Artist and educator Todd Stahl's recent body of biographical work,
"American Voices," makes a compelling argument for supporting activists. The 15
assemblages, which are currently exhibited at Makers Gallery and Studio, each
portray an American icon who Stahl admires, and he feels that now is a great time
to reflect upon their work.
Nearly half a century has passed since Paul Garland's first
professional solo exhibition of paintings, which was held in February 1967 at
Rochester's since-closed Janus Gallery. In celebration of Garland's five
decades of intensive studio work and numerous solo shows in New York City,
Toronto, Chicago, Buffalo, Minneapolis, and elsewhere, AXOM Gallery is
currently presenting "Approaching Fifty," a solo show of Garland's pleasing work.
Artist and educator Bill Stephens retired in 2014 after 40 years of teaching art at Webster Thomas High School. "Since the day I retired I've been drawing every single day," he says.
Visual Studies Workshop's current exhibit, "Land Form," is full of fascinating vistas that reject classical depictions of landscapes in favor of reflecting the rapid, and at times disturbing, shifts in physical, cultural, and psychological terrain. When you take the staircase up from the workshop's main entrance on Prince Street, you're immediately confronted by what appears to be a pixelated black and white forest of pines that fill the opposite wall.
Photographs have always served as objects of memory: distilling moments of time, faces, and places on material surfaces that may be revisited until the fragile material wears out. Yet in this digital age, when photographic prints are all but obsolete, the very fact that they are objects of memory serves as the subject matter for some artists, as well as the theme of the thorough and fascinating show currently exhibited in Eastman Museum's Main Galleries.
With all of the exciting, newly acquired contemporary artworks going on display at the Memorial Art Gallery over the last couple of years, you might forget the institution also boasts an impressive collection of historic work. The MAG's Lockhart Gallery is a space dedicated to showcasing delicate works on paper from the institution's permanent collection, and is currently exhibiting a fascinating show of marvelous Indian miniature paintings.
At a glance, Norman Ives's artwork is both straightforward and enigmatic. That balance is key to good design — it should command your attention without making you hate its effort.
Figuring out the aesthetics of a city isn't a small thing. Developers putting money into downtown Rochester should take a page from Home Leasing LLC, which commissioned public art to accompany its Charlotte Square project in the East End.
Over the next few days, Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince
Street) is offering a set of engaging shows and events. On Wednesday, November
30, check out "Bad Objects: A Night of New Media from RIT."
There's much to be said about the disappearing scientific element of making art and the stalwart enthusiasts keeping it alive. Chemistry and creativity have strolled hand-in-hand throughout human history, but just as the majority of painters stopped grinding their own minerals when they could buy any ready-made hue, most photographers' understanding of chemistry and calculations faded with the onset of digital tech.
Our region has an impressive set of printmakers who consistently breathe new life into the medium, whether they employ traditional techniques or flout convention. Under the direction of its energetic president, Adam Werth, The Print Club of Rochester is celebrating its 86th anniversary with an exhibition currently on display at SUNY Brockport's Tower Fine Arts Gallery.