Hartwick Artists Exhibit Work at Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
Artwork by two Hartwick College professors will be featured in separate exhibits at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) in Utica, NY starting Saturday, April 16. Professor of Art and Sculptor-in-Residence Terry Slade’s exhibit, “Dreams and Apparitions,” officially opens in the Institute’s Edward Wales Root Sculpture Court, and Assistant Professor of Art Richard Barlow is one of eight artists featured in “Elemental: The 64th Exhibition of Central New York Artists.”
The keystone of Slade’s installation, “Mantra for the Survival of the Earth,” is a large collection of 365 brightly-colored fused glass concentric circles, hung from the Sculpture Court’s ceiling to resemble the earth. Each circle is a mantra of color, intended to induce contemplation and transformation of the senses.
The exhibit is meant “to evoke contemplation of our place as humans in the universe and just how fragile that place is,” Slade said. “It also urges us to be always mindful and vigilant about our impact on and the survival of this lonely, isolated rock we call planet Earth.”
“Dreams and Apparitions” opens Saturday at 5 p.m. and runs through October 16. Slade will also present a discussion on his work on May 6 at 12 noon at the Institute.
“Elemental” – which opened February 27, holds a reception on Saturday from 5 – 8 p.m. and runs through May 1 – showcases the work of eight Central New York artists whose expression is of or about earth, fire, water, and air, the forces of nature that forge spirit and matter. Within these parameters, the exhibition includes diversity of form (from the material to conceptual) and meaning (from celebratory to cautionary).
Mary Murray, the curator of the MWPAI, selected Barlow for inclusion in “Elemental” after seeing his show at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica. She saw parallels in themes that related to this upcoming exhibit, and invited him to participate.
Barlow’s contribution to “Elemental” is a 1,000 square-foot temporary, site-specific wall drawing made of chalk on blackboard paint. Covering all four walls of an entire gallery, the drawing is created based on photos he took of what remains of a copse of trees near where he grew up in England. The drawing attempts to reconstruct his memory of the site by suggesting the trees still form a ring around the viewer.
Slade has been professor of art and sculptor-in-residence at Hartwick College since 1983. He is currently the chair of the Department of Art and Art History, and teaches 3-D design and all levels of sculpture.
For more than 20 years, he has been researching and documenting ancient monuments, stone circles, burial chambers, etc., throughout the British Isles and Brittany in Northwestern France. His interest in pre-history has resulted in many drawings titled “memories of history,” as well as numerous sculptures in cast bronze and installations in wood and mixed media inspired by his research trips.
In addition to this is interest in traditional sculptural materials, Slade’s work has included the use of many different media, including found objects, wood, paper, stone, bronze and glass, producing works ranging in size from small objects to large indoor and outdoor installations.
Slade’s work has been viewed widely throughout the United States. He has had more than 100 solo exhibitions, including five in New York City, as well as in Rochester, Albany, and Utica, NY; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA; Cleveland, OH; Memphis and Knoxville, TN; Duxbury and Pittsfield, MA, and elsewhere. He has had residencies and exhibitions in Great Britain, Italy, France with exhibitions in Japan and Spain, and his work is also represented in private and public collections in the US, Japan and Europe.
An artist, musician, and educator, Barlow received his M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the University of Minnesota, MN, and a B.F.A. in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. At Hartwick, he teaches all levels of drawing, painting and two dimensional design, and his classes cover foundational skills as well as conceptual and creative approaches.
He has exhibited nationally, most recently in the juried Drawing Discourse exhibition in Asheville, NC, and Deep End at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY. Recently one of his large wall installations, Pixelated Bromide, was installed as part of the permanent collection at the Weisman Museum in Minneapolis, MN. Examples of his work can be found at www.rbarlow.net.
For more information on the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute exhibits, visit the Institute’s webpage.