Live Music A la 'Bode


Punks, poets, freaks and classically trained musicians make psychedelic grunge folk art together.
Years of
struggling with distractions like drugs/alcohol, unrequited love, and overwhelming thoughts of life being so unbelievably complex (how is it even possible that life even happens at all?) there is joy once again while still staying true blue. ADRIAN AARDVARK

Doomfuck is a heavy improv band from Plattsburgh, NY that features a rotating cast of collaborating musicians. Elements of jazz, punk, doom, noise, and more are combined to produce a live show that delivers a new emotional experience each time. Doomfuck presents a sound that is improvised, original, and always fueled by the world around us. - DOOMFUCK

Exhibition Opening


Albert W. Brooks is a long-term resident of Albany, New York, and native of Charleston, South Carolina, who has been practicing the art of photographing jazz musicians in performance for about ten years.  A retired public sector attorney for thirty years, Brooks came to photography late in life as a way to get closer to the music and its creative energy.

“Jazz music, performed at its best, is an improvisatory art form that embodies standards of excellence, virtuosity and beauty. Jazz musicians devote years (indeed lifetimes) to learning, developing and honing their skills as practitioners of this quintessentially American art form.  Though its historical nascence is in fact American, jazz is so well loved and recognized as an international art form that, many of its greatest adherents are musicians from around the world who are drawn to its beauty, creative complexity and limitless improvisational possibilities.”

“With my photography, I try to capture some of the moments of artistic creativity, surprise, interplay, striving, repose, energy and emotion typically expressed in a jazz musical context.”

Brooks is also a student of jazz saxophone and has studied with musicians such as Dan Faulk, Don Byron and Marty Erhlich.

Gateway to Wilderness


In the spring of 2014 the 112 year old Wanakena Footbridge was destroyed by the very river it spans – which frozen, static and silent at one moment, and the next avalanching downriver like a freight train in the form of massive ice shards and picked-up forest debris lending no attention to the historic structure.

Over the next two and a half years Wanakena existed without its beloved icon. Pedestrian foot traffic seeking to cross the Oswegatchie River was limited to the steel deck car bridge just up river from the footbridge’s void. This included hikers navigating the Cranberry Lake 50 – a fifty mile hike circumnavigating Cranberry Lake - which when designed utilized the footbridge as a segment of the journey.

The footbridge has since been rebuilt and new maps printed depict the return of the Cranberry Lake 50 from the detour over the car bridge back to the swinging suspension crossing. 

In collaboration with The Five Ponds Partners - the creators of the CL50 – and the DEC, this ladder-pack was used in aid of relocating the circular blue “50” trail markers which are used to direct hikers along the trail. Photo and video documentation of the task/performance exist.
This project/performance was created in conjunction with the Gateway to Wilderness Project + Residency Program.

Exhibition Opening


On view August 4th – 27th 2017
I've been photographing my surroundings for half a century, and to this day I am still amazed at the beauty that surrounds us. That's what I concentrate on in my art, the beauty; to remind people there is always wonder around us if we take time to stop and observe.

Our lifestyles become so hectic that we tend not to have time to rejuvenate our bodies and minds in the natural world. I take joy in the fact that I can live among nature, have time to splendor in the wilderness, bring back what I experience in the form of a photograph, and share it with the world.

After retiring as a Forest Ranger, I returned to school to pursue a degree in the fine art of photography. With that experience I've learned that art must come from the heart. An artist must extend to their audience, in the form of expression, their true values and beliefs. 

I have been fortunate in that I’ve been afforded many opportunities to share my photographs in a variety of venues; from local art galleries, to a magazine cover in Spain, to the crazy nomadic showings at fine art festivals. I have gained more than monetary awards and ribbons for my work, I’ve gained an outlet for my thoughts and beliefs. 

My work is an extension of my life. I value nature in all it's forms, and I try to enlighten my audience to an existence beyond our modern lives.

Most of the photography included in the show was taken with a dedicated black and white infrared camera during a fishing trip with my brother Keith at the Tooley Pond Tract. He fished, I photographed.

Bobby Ziemba

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Artist in Residence


Monotropa Uniflora - The Ghost Flower does not contain chlorophyll. Energy is taken by the roots from photosynthetic trees and decaying material on the dark forest floor. The plant turns pink as it matures and black when severed from roots. ▫️ I hiked down a section of a trail that was closed off by a beaver pond. Right before the pond, the trail widened out between dozens of these Ghost Flowers growing under many different types of trees. I chose this location to suspend an elongated and skewed, pentagon-shaped, fabric panel. When I paint in the middle of complex and mysterious ecosystems, features like barren rocks or previously trampled ground are necessary to stand on so that the consequences of my presence are minimized. (all photographs by Katie - pictured above: Canopy/Pond)

Katie M. Westmoreland participated in the Gateway to Wilderness Artist in Residence Program throughout the spring and summer of 2017 in the form of a handful of mini-residencies. During her third visit she continued to explore sites, specimens and concepts and create and share new work (Canopy/Pond, Sunburned Trapezoid) and ideas. She was also able to catch-up on the status of an outdoor apparatus which was installed during her previous residency - Visiting Landscapes (see below). Katie Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. To see more of her work visit

Artist in Residence


During his residency at Otto's Abode performance artist Robert Derr explored the local and greater Adirondack region learning, reacting and performing along the way. Video documentation of these performances are in the works and will be showcased on-view at Otto's Abode as they become available - stay tuned! Pictured above is a peek at an "upstream" performance on the Oswegatchie River just above of the steel deck car bridge in Wanakena, NY.
Robert Ladislas Derr translates the world around him through visual manifestations that leave the viewers with a sideways glance. For Derr, life is a performance–it sets the stage for his making. Exhibitions and performances of his work have been held worldwide including the Canberra Contemporary Art Space (Australia), Mendel Art Gallery (Canada), Schirn Kunsthalle (Germany), Wexner Center for the Arts (US), and Irish Film Institute (Ireland), to name a few. Among his awards are the Urbana Public Arts Commission, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Ohio Arts Council. Some of the permanent collections holding his work include Loyola University Museum of Art, Miami-Dade Public Library, and Indiana University Art Museum. Derr attended The Photography Institute National Graduate Seminar and received his degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, MFA and Art Academy of Cincinnati, BFA ------>



My found object sculptures, collages and digital works respond to a state of information overload. I present a point of view that elicits nervous laughter – half joy, half dread. Process involves using programs, tools and materials against their conventional intention. I play with control by gathering images that are at odds with their context and appropriate ephemera from my personal history or the street. I channel waste, finding space for meaning amidst excess.

Otto’s Abode artist in residence for the month of June 2017 - Charlotte Greene (b. 1992, New York) is an artist and curator. Her work explores trash, control and the Internet through found and appropriated media. 

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