JANUARY 24-JANUARY 31 2014
CLOSING RECEPTION: JANUARY 31, 7 to 9p
Digital Wrecking Ball is a group exhibition curated by Lydia McCarthy’s Digital Photo class that celebrates the new and innovative artistic processes through digital platforms and the progressive ways of image-making. The student artists to be featured are Kelsey Adams, Jennifer Anderson, Allison Argento, Kyrie Berezuk, Alexa Buckheit, Allison Derwallis, Emily Eisenberg, Amanda Gere, Kaelyn Haggerty, Christine Krauss, Amelia Maslen, Emily Schell, Samantha Schem and Naiwen Zhang.
JANUARY 31-FEBURARY 26
OPENING RECEPTION: JANUARY 31, 5 to 7p
GALLERY TALK: JANUARY 31, 6:00p
The photographs in Domestic Abstractions are made by alumni of the School of Art and Design Photography Department. All of the contributing photographers have recently completed MFA programs at different schools in the Northeast. Each of them pursues work close to home, looking at the architecture, objects, and people that help define their experience and identity.
Grant Willing from ‘Svart Metall’
JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 23 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: JANUARY 31st, 7 to 9p
New Mythologies: Supernatural States and Polar Exploration
In New Mythologies, artists Scott Alario, Simen Johan, Sarah Anne Johnson, Lydia Anne McCarthy and Grant Willing re-imagine the Nordic landscape, using photography to create alternate realities that both dazzle and quietly threaten. Inspired by the stark environment, extremes of dark and light, folklore, personal history and contemporary culture, each artist eschews the bounds of the ‘straight’ photograph in exchange for an experimental, manipulated approach, constructing place and disorienting the viewer. While the tools used are varied, each artist’s work alludes to the uncertainty of our present moment and its convergence with the past.
Sarah Anne Johnson Lecture
January 31st, 2014
This event is free and open to the public.
Canadian artist Sarah Anne Johnson uses photography, sculpture, installation and performance to explore complicated personal histories, environmental realities and an unsustainable idealism. Ranging from the intimate to the overwhelming, Johnson constructs worlds haunted by memory and fringed with optimism. In her series ‘Arctic Wonderland’, Johnson creates a world of science fiction, envisioning a dystopian future by painting, digitally manipulating and embossing photographs. Large, geometric structures loom on the horizon, atmospheric bubbles enclose cities, and the sun is obscured as the apocalypse draws near. Johnson reflects on the sublime through a shuddering view of the future.
Sarah Anne Johnson has exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally, including the Guggenheim in New York, the AGO in Toronto and Mass MoCA in North Adams. Her work has been published and reviewed in the New York Times, Art Forum, New York Magazine and the Village Voice. Johnson’s work is held in the collections of the Guggenheim and the Yale University Art Gallery and she is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery in NYC and the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto. Johnson received her MFA from Yale University in 2004.
Our second visiting lecturer on photography, Christine Shank, is speaking this coming Thursday, September 26th. Please contact for details.
Our first visiting lecturer on photography, Lucas Foglia, is speaking this coming Thursday, September 26th. Please contact for details.
Senior shows are right around the corner, Saturday May 11. We are graduating a number of really good photographers this year.
The above image is by Nicki Klepper, from a series of landscapes she made in Alleghany County.
And this is by Lauren Schrock, from a series of portraits using various montage strategies. Please come to shows if you can!
On Thursday, February 21st, Montreal-based artist Jessica Eaton will lecture on her work at 6:00 p.m. in Nevins Theater, located in Alfred University’s Powell Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Using an experimental, scientific approach to photography, Eaton takes the medium itself as her subject. She deftly constructs a world supported by the camera and conceals her own hand in the process. In her series, ‘Cubes for Albers and Lewitt’, Eaton employs color theory, painting, photography and optics. By controlling the color of light and using multiple exposures for additive color, she creates images that reference Josef Alber’s ‘Homage to the Square’ while furthering the dialog of contemporary photography.
Jessica Eaton (b 1977) has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Higher Pictures in New York and Clint Roenisch in Toronto. She will be included in the Armory Show’s 100th Anniversary exhibition this March. In 2012 she was the winner of the Hyeres International Festival of Fashion and Photography in France. Her work has been featured in FOAM, Art News, Wallpaper and Lay Flat. Eaton received a BFA from Emily Carr in 2006.