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Slade to Exhibit Solo Work in Cooperstown

August 5, 2008

A solo exhibition of works by Professor of Art Terry Slade will be on display through August 15 at Smithy Pioneer Gallery in Cooperstown.

Stone Circles/what were they thinking? features 50 mixed-media works chronicling Slade’s responses to nearly 10 years of research into ancient sites of pre-history.

“During the past 10 years, I have searched for ancient monuments throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany,” Slade said. “In these places, there are standing stones, stone circles, and burial chambers that are inscribed with cup and ring marks, concentric circles, spirals, stars, rosettes, and parallel grooves. This rich language of marks was carved and executed by hundreds of generations of prehistoric people.”

The installation also includes a small circle of local stone similar to one Slade studied in Wales to give visitors a feel for the power of the spaces and a DVD documenting his research, which was partially funded by numerous Faculty Research Grants from Hartwick College.

“I am fascinated with the distant past, the passage of time, and the marks that humans leave behind,” he said. “I believe that the presence and sounds of all the people who made or visited these sites throughout time remains within their sphere—intangible, untouchable, unintelligible, but always present.”

Slade's works also are on display in two group exhibitions this summer in Albany and Cherry Valley.

The Albany exhibit will feature Slade’s Germ, a 14-foot painted steel sculpture recently installed in Wallenberg Park, next to Federal Plaza. The piece is part of the 2008 Downtown Albany, Sculpture in the Streets exhibition. It will be displayed through May 2009.

The Cherry Valley exhibit is part of the village’s summer outdoor sculpture trail. Slade’s Lifeblood, a 12-foot diameter wood and glass sculpture of blue and red tones, will be on display through November. The piece is reminiscent in form of nature’s exploding branching system, exploring the similarities between the micro and macro world.

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