Kreisher to Exhibit 'Sense of Self' at Canajoharie Show

October 22, 2009

Sense of Self, a solo exhibition of images by Arkell Hall Professor of Art Katharine Kreisher, will be on display through November 27 at the Arkell Museum & Canajoharie Library Regional Art Galleries. The installation is dedicated in first name only to three members of the Hartwick community who recently passed away—Kia, David, and Brandi.

Featuring Kreisher’s recent digital photographs from her Contemplating Peace series, the exhibit also includes several ongoing self-portrait projects and a new sculptural installation from her Dream series. Many of the images in Sense of Self began with photographic self-portraits taken over several decades at sites throughout upstate New York, including Rochester, Sharon Springs, Ballston Spa, and Schenevus.

“All in all, the accumulation of altered images provides a sense of self,” Kreisher said, “both the inevitable, obvious changes on the outside, and also the more hidden, significant changes on the inside.”

Over the past decade, Kreisher has constructed what she calls “site-specific, sculptural installations.” Those works include Dream Mother, Dream River, Dream Umbrella, Dream Spiral, Dream Timepiece, and Dream Cloak, unique sculptural installations that exist only once in specific locations. The pieces, Kreisher said, provide rich material as stage sets and dream places in which she makes new self-portraits and films video sequences of private performance events.

“Dream constructions are arrangements of objects that represent myself and merge aspects of my waking life and dream images,” she said. “Dream Dance: Inside-Out and Upside-Down is a meditation on the bold, swirling movements of our brief lives, made more beautiful by the ever-present awareness of death. The installation is dedicated to the memory of three young friends—Kia, David, and Brandi—who chose moments this year to dance on out of this life.”

The gallery is located at 2 Erie Blvd. in Canajoharie, NY. For hours and information, call 518-673-2314.

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