'Mapping Linguistics' exhibition on display at Metro Center

art exhibitionSUNY Oswego’s Metro Center will present “Mapping Linguistics, Revisited,” featuring recent work by Kelly Roe of the art department, opening with a public reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16.

Baldwinsville native Kelly Roe’s mixed-media work is on display Oct. 10 to Jan. 16. A professor in Oswego’s graphic design programo, Roe has a background in bookmaking and printmaking and sees herself as an anthropologist, artist, editor and scribe. The “Mapping Linguistics” exhibition explores relationships in linguistics, psychology and child development.

Roe will be available to speak with interested people about her work at the free reception, which also will feature refreshments.

With the birth of her daughter, Roe’s encounter with the working parent’s dilemma of juggling work and family responsibilities was compounded by her own desire to continue to work as a studio artist. Fascinated by her child’s development, Roe allowed necessity to provide the impetus for developing a studio process that would include her young daughter. The result of this collaboration is a series of mixed-media prints that document the child’s growth in cognition during her third year.

The final works combine drawings with transcribed conversations and utterances as well as photos of the physical spaces the two explored. The final works were created by layering different levels of imagery printed on clear and relatively transparent substrates sandwiched between Plexiglas plates. The result is a colorful, multiplex environment of overlapping and interactive windows and portals featuring the abstracted minutiae found in the everyday life of a 3-year-old.

The Metro Center is a new member of the Third Thursday, a city-wide art opening initiative begun by the Everson Museum and the Delavan Center. All SUNY Oswego Metro Center exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public. Exhibition hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. 

The SUNY Oswego Metro Center offers downtown Syracuse access to Oswego’s MBA program, graduate courses in education and the liberal arts, customized and contract training, and small business consulting.

For additional information about this exhibition, call the SUNY Oswego art department at 312-2111. For persons with disabilities needing assistance to visit the exhibition, call the Metro Center in advance at 399-4100.

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(Posted: Oct 14, 2008)