An excellent exhibition of the work of students from the BFA Photography and Printmaking Departments at SUNY New Paltz. Opening reception: Saturday, March 5, 5-7pm. Exhibition runs through March 27 at the ARTBAR Gallery, 674 Broadway, Kingston, NY. 845 338 2789
Form and Focus: The Photographers and Printmakers of SUNY New Paltz
“I am for an art that embroils itself with the everyday crap & still comes out on top,” Claes Oldenburg wrote 55 years ago.
The photographs and prints on view, one work each by 23 artists, were selected because of their successful concentration on a central form, image, story, or subject. They navigate the noise of daily life and the distractions of the creative process and deliver a coherent, well-crafted image. The works show students in control of their materials and able to convey meaning fluently.
These young artists give new form to the world around us — its histories, myths, and technologies. They probe where the social meets the corporeal in race, gender, and class. They tell personal stories and find their way in the world. They take a hard look at landscape and architecture. They invent new structures and visions. They are moved by the beautiful and the grotesque.
Artists may be sensitive to subject matter and the representation of others, but ultimately their work must insist on the integrity of their subjectivity. There should no holding back these students from making manifest that which they see to be true or real.
Curator of Exhibitions and Programs
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
ARTBAR Gallery • March 5th — 27th 2016
Kingston, NY 12401