Current Exhibition

 

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Nick Marshall

November 20 – December 14, 2014

Artist talk in the Stackel Room (202 Wilson Commons), 4:00PM, November 20, 2014

Followed by a Reception in the Hartnett Gallery, 5:00-7:00PM

 

“Turn your bathroom into the retreat of your dreams.” — Sherwin Williams

In the 19th and 20th centuries, tourism proliferated due to rapid developments in transportation and the accessibility of photography. The distant, whether in space or time, became closer at hand. Displayed in albums, printed on Kleenex® boxes, or painted on bedroom walls, the promise of escape soon found its way into our lives at home.

Nick Marshall’s recent photographs and paintings explore the desire to withdraw from the everyday into representations of the idyllic. With the sea as a backdrop, the work creates imaginative horizons by turning our often absurd attempts to substantiate the ephemeral­­ air and water­­into anonymous or impossible locales. Through the use of consumer house paint and vacation photos, Marshall reveals our cultural attempts to materialize and reconstruct memory and fantasy.

 
Nick Marshall is a Western New York based artist who exhibits his work nationally and internationally. His recent exhibitions include a solo show at University of Notre Dame’s Riley Hall Photography Gallery as well as the group show, Ese Barco ya Zarpo, at Club Fotografico de Mexico in Juarez, Mexico. In 2012, Marshall was selected as a featured artist in Susan Dobson and Allison Nordstrom’s collaborative project, Pictured Past Future Perfect, and that same year he curated the group exhibition, My Apocalypse, in Rochester, NY. He has taught courses at Alfred University and Rochester Institute of Technology and is currently the manager of exhibitions and programming at George Eastman House. Marshall received a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and a MFA from RIT.

 

 

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Blueprint Paintings

Eric LoPresti

October 17 – November 9, 2014

Artist talk and Reception 5:00-7:00PM October 17, Hartnett Gallery.

 

Eric LoPresti’s aerial landscapes are investigations into the “apocalyptic sublime.” In this exhibition, titled Blueprint Paintings, he eschews the prismatic tinting of his previous work, and reduces his palette to a single, blue-grey color. Whether rendering the epic landscape of Nevada Test Site, where the US tested over a thousand nuclear weapons during the Cold War, or the explosive 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens, which showered fine grey ash on his childhood home in Washington State, LoPresti’s newest body of work registers an attenuated response to cataclysmic disruption.

Executed in a loose but precise painterly style, Blueprint Paintings presents viewers with a collection of landscapes, both beautiful and terrifying, which they may consider with perspective.

Eric LoPresti makes artwork that examines the imposition of technology upon the environment and the aftermath of the Cold War. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited internationally, including recent solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Galapagos (NYC), the National Atomic Test Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution (Nevada), Washington State University, and Like the Spice Gallery (NYC). A winner of the Faber Birren Foundation Award and the Miami Young Painters Award, his work has received mentions in The New York Times, Art in America, Artforum.com, NY Arts, ArtLog.com, Nature, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times, Vegas Seven Magazine and The Village Voice.

LoPresti holds a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester (1993) and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2002). He is currently working on an exhibition of data-driven paintings in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, to be shown in New York City in 2014.

 

 

 

Strange Surroundings

Resa Blatman

Thursday September 11th – Sunday October 5th, 2014

Artist talk 4:00PM Havens Lounge, Wilson Commons

Reception to follow 5:00PM-7:00PM in the Hartnett Gallery

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Melding art and science is an insightful endeavor and in Resa Blatman’s painted installation “Gaia,” art and nature exist as one. “Gaia” is an ongoing project that will continue to grow after the Hartnett exhibit. Its direction, patterning, and content will layer and shift as the environment around us changes and as global warming continues to accelerate. Resa uses various surface materials that layer, entwine, and cover to create an overgrown (un)natural world that is lush, undulating, and beautiful, while flowers and leaves lay coated by the sheen of a grotesque, inky oil spill.

“I’m very interested in the Gaia theory, which proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on earth to form a self-regulating, complex system that contributes to maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. In other words, despite our negative influences on the planet, the earth will survive. We humans will be at great risk as the planet warms, but new species of plants, animals, and insects will flourish. I find this concept, and the ambiguity of its meaning for life on earth, very intriguing. However, as inhabitants of Earth, we are responsible for making informed and thoughtful choices for the future of our beautiful planet.”

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Resa Blatman received her MFA in painting from Boston University in 2006, and her BFA in graphic designfrom the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1995, and she taught advanced level graphic designat MassArt from 1997-2012. Resa has received several grants and awards, including a nomination for the2010 James and Audrey Foster Prize at the ICA, Boston; and an upcoming sailing residency to visit the Arctic Circle in June 2015. Her work is included in private and corporate collections, including Fidelity, Twitter, the Hilton Hotel, and the WH Ming Hotel in Shanghai, China. Her work is reviewed and featured in numerous magazines, journals, books, and online blogs. Resa’s work was recently on view at Tufts University Art Center/Museum in a group exhibition called Seeing Glacial Time: Climate Change in the Arctic, January-May 2014. Her project “Gaia” will be exhibited throughout the U.S. this year and into 2015. Resa is represented in Boston by the Miller Yezerski Gallery. To see more of Resa’s work, please visit www.resablatman.com