Visual Art takes center stage
The autumn local art season is definitely a varied affair. There are restrospectives showcasing work by a painter, a sculptor and one of the influential photographers of the 20th century. Several shows will either depict scenes from nature or interpret humans' relationship with the natural world. And artworks will portray cloudscapes, Columbus Circle and 1930s Czechoslovakia, among many other subjects.
Carl Mellor travels to Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor to take in an impressive show of European paintings.
Hendrick van Somer’s painting of Saint Jerome depicts him as old and gaunt, for a moment glancing away from the manuscript in front of him. With quill in hand, he spent years translating the Hebrew Bible into Latin. The painting places him in an isolated location, perhaps a cave on the edge of a desert. A contrast between shadow and light invigorates the painting and highlights Saint Jerome.
Colors of Summer opens at Gallery 4040
Color is a fundamental aspect of art, an ingredient serving many purposes. It conveys emotion, catches a viewer’s attention, and plays other roles. Colors of Summer, a five-artist exhibit on display at Gallery 4040, certainly touches on color as a basic element but is much more interested in the quintet’s creative strategies.
Carl Mellor explores both sides of the easel during the Open Figure Drawing Group
On June 11, just before 7 p.m., 14 people gathered in an upstairs room at the Westcott Community Center. They set up easels, placed pencils, crayons and other instruments within easy reach and waited for the opening of yet another figure drawing session.
REnewal, the exhibit at Gandee Gallery.
Artists have long incorporated techniques such as recycling and reclaiming into their work. That includes reusing discarded objects and materials, and the very process of collage.
Passages in Time at Edgewood Gallery
Edgewood Gallery’s new retrospective presents pieces by three artists who work in different media: sculpture, photography and jewelry. Passages in Time respects the divergence in media but also finds commonality to link the artists.
Max Ginsburg’s work showcased at the ArtRage Gallery
Max Ginsburg’s showcase at the ArtRage Gallery features work by an artist deeply interested in everyday people and in issues such as poverty and war. His oil paintings for The Realities of Our Times reflect a choice of vivid colors, an eye for detail and a talent for composition.
Carl Mellor profiles a trio of exhibits by community artists at the Everson Museum, as the venue attempts to regain its financial footing
During 2014 the Everson Museum of Art has experienced drastic change and transition. During late January, the museum’s board of directors cited fiscal constraints as they voted to cancel two traveling exhibits scheduled for 2014. In turn, the scrubbing of African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond and Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Paintings from Glasgow Museums led to a revamped exhibition slate.
Jee Eun Lee, Eunjung Shin Vargas, Veronica Juyoun Byun and Gail Hoffman.
The current exhibit at the Community Folk Art Center features work by three young artists, all of whom create ceramics and all of whom are of Korean heritage. After that, Three in Harmony completely spreads out, incorporating drastically different artworks.
Schweinfurth Art Center’s ‘Made in New York’
The new display at Auburn's Schweinfurth Art Center rambles through several rooms, presenting work by 65 artists. An exhibition this large inevitably offers contrasts in media, subjects, and artistic perspective. However, the 2014 edition of Made in New York has its own imprint. There's interest in small pieces, in distinctive approaches to familiar subjects, in photos which make up one-third of the show's portfolio, and much more.