'Locations' exhibition studies spaces, identity

image“Locations: Four Video Installation Artists,” exploring issues of identity and space, will open at SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

“The four artists—Roberto Bocci, Edith Dekyndt, Charles Gick and Cynthia Pachikara—use video, sound and the surrounding environment to examine people and place as they relate to this shifting landscape,” said exhibition curator Julieve Jubin, assistant professor of art at SUNY Oswego. “Locations” is funded in part by the Student Art Exhibition Committee of the college’s Student Association.

Bocci is a multimedia electronic artist born in Siena, Italy. Over the past 20 years, his work has evolved from painting through photography to computer-driven interactive multimedia installations. His artistic concerns encompass multiple points of view and questions of personal and social identity. Bocci has exhibited his work in America, Europe, Japan and Australia and has been awarded fellowships and grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship and a Woodstock Photography Grant. He teaches multimedia at Georgetown University.

Dekyndt lives and works in Belgium. Her projects explore the social and cultural aspects of space, along with the particularities of space itself. Through the use of images, text and films, Dekyndt applies simple technical solutions to question the individual and global positions of people in society.

Gick is an interdisciplinary artist who creates installations about vanishing contemporary rural space and the struggles of human communication. He is an associate professor of painting and installation art at Purdue University. He received his master of fine arts degree from Northwestern University and bachelor of fine arts degree from Kansas City Art Institute.

Video installation artist Pachikara is an assistant professor at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She holds a joint appointment with the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Pachikara received a master of fine arts degree in sculpture and a master’s degree in architectural studies from the University of Illinois. Her current work explores shadow installations for pedestrians in outdoor urban contexts.

“Locations” will run through Oct. 9. It opens concurrently with “Autism Rocks at Any Speed: An Exhibition of Images Created by Autistic Artists,” which showcases the talents of six autistic creators.
Tyler Art Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. Gallery events are free and open to the public.

Visitors with disabilities needing assistance to attend gallery events may call the gallery office in advance at 312-2113.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Video and void—This video installation piece by artist Charles Gick will be among the multimedia presentations when the exhibition “Locations: Four Video Installation Artists” appears at SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery.

(Posted: Aug 17, 2005)