All articles by Carl Mellor

Compelling Visuals from South Sudan

The new ArtRage gallery displays compelling photos representative of the differing styles of South Sudan

The new display at ArtRage Gallery views a nation that gained its independence just four years ago. Impressions: South Sudan blends interpretive and documentary-style photos by Michelle Gabel and Bruce Strong, commentary by Liberia-based independent journalist Maureen Sieh, and information about South Sudanese who moved to Syracuse years ago but still return to their homeland to enhance health care and education.



Room to Roam for Edgewood Show

‘The Sum of its Parts’ is on display through June 19 at the Edgewood Gallery

The Edgewood Gallery's current exhibition covers a lot of territory in a small space. The Sum of Its Parts shifts from whimsical sculptures to large abstract paintings, from paper collages to metal work. And it makes room for a slew of mixed-media works.



‘Made in New York’ State of Mind

The annual Made in New York exhibit at Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center

The annual Made in New York exhibit at Auburn's Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center begins with the order imposed by jurors who choose works for the show and then transitions into a sprawling display hung on multiple walls. It features pieces by more than 50 artists who create oils, sculptures, photos, drawings and other media.



Cruz Control: Juan Cruz’s one-man show

Arts writer Carl Mellor visits a new show by Juan Cruz, who has cut and reshaped his previous works

None of That: Nada de Eso, Juan Cruz's one-man show at La Casita Cultural Center, poses a fundamental question: Why would a talented artist take scissors and deliberately slice up a bunch of his paintings? For Cruz, that act isn't mutilation but an initial stage in a new creative process.



Utica Goes Modern for Everson Visit

Prendergast to Pollock: American Modernism at Everson Museum

The Everson Museum of Art’s current show appeals on several levels. Prendergast to Pollock: American Modernism from the Munson-William-Proctor Arts Institute is an exhibition with depth, skillful discussion of changes in art in the United States over a 40-year period, and strong individual works.



Arresting Images at Gallery 4040

Manifestation and Ambiguity runs through May 1 at Gallery 4040

Gallery 4040 showcases three artists who work in different media and employ varying visual strategies in Manifestation and Ambiguity. However, they all share an interest in identity and in discussing that subject with viewers.



Area Artists React to Local Scenery in New Show

“Winter Recipe” now at the Tech Garden

Syracuse Tech Garden's new exhibit presents artworks reflecting a range of interests. Winter Recipe travels from Tipperary Hill to North Salina Street, from a tranquil country locale to a swamp full of dread. The pieces include oils, acrylics, photos and mixed-media works.



Every Picture Tells a Story: Selma to Montgomery March at 50

Art writer Carl Mellor visits ArtRage’s display of photographs documenting the civil rights movement

The ArtRage Gallery photography exhibit Selma to Montgomery March at 50 pivots on three 1965 civil rights marches that played a key role in influencing Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act. Matt Herron's images not only discuss that larger narrative but also tell stories of everyday people demonstrating for political and human rights.



Collage Education at Light Work: Xaviera Simmons

Xaviera Simmons’ one-woman show Accumulations, now at the Light Work Gallery

Xaviera Simmons' one-woman show Accumulations, now at the Light Work Gallery, doesn't offer straight-on narratives or develop conclusions in a linear fashion. Instead, seven large photos, selected from the artist's "Index/Composition" series, explore and investigate notions of culture, self-awareness, and the influence of art and media portrayals.



On With The Shows

Everson Museum’s New Executive Director Elizabeth Dunbar wants to fully explore and showcase its permanent collection

Arts writer Carl Mellor reveals executive director Elizabeth Dunbar’s plans to explore the Everson Museum’s vast collection of works