Tuesday, September 15, 2015


WHEN: Sept. 11 – Oct. 24, 2015. Katie Truk’s exhibition will remain on view through December 12, 2015
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Thomas Nozkowski, U-15, 1994 (2)THE THING ITSELF

The Thing Itself, curated by John Yau is in the first floor galleries. Mr. Yau, curator, poet, and art critic, has over the past 30 years visited many artists’ studios and in that time has found that there is a lot of work that, for a variety of reasons, is seldom seen in galleries.

Most often, these were works are on paper. According to Yau, “What got me was the humbleness of the materials, and how artists were able to start with a piece of paper, and with simple instruments create an entire cosmos, a distinct reality.” For this show Yau has invited a number of artists including Lois Dodd, Thomas Nozkowski, Eleanor Ray, Joyce Robins, Gary Stephan, and many others to demonstrate, as Yau has said,No matter how much art I have looked at, and written about, I still find that merging of materials, rigor and imagination both magical and mysterious, a world arising out of the artist’s interaction with something as common and ordinary as a piece of paper.” (Image: Thomas Noskowski, U-15, 1994, oil on paper)


Plus One, curated by Wes Sherman is in the second floor galleries. This exhibition, like The Thing Itself, comes out the many years Sherman has visited artist studios and his realization that artists often refer to other artist’s work to illustrate the ideas that are being achieved or thought about in their own work. Frequently a picture or clipping is pulled out to show the comparisons. Plus One focuses on painters and Sherman has asked a handful of artists to invite another artist to exhibit a work next to their own painting. This pairing, much like a diptych, creates new contexts between the two paintings, opening up new observations that otherwise might have gone unnoticed. Some of the pairings in this show include: Suzanne Joelson / Harry Roseman; Sylivia Mangold / Catherine Murphy; Tom McGlynn / Jim Osman; Ilse Murdock / James Benjamin Franklin; and Hanneline Rogeberg / Suzanne McClelland.


The Center’s site specific lobby installation, “Wishful Intentions,” was created by Hamilton, N.J. artist Katie Truk who works entirely with wire and pantyhose. Her installation will remain on view through December 12, 2015. In 1995, while an undergrad at Alfred University, Hamilton, N.J. artist Katie Truk began experimenting with pantyhose as a medium. Truk states, “My pieces are a marriage of sensual malleability of pantyhose and the rigidity of wire. Internal conversation and motion are induced within the static confine. Thread binds and extends the aggression and vulnerability, echoing life’s twists, turns, and pulling within our rigorous regulations and expectations.”

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