Screens, whether in hands, vehicles, or rooms, have become a nearly ubiquitous interface. In Screen Play, the annual exhibition of Hudson Valley Artists at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz, 15 artists respond to or use screens as a material, process, or metaphor. Screen Play: Hudson Valley Artists 2013 opens Saturday, June 22 and runs through Nov. 10, 2013 in The Dorsky Museum’s Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery.
For over 20 years, the annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition has been one of the Dorsky Museum’s signature events. It is curated from an open call for emerging and mid-career artists with a permanent mailing address and active art practice in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties who have not had a major one-person museum exhibition and who do not have an exclusive contract with a commercial gallery. Students are not eligible. Previous curators include Connie Butler and Gary Sangster, Thom Collins, Gretchen Keyworth, Denise Markonish, Brian Wallace, and Linda Weintraub.
“Collapsing the differences of hard and soft and digital and analog, the screen becomes a unifying surface upon which we project and receive memories and desires,” says Daniel Belasco, the Dorsky Museum’s curator of exhibitions and programs, who organized the exhibition. “I have long been interested in the ways that screens have infiltrated our daily lives and mediate our interactions with the world. For the artists selected in this show, screens are being used to bring us together or to assert a degree of control over the media-based images that surround us.”
This is the fifth year that the Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award of $3,000 will be used to acquire one or more artworks from the exhibition for the museum’s permanent collection. This Purchase Award is made possible through the Alice and Horace Chandler Art Acquisition Fund. Artists whose work has been purchased in the past include Charles Geiger, Curt Belshe and Lise Prown, Francois Deschamps, Gilbert Plantinga, Thomas Sarrantonio, and Eliza Pritzker.
The call for artists to respond to the screen in The Dorsky Museum’s annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition resulted in over 220 submissions, revealing the vitality of contemporary creativity in the region. There emerged two significant modes of artistic inquiry by emerging and mid-career artists working in painting, drawing, performance, ceramics, fiber, and video.
One set of artists was interested in how the sexual and violent images and icons we see on screens manufacture and manipulate desire. Another group of artists adapted screens as a means of formal and material invention to mediate architecture and technology. Screens can be used to bring us together or to assert a degree of control over the media-based images that surround us. Together, the 15 artists in Screen Play are engaged in making art that employs the screen to process memories, stories, and desires.
The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, located at SUNY New Paltz, is fast gaining wide recognition as the premier public showplace for exhibition, education, and cultural scholarship about the Hudson Valley region’s art and artists from yesterday and today. With more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries, the Dorsky Museum is one of the largest museums within the SUNY system. The Dorsky was officially dedicated on Oct. 20, 2001. Since then it has presented over 100 exhibitions, including commissions, collection-based projects, and in-depth studies of artists including Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Judy Pfaff, and Carolee Schneemann.
Screen Play: Hudson Valley Artists 2013
Curated by Daniel Belasco
June 22 — November 10, 2013
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
State University of New York at New Paltz
SUNY New Paltz 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 1256
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Featured image, from the series, The Reveal, 2012, Adie Russell