India and South Africa are represented in a multi-exhibit show at SU Art Galleries
This winter SU Art Galleries continues to emphasize international art. Its current exhibits showcase Mithila paintings from Northern India, works by contemporary printmakers from Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, and South African artist William Kentridge, renowned for his ability to create in various media.
Local artists Wendy Harris and Willson Cummer re-evaluate their strategies
From time to time, artists reassess their work, as they first find success with one project and then feel the urge to move in a different direction. This could be a change in subject, a modifying of technique or even a shift in media. During the past year Syracuse artists Wendy Harris and Willson Cummer have both gone through a transitional process.
Triple Feature: three-artist show
The Edgewood Gallery’s new show Crystal Glow fits in nicely with the venue's general approach to group exhibitions. On one hand, it displays pieces by three artists, all of whom work in different media and have distinct styles. On the other, the exhibit has a unifying element, one that arises from the works themselves instead of some artificial linkage.
Out of This World: The astronomical imagination of Aspen Mays
Aspen Mays is an artist who finds wonderment in the physical universe, in stars, planets and much more. For Newspaper Rock, on display at the Light Work Gallery, Mays is interested in human attempts to investigate that universe, although she concludes that its beauty is beyond measure or evaluation. Mays, it should be noted, isn’t an armchair observer. At an isolated site on Chile’s Atacama Desert, she viewed a night sky unpolluted by city lights. Using her eyes instead of a telescope, she found staggering beauty in the Milky Way. She also traveled to the Southwest United States, to a 20-square-foot area known as Newspaper Rock, where Native Americans from several cultures carved petroglyphs depicting humans, animals and symbols on a cliff wall. The carving of drawings on the wall began almost 2,000 years ago. To communicate her artistic vision, Mays’ photography is done with a nontraditional approach. In the darkroom, she uses dodging, burning and masking tools. She has developed her own forms, patterns and pictograms. Consider, for example, an untitled piece dominated by intense green color. The caption refers to “fireflies inside the body of my camera, 8:37-8:39 p.m., June 28, 2007.” That the event took place at night has some significance, but the artwork implies that the fireflies themselves are far more important. Here Mays isn’t mocking the collection of data; she’s merely saying that perspective is critical.
Area galleries filled their walls with a host of strong exhibits
During 2013, local galleries and museums staged exhibitions featuring a wide range of styles and subjects. Indeed, Central New York venues displayed Andy Warhol’s prints, contemporary quilts, Haitian art, and work associated with the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century.
Craftivist exhibit by 19 artists explores the fabric of life
The new ArtRage Gallery exhibit, Spoken Threads: Craftivist Fiber Art, showcases work by artists who sew, weave, make quilts or simply interpret fabrics. Their pieces, created in Syracuse, Louisiana, Canada and other locales, reflect varied artistic interests and concern about social and environmental issues.
Schweinfurth’s 33rd annual show demonstrates the unique artistry of quilters.
Auburn’s Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center once again presents Quilts = Art = Quilts, a large selection of quilts, created by 70 artists who come from the United States, Canada, Argentina and other nations. The exhibit offers a diverse menu of styles and subjects. Its portfolio is broad enough to encompass quilts playing subtly with geometric forms, pieces delving into states of mind, figurative and semi-figurative works and, yes, one quilt celebrating the notion of fragments.
Community groups put art on display for the holidays
Over the next seven weeks, a range of local organizations will present holiday-time events featuring work created by artists or artisans from Central New York. Taken as a whole, the events pose an opportunity to view dozens of objects made locally. And, each event has its own identity.
Artwork derived from paper made from military fatigues highlights a sequel show at ArtRage
Five years ago, ArtRage Gallery collaborated with Combat Paper, a group of combat veterans striving to reclaim lives through art, on a ground-breaking exhibition. It was both ArtRage’s first show and the first time that Combat Paper participants showed their work in a gallery setting.
Local artists and photographers reveal their favorite locations to enjoy the fall foliage
Few aspects of a Syracuse autumn are so appealing as the fall foliage. While the changing leaves could be interpreted as the first step toward a long winter, it’s hard not to get caught up in the captivating colors all around the city.