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Oct. 31, 2001
CONTACT: David Kwasigroh, 312-2113
Mindy Ostrow, 312-2112
OSWEGO -- Two exhibitions featuring artistic interaction, "In Transit: Contemporary Installations" and "Collaboration: Prints and Texts," will open Friday, Nov. 9, and run through Dec. 9 at SUNY Oswego's Tyler Art Gallery.
At a preview of "In Transit" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, the installation's New York City-based artists -- Rory Donaldson, Linda Post and Jim Nolan -- will discuss their work. The admission-free lecture, which is open to the public, is sponsored by Artswego. The exhibition is sponsored by the Student Art Exhibition Committee of the Student Association.
A reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, will allow the public to meet the artists behind "In Transit" as well as "Collaboration" creators George O'Connell and Lewis Turco, who are both SUNY Oswego professors emeriti.
"In Transit" considers the state of being in passage, a journey that presents itself as a vehicle for discussion. In each artist's work, a correlation is made between a state of transition and a choice of hybrid media. Time-based elements coexist with the physical as the sculptural coexists with the planar.
When seen in relation to each other, the works are intended to create a rich dialogue and present several avenues for exploration. The installations will involve a range of media including video projection, sound, electronic mixed media and found objects.
"Collaboration: Prints and Texts" features the shared efforts of printmaker O'Connell and poet Turco. They have been collaborating for more than two decades, including issuing annual Christmas cards that combine poetry and printmaking. Selected cards will be on exhibition, as well as larger portfolios "Bordello" and "The Jazz Joint," plus Turco's selected manuscripts of poems featuring O'Connell's imagery.
Turco was the founding director of both the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and the SUNY Oswego writing arts program. His publications include "The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics," "Visions and Revisions of American Poetry," "The Shifting Web: New and Selected Poems" and "A Book of Fears," which received the Bordighera Bilingual Poetry Prize in 1998.
O'Connell retired from SUNY Oswego in 1992 after teaching printmaking for 23 years. As a Fulbright Scholar, he studied at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. O'Connell received the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1989 and was honored as Artist of the Year by Arts and Culture for Oswego County in 1997. He holds a vast resume of exhibitions, and his prints may be found in many public and private collections.
O'Connell and Turco will discuss their collaboration at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Tyler Hall's south gallery. The public is also invited to the program "Altogether" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, where O'Connell and Stan Gosek, SUNY Oswego music professor and department chair, will demonstrate the connection between music and art.
Gallery hours are weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The galleries will be closed during Thanksgiving recess, Nov. 21 to 25.
Events and programs at Tyler Art Gallery are free and open to the public. For more information, or for persons with disabilities seeking access assistance to Tyler Hall, contact the gallery office at 312-2113 in advance.
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