Paired exhibitions, Time Breaks Open: Susan Weisend & Memorandum: Leslie Brack, open to the public on Wednesday, September 6 remaining on display through Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Please join us in celebration at the opening reception on Thursday, September 7th, from 5-7 p.m..
Time Breaks Open: Susan Weisend
Susan Weisend transforms common and sometimes unnoticed natural images into their authentic status of uncommon and noteworthy by layering and juxtaposing images. Form, texture and color invite the observer to travel across and through time. Her work insists that we participate with her by dropping our assumptions about humanity’s place of privilege in the world. She encourages us to see all life as valuable. She places before us the ‘gone’ with the present, the departing with the arriving, and locks us, at least briefly, in an exuberant and humbling landscape of gorges, rock slabs, fossils, and tributaries.
Susan Weisend, visual artist and Professor of Art at Ithaca College, earned her M.F.A. at Washington University in St. Louis and her undergraduate degrees at Syracuse University (B.F.A.) and SUNY Cortland (B.A.).
Memorandum: Leslie Brack
Leslie Brack’s delicate watercolors of old metal filing cabinets limn every distinguishing surface detail — pulls, labels, rust, dents, locks, shadows, scratches, etc. — of her thrift store subjects. The artist’s faithful renderings emphasis a frontal format, presenting viewers with the mute faces of closed drawers. As portraits of technological obsolescence that conjure, in her words, objects both “empty and accumulating”, what’s inside no longer matters. Cropped to the scale of tombstones, they are relics of an analog age, recalling a bureaucratic world of particle board cubicles, touchtone phones, and inboxes buried in paper. Brock’s light, nuanced hand, however, imbues them with a melancholic longing, an empathy for their exhausted purpose that transcends mere documentation. Her careful portrayals are doleful and solicitous as a result, transforming her subjects’ stolid, banal forms into symbols of loss and transience.
Leslie Brack is a painter living in Ithaca, NY. She holds an MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently teaches art in the Cornell University Summer College.
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