First Friday is a monthly citywide gallery night showcasing area artists. Participating galleries exhibit a mix of local, national, and international talent, and many artists open their studios to the public.
Some of the parts
Without the few wall-mounted paragraphs, which provide minimal information about each of the artists and their corresponding projects featured in the show, the current exhibit at Visual Studies Workshop would merely be a collection of baffling pictures unattached to meaning, an almost alien encounter. "Of the Ordinary" is made up of photographic imagery, largely unshackled from its own contexts; images never intended to be experienced in the context of a gallery.
"Yearning" is a good word, to sum it up. Since we gained consciousness, humans have gazed with wonder out into the fathomless depths of the sky, in search of some unknowable creator, to begin to understand the complex laws that govern this existence — and ultimately to better understand ourselves and our place in this fever dance of creation and destruction.
We come to pass
The Memorial Art Gallery's new exhibit, "Memory Theatre," opened on one of the recent bright and brisk autumn evenings, when the daylong sunshine was punctuated by evening temperature drops and the fragrant decay of leaves, dipping us into that wistful ache of another year's departure. The show is a collection of works that speak of the passage of people and of time, of shifts in culture and of shifty memory.
Rochester Contemporary's current show, "signals_now_," was created in collaboration with Signal Culture, a new experimental media studio soon to be located in Owego, New York, run by artists Debora and Jason Bernagozzi. The exhibit showcases four artists who will be among the first to participate in Signal Culture's residency program, and who each question the place of media in our lives, and the ways we engage with it.
"History in the Making VII: Ceramic Traditions, Contemporary Objects"
Creative work doesn't exist in a vacuum, and artists often draw influence and inspiration from history and from the world around them. The work presented in the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery's current show, the 7th Annual "History in the Making" exhibit, offers a sample of contemporary vessels, figurative works, and decorative objects that were created with some influence from past ideas, aesthetics, and methods.
Wrinkles in time
Of the transmission of experience through art, poet Robert Frost wrote, "No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."
Albert Paley's monumental work, "Soliloquy," the fourth and
final of the recent major commissions for the Memorial Art Gallery's Centennial
Sculpture Garden, was installed Tuesday morning. The artist says that the
25-foot-tall, site-specific sculpture's title makes reference to the MAG as a
cultural institution, and the fact that when individuals respond to artwork --
be it music or visual art -- an introspective, internal dialogue takes place
that hopefully has a transformative aspect to it.
After the ambitious endeavor put on in Rochester this past July, it would be reasonable for the Wall\Therapy organizers to call it a season and kick back for a bit. But the momentum for the local street-art festival is showing no signs of slowing, as Dr. Ian Wilson and his crew have more in store for Rochester and the global communities his organization seeks to help.
"Pour Quality: Sculpture and Photographs by Gareth Fitzgerald Barry"
I'm fascinated by the way people like Gareth Fitzgerald Barry view the world. The recent RIT graduate and emerging artist works for Atlas Builders, a construction company subsidized by the government to revitalize the inner-city landscape with new single-family housing.
Take the streets
Four young artists are the stars of "Street-ish," a show of contemporary work that is informed by street art and culture, though was created within a studio practice. Now in its sixth season, this edition of Rochester Contemporary's "State of the City" exhibition series was co-curated by RoCo's Executive Director, Bleu Cease, and Memorial Art Gallery's Director of Exhibitions, Marie Via.
Checking in mid-way through the Rochester murals project
Thursday was Day 7 of the 10-day Wall\Therapy street-art festival, with at least eight murals completed and many more nearing completion. Wednesday night, an artist talk was held at School of the Arts, which included a panel of six muralists who engaged in a discussion led by Wall\Therapy co-founder Dr. Ian Wilson.
The First Niagara Fringe Festival will feature 360 performances across 28 venues, as well as over 120 free performances.
New York's got talent
There is plenty of captivating work to appreciate at the Memorial Art Gallery's 64th Rochester-Finger Lake Exhibition, currently on view in the Grand Gallery. Guest curator Alex Nyerges, the director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, was tasked with selecting 100 works from the 623 submitted.
Symbolically, walls stand to divide space, to enclose people and property. But for Dr. Ian Wilson and the network of medical professionals, artists, and volunteers he has organized around Rochester's annual Wall\Therapy street-art festival, and the medical-philanthropy organization Impact, walls stand for something other than themselves.
The gender spectrum, in silver tones and Kodachrome
Though the exhibit on gender currently showing at George Eastman House does not seek to lecture its viewers about contemporary socio-politics, its scope and range of representations provide ample opportunity for cultural and self-reflection. The first show presented by the Eastman House team under its new director, Bruce Barnes, "The Gender Show" explores the ways in which gender has been represented in photography over more than 170 years, from daguerreotypes to massive color prints, in a thick, juicy cross-cut of the wide world.