Environmentally themed exhibitions coming to gallery

Bruce Conkle“Eco-Tankers: An Exhibition by Bruce Conkle” and “Rocks and Rills: Nature Themes from the Permanent Connection” will bring green views to SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery Sept. 5 to Oct. 19.

The show of conceptual drawings and “eco-tanker ship models” by Oregon artist Conkle (pictured) and students from age 6 through college level explores the issue of global warming and the specter of a future “watery world.” The exhibition correlates with “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change,” this year’s Oswego Reading Initiative selection for summer campus-wide reading.

Conkle envisions a future of sailing behemoths, retrofitted oil tankers that are highly adaptable to temperature fluctuations, rising sea levels and changing precipitation patterns. Crops, orchards and forests could be grown on these ships by resident arborists, horticulturalists, beekeepers and others, he believes. 

“Eco-Tankers” showcases the artist’s watercolors and drawings and an armada of suspended sailing ships constructed by students from grade school to college.

“Rocks and Rills,” a show of nature images from Tyler Art Gallery’s permanent collection, also will open Sept. 5. As a semester project, spring 2008 students in “Art 381: Contemporary Museum Issues” researched and wrote extended labels for this exhibition, which will feature works by James Gale Tyler, Lucien Pissarro, Charles Pollock and others.

The public is invited to an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, with Conkle talking about the display at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served, sponsored by SUNY Oswego’s Auxiliary Services.

“Eco-Tankers” and “Rocks and Rills” will run concurrently with “A Personal Landscape: Contemporary Art Quilts” in Tyler Art Gallery.

During exhibitions, SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. All gallery events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the gallery at 312-2113.

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CONTACT: Dr. Laurene Buckley, lbuckley@oswego.edu

(Posted: Aug 13, 2008)