SUNY Oswego series to feature nine visiting artists

Accomplished artists working in disciplines from painting to digital imagery, from drawing to 3D installations will make presentations to the campus and community during the SUNY Oswego Visiting Artist Series from September to April.

Adam Parker Smith's Crush 2011 art installationThree of the nine visiting professionals have scheduled exhibitions in Tyler Art Gallery. All of their hourlong appearances will be free and open to the public, and all but one will be in the evening, according to Michael Flanagan, the gallery’s assistant director.

Hannah Claus, a Canadian artist of Mohawk heritage, will appear first, at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Room 102 of Tyler Hall, in conjunction with her exhibition, “Hannah Claus: In/Tangible Presence,” opening Friday, Sept. 7, and running through Oct. 6 in Tyler Art Gallery’s south wing. Her mixed-media installations merge traditional art forms such as beadwork with new media like digital imagery and video.

At 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in Room 105 of Lanigan Hall, Leslie Hirst will demonstrate her fascination with visual patterns in the environment—both natural and manmade—and the symbolic evidence of humans interacting with the world around them. Her current work, “The Graffiti Project,” examines the way in which the visible word is woven into the social context of societies.

Chilean artist Mariana Najmanovich will appear at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Campus Center auditorium to discuss her paintings and mixed-media works in conjunction with the exhibition “Mariana Najmanovich: Records of Captivity,” Oct. 19 to Nov. 20 in Tyler Art Gallery south. Her artwork speaks about the animal kingdom’s demand to recover its territory and the different contexts where this space has been occupied and violated by man.

‘Brash, assertive’

Award-winning painter Brett Baker will make a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at a location to be determined, discussing his explorations of painting as a place of interaction and reflection where human presence completes the work. Baker edits “The Painter’s Table,” a nationally recognized online magazine of the painting blogosphere.

At 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the Campus Center auditorium, painter Susanna Coffey will appear to discuss, among other works, her extensive self-portraiture, which critic Maureen Mullarkey has called “brash, assertive in its sourness, a little crude” and “relentlessly fixed to the central axis” of each painting.

Adam Parker Smith will appear at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Room 107 of Lanigan Hall, discussing two- and three-dimensional works that appeal to art and theatre students, among others. His sculptural work includes a doll and puppet series made from a wide variety of materials, from foam to latex masks to rope. His two-dimensional works—including portraits of actor Bradley Cooper—use photography, acrylic painting and more.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in Room 107 of Lanigan Hall, Carrie Pollack will discuss her paintings as “a catalog of memories.” Begun after the death of her father in 2009, Pollack’s new paintings are both poetic and existential, and they investigate notions of permanence and impermanence as well as uncertainty and contradiction.

William Ganis, associate professor of art history at Wells College, will appear at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in Room 107 of Lanigan Hall to discuss his research into the effects of the art market on contemporary art history, the legacy of Andy Warhol on contemporary art practices and video games as culture.

The series will wrap with conceptual photographer Nelson Arellano discussing his artistic collaboration with his wife, Liudmila Velasco, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at a campus location to be announced. His appearance is in conjunction with the exhibition “Imagining Cuba,” March 26 to April 27 in Tyler Art Gallery south. Arellano and Velasco’s reflections on Cuban society sometimes blend historic and contemporary photographs of the same location.

For more information, contact the SUNY Oswego art department at 315-312-2111.

PHOTO CAPTION: Artistic visions—Eight professional artists and an art historian will appear from September to April in SUNY Oswego’s Visiting Artist Series, including installation artist Adam Parker Smith, whose “Crush 2011” features a printed photo on canvas, human hair and a fan. The presentations, all but one of which will take place in the evening, are free and open to the public.

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(Posted: Aug 27, 2012)