The works of two visiting artists who have applied brush and palette to landscapes of the night will adorn SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery from March 4 to April 9.
The artists reception for “Wild Inspiration: Elizabeth Austin and Brenda Giegerich” will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, in Tyler Hall’s north gallery. Gallery events are free and open to the public.
Giegerich, whose paintings and monoprints explore the psychic geographies of her often nocturnal and dreamlike landscapes, and Austin, who paints enchanted landscapes on the reverse side of thick plastic panels among other media, also will offer free visiting artists lectures. Giegerich will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in Room 104 of Lanigan Hall, while Austin’s presentation will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in Room 107 of Lanigan Hall.
Giegerich, who grew up in Westport, Conn., and studied art at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., paints vividly colored landscapes that are imaginary, abstract, highly personal and seemingly enchanted. Using a vocabulary of trees, pathways, rocks and water, she creates places that are lonely but beautiful, dreamlike and emotional.
Austin, a Chicagoan who early on absorbed the works of Warhol, Marisol, Christo and others in family visits to Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, melds imagery and techniques inspired by new materials and traditional European art to create a visually dazzling body of work. Her recent paintings, called “The Nocturnes,” are set at night in a leafy forest.
She studied new media—including inflatables, holograms, video, sound art and sky art—at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies and lived for more than a decade in France, where she absorbed the lessons of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art and literature.
SUNY Oswego’s Auxiliary Services, Artswego, the Student Art Exhibition Committee/Student Association and the Women’s Center support the upcoming exhibition and visiting artists series.
Tyler Art Gallery hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Persons with disabilities needing assistance should contact the gallery in advance, 312-2113.
PHOTO CAPTION: Nocturnal visions—Visitors to SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery from March 4 to April 9 can see Brenda Giegerich’s “Park Bench 3,” oil on canvas, in addition to the mixed-media works of Elizabeth Austin in an exhibit titled “Wild Inspiration: Elizabeth Austin and Brenda Giegerich.
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(Posted: Feb 21, 2011)