COLBY BIRD LECTURE
October 22, 2014
Binns-Merrill Hall Room 106C
This event is free and open to the public.
The Divisions of Drawing, Painting and Photography and of Sculpture and Dimensional Studies is pleased to present visiting artist Colby Bird. Bird’s at times obsessive, meditative practice bridges photography and sculpture, turning photographs into objects and striking a balance between the tangible and intangible. At once about process, intuitive making and conceptual quandaries, Bird re-works and re-interprets the familiar, turning the everyday into sensual objects that appear deceptively simple. Labor and pleasure wrestle with each other through handmade lamps, photographs, and support stands, with no clear victor.
Colby Bird received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. Since then he has exhibited his work widely, including solo exhibitions in the University Galleries at Texas State University, Fitzory in New York, Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin and Halsey-Mckay in East Hampton. Bird has been included in group shows at the Aspen Art Museum, Arthouse in Austin, and the Hagedorn Foundation in Atlanta. His work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal. Bird currently lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.
The students were fortunate to meet some great visiting artists this year including painter Trudy Benson!
Student Critique with visiting artist Jules de Balincourt http://www.julesdebalincourt.com/
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.
This show was curated by photography professor, Brian Arnold.
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.