Past Exhibitions 2013-2014
The Annual Spring Undergraduate Juried Exhibition
April 24th – May 8th, 2014
Opening Reception in the Gallery: Thursday, April 24th, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
The Hartnett Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition “Nose Goes: The Annual SPRING Undergraduate Juried Exhibition,” featuring work by current undergraduate students from all departments across the University of Rochester.
The exhibition will open on Thursday, April 24th and a reception will take place in the gallery from 5:00 to 6:30pm that evening. This exhibit represents a survey of the diversity of artistic practices that students engage with at the University of Rochester. From photography and video to painting and sculpture, all varieties of artistic media will be included in the exhibition. Hartnett Gallery hosts this exhibition each year in effort to support artistic creation on campus.
Purchases prizes and awards for artwork will be announced during the opening reception.
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The guest juror for the exhibition is the photographer Bob Doyle. From 1984-1998 Doyle managed the Media Center, taught video production in community workshops as well as in the MFA program, curated media arts exhibitions, and developed a number of re-grant programs for media artists at the Visual Studies Workshop. He is a former faculty member for the MFA Program at SUNY Brockport. He has exhibited work at Portable Channel, Pyramid Art Center, Hallwalls, CEPA, Colgate U, Alfred U, SUNY Brockport, SU, and VSW. He was in the U.S. Air Force, operated an organic grocery store, studied Art History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Psychology, and Chinese. All along, he made pictures.
Derek G. Larson
March 3rd – April 13th
Artist Talk: March 3rd 4:30-5:30 Gowen Room
Opening Reception in Hartnett Gallery to follow
Lake Colors by Derek G. Larson is a low-lit, immersive installation extending contemporary painting practices with the introduction of digital technologies, lights, motors, animation and 3D modeling. A few of his pieces are self-illuminated with fluorescents and black lights installed on the paintings themselves while some others are animated projections on shaped screens that create the illusion of paintings in the process of drying as they drip for the viewer. The term Lake Colors refers to an early process used in creating pigments, particularly organic and unstable colors.
Derek G. Larson is an artist living and working in Georgia after receiving his MFA from the Yale School of Art. In his practice he combines digital media with painting, lights, motors, and projected animations on freestanding screens. Larson re-imagines austere philosophical ideals through the lens of consumer culture and the language of abstraction. He has participated in a number of national and international shows and residencies, with recent exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Union South Gallery 1308 (Madison), May Gallery (New Orleans) and Vox Populi (Philadelphia).
The Museum of Failure
Caitlin Cass (The Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative)
January 30th – February 23rd
Caitlin Cass calls herselves the Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative. The cooperative makes comics, drawings, and museums that folklorize the Western Canon. Fueled by humanity’s urgent, often ill-fated, desire to reach beyond itself, they strive to expose, honor and commiserate in a history riddled with mistakes and uncertainty.
The Museum of Failure is the Cooperative’s ongoing ever-evolving art installation come historical exhibition. It collects comics, drawings, embroidery, text, paintings, video and sculpture into a maze-like art installation that folklorizes the blunders of Western History. Watch an inventor fall to his death attempting to fly. See an ancient library go up in flames. Far from cold criticism, this exhibit strives to honor and commiserate with historical figures, inspiring viewers with every gallant misstep. Each installation of the Museum of Failure is unique and site-specific. This rendition of the Museum takes full advantage of the Hartnett Gallery’s triangular shape and centers around an embroidered Tapestry of Failure.
Caitlin Cass grew up outside of Chicago and after spending much of her youth impersonating disaster victims for the local historical society she retreated to Santa Fe to study luminiferous aether and the Socratic method in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. She started making work under the moniker the Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative in 2007 and has since made artwork that folklorizes the Western Canon. She holds a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and an MFA in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo. She’s held artist residencies at Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium and Contemporary Artists Center Woodside in Troy, NY. Recent shows include This is Not a Museum: Portable and Lurking at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C and Art-of-Fact, a fictional history exhibit that toured Canadian museums for the bicentennial