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Our installation in St. Louis

Posted: November 21st, 2010

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New Installation of “Pile” in Saint Louis, MO

Posted: October 16th, 2010

We are happy to participate in the exhibition Sweet Jesus on November 19 & 20th, ed organized by artist/curators Lauren Adams, cialis sale Juan William Chavez, Jake Peterson, and Kiersten Torrez. The exhibition venue is a great match for our work, an enormous old abandoned brewery!

This will be the first time that Pile will be shown in its full screen three-channel format. Blithe will be going to Saint Louis to install the piece, taking the unique location into account. We will also be participating in a panel discussion open to the public on November 20th.

The Location:
Lemp Brewery, Site of "Sweet Jesus Exhibition"Lemp Brewery, Site of "Sweet Jesus" Exhibition
Lemp Brewery, Site of "Sweet Jesus" Exhibition


Lauren Adams artist site:
Cosign Projects:

Juan William Chavez:

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“Ascension/Immersion” will be showing at the SPARK FESTIVAL

Posted: September 23rd, 2010

Coble/Riley Projects will be participating in the Spark Festival at the University of Minnesota with our video piece “Ascension/Immersion”

Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts 2010

September 28 – October 3, mind 2010

University of Minnesota; Minneapolis, drugstore USA

Now in its eighth year, search the Spark Festival showcases groundbreaking works of music, art, theater, and dance that feature use of new technologies. Spark invites submissions of art, dance, theater, and music works incorporating new media, including electroacoustic concert music, experimental electronica, theatrical and dance works, installations, kinetic sculpture, artbots, video, and other non-traditional genres.

Ascension/Immersion                               2009

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Artist Talk in Brooklyn, July 10th at 1pm

Posted: June 29th, 2010

Coble/Riley Projects will be giving an artist talk in conjunction with the group show I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER on Saturday, July 10th at 1pm, in Brooklyn NY ( Saint Cecilia’s Convent21 Monitor Street, Brooklyn, NY)

The talk will be followed by a video screening of other artists work running from 3-5pm.

We will present recent work made at two residencies— Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Market Estate Project in London, UK. We will hold a conversation about our collaborative process and the challenges of working site-specifically in unusual environments.
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER is an exhibition created by an international group of artists who met one year ago in rural Maine, at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. This summer, these artists reunite to form a five-day multi-media exhibition at the former convent of Saint Cecilia’s in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The broad range of works on view reflect the stylistic pluralism of our era and present the fruits of an artistic community that continues to prosper. With 60 artists on its roster, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, celebrates creative exchange, collaboration, and the mission of the Skowhegan community at large.

Schedule of Events
Opening Reception & Performances, July 9th, 6 pm to 9 pm
Video Screenings, July 10th, 3pm to 5 pm
Guided Tours, July 11th & 12th, 2 pm & 5 pm

About Skowhegan
Skowhegan, an intensive nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists established in 1946, seeks each year to bring together a gifted and diverse group of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to art-making and inquiry to create the most stimulating and rigorous environment possible for a concentrated period of artistic creation, interaction and growth.

Participating Artists
Lauren F. Adams • Eduardo Tomás Basualdo • Keren Benbenisty • Ashley Blalock • Katherine Bradford • Heather Bursch • Maria Buyondo • Krista Caballero • Nayari Castillo • Caleb Charland • Colby Claycomb • Mary Coble • Brandon Cox • Rachel Fainter • Amy Feldman • José Joaquin Figueroa • The Friendly Falcons • Rosalinda González • Jacob Gossett • Jane Fox Hipple • Cooper Holoweski • Janelle Iglesias • Nova Jiang • Art Johnson • Kyoung Eun Kang • Devin Kenny • Ji Eun Kim • Avi Krispin • Anna Kunz • Eva La Cour • Jenny Lee • Dan Levenson • Gregg Louis • Matthew Mazzotta • Nat Meade • Matthew Metzger • Irvin Morazan • Nyeema Morgan • Rosalind Murray • Tameka Norris • Brandon Norsted • Mie Olise • Ann Oren • Ester Partegàs • Renata Poljak • Rit Premnath • Jaye Rhee • Blithe Riley • Christopher Robbins • Jacolby Satterwhite • Paul Stoelting • Clarissa Tossin • Niels Vis • Richard T. Walker • Ian Warren • Brindalyn Webster • Letha Wilson • Gregory Witt • Jayoung Yoon • Theodoros Zafeiropoulos

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Coble/Riley Projects now represented
by Conner Contemporary Art

Posted: June 25th, 2010

Coble/Riley Projects is now represented by Conner Contemporary Art. Conner, who has represented Mary for quite some time, is a prime venue for contemporary art in Washington, DC. We’re thrilled to have our collaboration join their amazing list of international artists!

