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Yesterday, local new station WWNY aired a story about our current Adirondack-related exhibitions.  Cathy gave a brief interview about the shows.

 

The exhibitions are on display until October 11.  Visit the Gallery’s web site for more information.

 

 

 

Last week, Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan from Peace Paper were on campus to conduct Panty Pulping workshops in papermaking and printmaking.  Drew and Margaret have been on campus before to for workshops and to make paper, but this was the first time that panties have been pulped on campus!

As they describe the project, “Panty Pulping workshops bring people together to share their strengths and joy through the transformation of their most intimate garments into paper. The concept of creating paper from clothing with personal significance reaches a new level as participants of all ages snip, beat, and reform their underwear together. When we pulp our underwear, we make a statement that violence will not be tolerated.  We stand together in solidarity for survivors, for the global advancement of women, and for creative revolutions.”

This week-long, multi-layered event brought awareness of sexual assault to a wide audience through active participation and hands-on learning. The content is social activism through the vehicle of art-making.

This morning, NCPR aired a story by Zach Hirsch which describes the Panty Pulping project:  Margaret and Drew interviewed by Zach Hirsch, NCPR.

And more photographs are available on the gallery’s flickr site.

 

 

Contemporary art blog Flak Photo recently featured the work of photographer Kyle Ford.  The photograph selected for the site, Before the Slaughter, is from Ford’s FOREVER WILD series and appeared on June 27.  A selection of Ford’s photographs will be included in The Adirondacks: One Dish, One Spoon,  which will open in August here at the Brush Gallery.   One Dish, One Spoon will feature a range of artworks and artifacts related to the Adirondacks, both conceptually and geographically.

More information can be found at www.kylefordphotography.com.

Kyle Ford, Before the Slaughter, The Adirondack Mountains, New York, 2012

The Brockville Arts Centre in Brockville, Ontario, is showing a selection of work from Morphographica, shown here at the gallery in 2012.  The photographs will be on display from June 29 to July 31, 2013.

The exhibition, a joint art installation by two St. Lawrence University faculty members, biologist Alex Schreiber and bio-archaeologist Mindy Pitre, and Pitre’s research partner, bio-archaeologist Pamela Mayne Correia, presents photomicrographs of biological specimens, including frogs, fish and human beings.  The artists selected images for their aesthetic appeal and scientific value to explore the intersection of art and science.

Additional information about Morphographica is available on the Brush Gallery site.

Top: Mindy Pitre, Bubbles. Bottom: Alex Schreiber, A wandering eye.

 

Installation shots of the exhibition in Brockville:


Tzintzun Aguilar Izzo ’15 is presenting an exhibition of his photographs in the hallway gallery — the exhibition opens on Friday, April 26, as do three other student-driven exhibitions.  Tzintzun’s exhibition, The Pozos Art Project, is based on the work he did last summer as part of his Tanner Fellowship.

Tzintzun will present a screening of his video work on Tuesday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. in Griffiths 123. One video gives background information about the Pozos Art Project, with interviews of Geoff Winningham and Janice Freeman, who founded the project.  Also included are interviews of students involved with the project and scenes from life in the town.

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The Pozos Art Project exhibition includes work done by students that he taught over the summer while working in Mineral de Pozos, Mexico.  There’s more information about the exhibition and the project that inspired it on the gallery’s web site.

But Tzintzun’s students also produced videos, learning editing and postproduction. One, Buena para Matar, a gangster micro-tale, can be seen here.

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One component of our current exhibition, Game On! Art and Hockey, has a strong focus on our local hockey-loving community.  The exhibition in the hallway includes photographs and memorabilia from the SLU athletics department, Special Collections in ODY, and from the Canton Town and Village archives, as well as from local hockey  parents and fans.  Students from Parishville-Hopkinton Central School made some hockey-inspired word portraits, three of which are in the exhibition.

 

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and also the first day of the spring semester here at St. Lawrence.

Signs Readied for Washington March, August 27, 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.   This photograph was taken on August 27 as protesters prepared for the march.  The gallery recently acquired a group of press photographs related to the civil rights movement in the US.  We  are working on digitizing these photographs, which will be studied this semester in Mary Jane Smith’s History 273 class, “The History of the Civil Rights Movement.”

A sacred song service called “Let Freedom Sing” will be held on Monday, January 21, at 5 p.m. in Gunnison Memorial Chapel for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.  The service will include a reflection by President William L. Fox and is open to the public.

Awhile ago, Cathy was in touch with Emmanuel Haddad from Slate.fr about the exhibitions we presented in 2011 for the ten-year anniversary of 9/11.  He has since written an article that can be accessed here:

 

John Collins and Jane Becker Nelson, the curator of Re-framing Terrorism, are both quoted in the article, and the SLU exhibition is mentioned.

 

The gallery will be open by appointment only during the University’s Thanksgiving recess, from November 17 through 24.

To see the current Rockwell Kent exhibition during recess, please contact Cathy Tedford (315-229-5174, ctedford@stlawu.edu) or Carole Mathey (315-229-5522, cmathey@stlawu.edu) to schedule a time.

Happy Thanksgiving!

image of vermeer color studyAn informal exhibition of student artworks is presented in the (skinny) hallway gallery.  At one end of the gallery is a selection of color studies from Kasarian Dane’s course FA 228 Color.  In one assignment for the course, students choose a historical master painting and re-interpret it using Color-aid, a specialized paper in 314 different hues and values.  A considerable undertaking, the assignment spans several weeks while students work in and out of class on this project.

At the other end of the hallway gallery is “Election Cycle,” a selection of prints and photographs by students in Printmaking 1 and Photography 1, taught by Melissa Schulenburg and Peter Nelson, respectively.  In a somewhat open-ended assignment for each class, students were asked to address the current political climate in the United States, including the variety of issues at stake in the U.S. 2012 presidential election.  In photography, students were also asked to incorporate both image and text in their final artworks.

In preparation, students in Printmaking viewed original artworks in the gallery’s Permanent Collection by such artists as Sue Coe, Eric Avery, Peter Maxx, Combat Paper, and others.  Additionally, in an exercise devoted to “close observation,” students were instructed to sit with a work of art for an entire hour and write short essays describing, analyzing, and interpreting what they saw.

Photography students looked at work by Barbara Kruger, Duane Michals, Gillian Wearing, and a number of artists included in an exhibition at the Pratt Institute entitled “Party Headquarters: Art in the Age of Political Absurdity.”  According to Peter, some students commented that many current topics (such as women’s rights and same-sex marriage) feel archaic and that people should be beyond these issues by now.  To emphasize this point, one student included a quote by eighteenth-century writer and philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft in a photograph about women’s control over their own bodies.  The greed and vilification of Wall Street were also addressed from a variety of viewpoints.  Additionally, students explored the health of the healthcare system, the lack of attention to climate change, and sadly, the self-described apathy of young voters.



Although not pre-planned, student artworks in the hallway exhibition reflect many of the themes found in the Rockwell Kent exhibition in the main galleries—from a painter’s formal use of light, color, and brushstroke, for example, to addressing socio-political issues of the day.  Guided tours of the exhibition are available upon request.



 

 

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