In my mind, all of that information came from that little, almost-not-there cup,” Rosenberg said. “That's interesting to me.”

He added that to take that project further, he'd like to get four piano players in the same room, to perform the piece live.

Rosenberg's show will be the final one at the gallery's location at 46 Union Street.

Gallery 46 opened last June under the premise of making art more accessible to the community. Curator/owner Melissa Tomkins Jones said her organization, which will retain the Gallery 46 name, at least for now, will be moving in a slightly different direction.

“We want to move beyond,” Jones said. “What we're doing is important to bring, perhaps, into other communities that are economically-challenged.”

Jones said the goal last June was to see how many people wanted to work with her on the project.

“I had none of that,” she said. “Now I have a team of people, and we want to broaden the scope of what we do, but still maintain the idea of making art accessible to communities.”

Jones said Gallery 46 will still do things in Rockville, including an upcoming photo contest in conjunction with the Elks Club, in April.

Photo submissions will be accepted from anyone (with a small submission fee) and must be photos taken within Vernon/Rockville. Categories include buildings, landscapes/waterscapes, people, events, and nature.

For full guidelines and entry forms, visit

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