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March and April Updates

Posted: April 27th, 2010

Things have been so busy since we left London! We are still finishing up the final edits of our installation pieces that we made, have applied for a grant to help tweak the sound, and have submitted a proposal to work on a new site-specific piece this summer. Over the last two months we’ve been spending time on our solo projects, but wanted to give an update of what’s been happening.

Updates from Mary: Mary has an upcoming solo show at Conner Contemporary  in DC. The opening is Saturday May 15th! Details below:


In Source, Coble presents three new videos, mixed media work, and a live endurance performance (to occur in the gallery courtyard during the exhibition opening). In all of these pieces, Coble addresses themes of purification and renewal in actions focused on the element of water. In her videos, the artist explores subjective states of uncertainty and futility. In her performance, she will raise social awareness about water quality and availability in the local and global communities. The exhibition demonstrates the depth and dimension of Coble’s art, which ranges from personal introspection to experience shared through public interaction.

Coble’s videos: Stand, Fall, and Swim document the artist’s endurance-based activities in a secluded lake. Working in an introspective mode, she explores what making work means to her personally, confronting challenges and opening up to discoveries that arise with that making. Her lone pursuits convey apprehension and doubt associated with uncertain journeys. These videos are Coble’s most Romantic works to date, as their natural setting, and her struggle against the elements, recall 19th century landscape painting.

Endurance is a consistent methodological factor in Coble’s videos as well as her live gallery performance. In each work, she also embraces water as a medium. The natural setting for her videos underscores the importance of the environment to the global water supply. The performance demonstrates that the abundance of water in DC doesn’t insure its quality. In the videos, water visibly affects Coble outwardly, as she makes an inward journey. Her performance calls attention to the internal effects of water quality. Whereas the videos reveal the artist’s self-examination, the performance takes its departure from her experience as a member of a larger community, and propels her outward into that community. To gather her material, the artist went door-to-door, collecting water samples from residences in all of DC’s 8 wards (over 127 neighborhoods). Coble crossed demographic boundaries to emphasize that water quality has differential effects across populations. The artist’s actions at the gallery will create a communal source of clean water, a condition which has historically given rise to gathering places.

Updates from Blithe:
Blithe has been busy making new work! She just got back from a very productive residency at the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University where she worked on a surround sound audio piece for her ongoing project The Edna Experiments, as well as iris prints, and some 3-D documentation for Coble/Riley projects.

Mary and Blithe both finished an art edition of 25 frames for the Skowhegan Benefit Awards Dinner, where Blithe will be in attendance.

Happy Spring!

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Goodbye London and the Trip Home

Posted: March 8th, 2010

Blogging from New York! Still running on very little energy, but happy to be in my native time zone. Yesterday was a bit of a blur, Mary and I woke up to post party madness in the office. Last nights rave left bodies littered on the floor sleeping on couch cushions, and one final drunken art installation in the bathroom. Here are few priceless snaps of our post-party organizer friends.

Gadi waking up on the radio station floor:

Nathan sleeping on last nights dance floor

Remnants of a bathroom Happening

Mary and I headed to Camden to get gifts to bring home. We felt like posers getting tourist knickknacks since we never made it to the city center, so we mainly stocked up on the staples of our trip— tea, cheap biscuits, chocolate (although Mary did get a bad ass skull and crossbones british flag patch, and I bought a very bright purple I heart London hoodie.)

We then headed back to the estate to say our goodbyes. We said a final farewell on on the Market Estate radio, and hugs to Gadi, Chris, Nathan and Gaby, and to the building. I felt a little sad knowing that the estate will soon be gone, but we are also happy that we got to work on site while it was still there. This place was so generative and productive to our work, and we feel great about what we’ve left with. We only can hope that the future of this site is a positive one, for the new residents that will be housed in the next incarnation of flats built, and for the neighborhood overall. We look forward to following its progress from a distance, as well as future endeavors from the TallTales organizers.

