Political art is about training a critical eye upon — and opening crucial discussion about — pedestaled institutions and systems that can be difficult to approach.
Text and subtext, sense and nonsense, run riddling through Strohl Art Center, and the visitor can pick their own pertinence, whether lining up with the minds of ancients or the fancies of artists today. Curator Judy Barie has set the terms of engagement; it is called “The Circle/Square Game.”
Guest review by: Anthony Bannon Julie Blackmon’s family art walks the tightrope of photography, long the medium of contradictions. Her…
This could have been designed as a sexy show. Well, at least provocative. Maybe PG-13.
At the beginning of Barbi Price’s weekly tour of Chautauqua Institution’s art galleries, she almost set Fowler-Kellogg Art Center on fire. She wanted to dramatically reveal the violin silhouette that Collin Everett’s Dada-inspired glass sculpture made on the gallery’s wall, so she held a manila folder in front of a bare light bulb pointed at the glass.
Paul Hauth is the guy you call when you need a wasps’ nest removed from the corner of the drawing studio. He’s also the guy you call when you want to learn your way around the welding pad out back.
“An Object of Beauty: Metal / Fiber / Glass,” opening Sunday at Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, includes a coping saw made of melted pennies, a crocheted sword from the cartoon “He-Man” and a shovel cast in glass, among other pieces.
Judy Barie, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution’s galleries director, said she was looking for unusual and unexpected objects made of each material — metal, fiber and glass — for the exhibit.
“How often do you see an airplane made of glass?” Barie said, pointing out a piece by Travis Rohrbaugh.
Chautauqua Institution’s first-ever wood art exhibition, “Wood: On and Off the Wall,” is now open.
“I’m a real lover of craft,” said Judy Barie, the Institution’s director of galleries. “I love three-dimensional work, so that was why I chose to open up with a craft show this season.”
The show opened Sunday at Strohl Art Center.