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“Ascension/Immersion” Press Release

Posted: March 10th, 2011

Conner Contemporary Art is pleased to present concurrent exhibitions of “Paladins and Tourists, treatment ” featuring new drawings and video by Zoë Charlton; “Stress Cone,” a new sculptural installation by Mia Feuer; and the premier of “Ascension/Immersion,” a collaborative video project by Mary Coble and Blithe Riley.

Ascension/Immersion, Coble/Riley Projects 2009


Mary Coble and Blithe Riley make their collaborative debut with the Gallery as Coble/Riley Projects in their two-channel video “Ascension/Immersion.” On-site in the woods of Maine, the artist team transformed an abandoned decaying, spring house into a platform for performance by cutting two large holes in the roof, which allowed a sole performer (Coble) to enter the structure from above and then exit from below. We watch and listen as the protagonist repeatedly drops 5 feet into a pool of water inside the spring house, then climbs outside through the roof, to drop in the water yet again, with no explicit goal. The performer’s sequential actions of emergence and ascension are visible simultaneously on the split screen, creating a sense of dislocated time. The continuous unfolding of an unexplained ritual within the format of “Ascension/Immersion” generates an absorbing visual rhythm, while the ambiguity of the video’s imagery gives rise to various possible meanings that can attend the oscillation between internal and exterior states. Read the full Press Release

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First Solo Exhibition at Conner Contemporary Art

Posted: March 1st, 2011

March 19 – April 30, sick 2011

We are excited to announce that Coble/Riley Projects will be having their first solo exhibition at Conner Contemporary Art in Washington, troche DC with the video Ascension/Immersion.

Please join Blithe who will be in attendance at the opening on March 19th.

On March 18th, Blithe will be representing Coble/Riley Projects as the speaker for the Friday Gallery Talks at Hirshhorn Museum, which will address the work of Marina Abramović, the connection between video and performance, and strategies of archiving and historicizing the medium.

Untitled 1 & 2 (from Ascension/Immersion), 2009

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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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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 Day 9: Shot 1, Take 2

Posted: February 28th, 2010

Today involved reconstructing a pile of objects much like yesterday. Mary dragging piles of debris and heavy objects back and forth while Blithe had to sit perfectly still for hours concentrating on the sights and sounds of the performance for video. Neither one of us envies the others part in this collaboration nor could we do it without the other.

We’ve chosen a concept that is very physically demanding which is becoming more apparent as the days continue.

We re-shot the video we made yesterday in order to see what it would be like in the rain. It was challenging because we were not only dealing with the exhausting work but were also cold and wet.

Once we had all the equipment set up we couldn’t leave the underbelly of the Market Estate so we ended up eating lunch in down there which meant we were there for over 6 hours.  We doubted the sanitation of these conditions.

It was well worth it because now we have two versions of a great video to choose from.

In general I’m really enjoying the broad range of experiences I’m having here. The office, remedy which is like a big community center is becoming very busy with different artists coming in and out. Faces are starting to become familiar and welcomed as some artist are working on site as much as we are. Everyday it seems as if I meet someone new. I like being able to take a few minutes to learn a bit about them and to chat about what they are working on and

The sheer amount of time that we have here to focus on exploring this site and making work in response is quite a gift. We talked tonight about not knowing how long we could keep this up but really enjoying it in this moment.

Tomorrow we will be working on another video involving the transportation of objects through the giant hole we cut into the fence next to the Market Estate.

The hole has been a source of anxiety because we do not want the teenagers that have been somewhat troublesome around the Estate to decide to explore where it leads. We’ve had to be very vigilant about boarding ourselves in when we are working below as well as closing the hole as soon as we are done working.

We have less than a week left to complete two more videos that we would like to shoot. It’s crunch time but I think we are more than up for this challenge.

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Market Estate Day 8: Shot 1, Take 1

Posted: February 27th, 2010

Entire day spent under the Market Estate. We made a lot of progress and are very excited about this piece. We’re completely exhausted. Our day is best described through 90 minutes of video that we’re not ready to show just yet.

For now here are some images of what we’re working on.

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Market Estate Day 8: This is getting real.

Posted: February 26th, 2010


-Get up early

-Run a very long extension cord out of a 2nd story flat over a driveway, recipe a fence and down into the belly of the Market Estate.

-We planned for rain and actually decided that it was essential to the piece.  It was a safe bet since it’s rained most every day since we’ve gotten here.

-Set up lighting and shoot the first part of our three channel video.

-We also hoped to get a construction worker on site to cut a large hole into a wooden fence for us for a later shoot.


-We get up early…. to an amazingly beautiful and sunny day. We wait, generic we plan, cialis we do other things.  The sun shines.  The shoot is postponed.

-The construction worker only has a grinder and cannot possibly cut our hole. We do however get official permission to cut the said hole.  That is a bonus.

Noon hits.  We’re frustrated that nothing goes as planned and wonder if these videos are going to happen.


-Gadi not only locates but buys us a jigsaw saving us hours and more frustration.

-Mary cuts the hole herself while wearing Blithe’s furry gloves, which is slightly demeaning.

-We marvel out the gigantic hole until the notorious teens who hang out at the Estate begin to marvel with us.  We decide that we need to cover the opening asap as to not entice them to enter the space where we have already began setting up for our shoot.  We nail boards back over the hole until the rain comes and we can begin working.  Fingers are crossed that this will happen tomorrow.

In the meantime we realize that this rare sunny day may actually have given us an opening to shoot the modified version of an earlier video that needed a lot of improvements.

We quickly set up for the shoot, the sun holds out and by 6pm we are watching the footage at our new editing station in the offices.  We ended up getting some quite successful and unexpected work done today.

Day 7

We are exhausted but adrenaline and the exciting potential of this project will continue to push us through.

This is getting real.

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Market Estate: Day 5: Under the Estate

Posted: February 24th, 2010

Today we explored under the Estate. When we first arrived we noticed a construction area beside of Market Estate. It looked as if there was a portion of the Estate held up on columns and this was the flooded open basement of sorts. Visually it immediately caught our attention and we put it on our list for future exploration.

After borrowing some rubber boots we went to check out the site in the snow and rain. We discovered that this must have been a storage area for the residents. There are numbered metal cages that have been left open and exposed to the elements. One side is a brick wall while the other is completely open. Pictures will best explain this. The concrete floor is flooded and water drips from the grates above. There is natural and man-made detritus littering the space. It’s perfect.

This is amazing…we both really responded to this aspect of the Estate and started shooting some test film right away. We experimented with moving through the space and conceptually considering what this “underground” location has to offer our project as a whole. After a few hours of this we then went back to what we worked on yesterday and shot more footage of ideas we formulated over dinner last night.

Today was a rather exciting day. Blithe ended it by spending time with her long time friend Annie while Mary met an artist Paulette Phillips who happened to be in London for a short time as well who was introduced by a friend. You should check out her work at at

Tomorrow…the project is really starting to form. We need to find some “performance clothes” and start some serious shooting.

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Market Estate Project’s New Website + Ticket Information

Posted: February 17th, 2010

Check out the updated website that has some great new information:

1. A list of every artist and a description of what they will be working on at the site.

2. More information about the ME Projects as a whole

3. TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are free but you must reserve a time-slot to enter the site.

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