Chris, the Market Radio Host with sleepy Mary

One Final Group Shot:

Gaby and Lihu helped us lug our bags to the tube as we headed to the airport. We were so happy to have them with us since we were re-routed and would have been terribly confused otherwise. Mary and I departed on the train, although goodbye for us just means until the next email or phone call. We still have work to do in our near future, finalizing our installation edits, and finding the right venue to show this work that we’re proud of. We look forward to showing what we’ve done, taking the time to process and reflect on the project, do some writing, and get feedback.

Thanks to all who followed us on our trip. We will continue to actively post, probably not daily, but regularly. Stay tuned for our finished pieces.

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Final Day at The Market Estate

Posted: March 7th, 2010

Today was the big day around The Market Estate. Everyone was up early, and I’m sure many never went to bed.   After Blithe edited into the early morning and I prepared our room, we both had to rely on caffeine and adrenaline to push us through.

The excitement could be felt everywhere today.  Lots of great art. Lots of people came to check it out.  The queue wrapped around the corner to get into the estate.

Blithe and I are both in bed while a huge party is currently happening upstairs. I hear dancing, yelling and European techno, I believe.  We are too exhausted to join in, but I’m happy that everyone is having the chance to celebrate their hard work.

Today we showed both the three-channel and two-channel videos in our old home-the 6th floor flat.

We got a lot of good feedback and talked with the hundreds of people who came to see the work.  We also had the pleasure of being visited by friends throughout the day.

Maria, our new friend and artist working here as well said something that I felt was very true tonight.  She said, “What you’ve done is impossible.  It’s just not possible to come to a new place and make this kind of work in two weeks.”  I agree but we did do this and I’m very pleased with what we are coming away from here with-not just the work but the experience as a whole.

This is all for tonight but not for the blog.

There will be more soon on the day today and our reflections of the Market Estate experience after some sleep and a flight across the Atlantic.

Congratulations everyone!!

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Market Estate: Don’t know the day or time: Midnight oil

Posted: March 6th, 2010

Nearly 3 am. I am editing and Mary is sleeping. Still working on our piece for tomorrow. Ran into some technical challenges today- Final Cut made our videos look horrible at 33% scale when exported to DV. Since we don’t have three projectors, we are doing a mock-up on one screen. So now everything must go into AfterEffects… probably for the best, but more time consuming.

Excited to see the project come together and get a chance to relax a bit tomorrow.

To tired to say much, but here are some highlights:
Mary installed projector shelves despite a lack of powertools and decent walls.
Naya and Hans came over and we got a quick bite. It was wonderful to see them.
Gaby brought us homemade lemon poppy seed muffins.
Maria left us a super special bar of chocolate on our door.

Must get back to work. Many photos tomorrow.
Sending love to all the artists up right now. Birds are starting to chirp.

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Market Estate: Thirteenth Day, Compiling!

Posted: March 4th, 2010

Morning: We discuss the installation of our piece. Blithe wants it on the windows. Mary does not want to lift anything. Blithe offers to cover them herself. Mary says no way, ambulance prescription you must edit all day and night. Tension. And its before coffee. Not smart.

Blithe goes to edit. Mary covers windows.

Midday we meet with Gaby, ask who is liaison between the organizers for details regarding our residency. She is doing her MA thesis at St. Martins on the subject of artist residencies in “conflicted areas.” She is including the Market Estate project as one of these sites, and we meet with her weekly to talk about our experience here. Today we had a especially good talk about how our time here has been generative and fruitful, while challenging.

We MOVED! We no longer live in the Estate. We live about 20 feet away in the office. It has heat and showers! We are happy although are sacrificing a little privacy. However we knew that it was time to move when the vomit was cleaned from the stairwell. When it moved, we knew we had to also.

Mary and Gadi cooked dinner tonight in the office.

Gadi in the kitchen!

It was nice to sit around a table with everyone and get a taste of the community experience we have been craving. One thing that we have missed is getting quality time with the organizers and other artists and having a space for dialog. It was nice to have  a little of that tonight, if however brief.

The night closes with Blithe and Mary drinking and looking at edited footage. We make some clear decisions about the rough cut of the Corridor video. We will finish a cut of it tomorrow. Blithe did some bulk editing on our three channel piece, although we have yet to make any structural decisions. That will be also be tomorrow.

The organizers are working very hard. The whole place is buzzing with artists as projects are being completed.

Command Central:

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