Art work from Phil Young

Hartwick College’s Round House Press Launches New Project May 8

May 3, 2017

Hartwick College’s Round House Press will unveil a new project on Monday, May 8 with an opening event from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Hallway Gallery, 2nd Floor, Anderson Center for the Arts, on the College campus. The exhibit, “Desecrations” comprises new work by Professor Emeritus of Art Phil Young, this year’s Round House Press visiting artist. The opening reception will include a celebratory print-signing ceremony of newly editioned images.

From September 2016 to May 2017, informal lecture-demonstrations and papermaking workshops, all open to the public, have been offered at intervals throughout Young’s rich and involved residency, which now culminates with this exhibit.

The exhibit features polymer gravures and manipulated photographic collages printed by traditional methods, which Young made in conjunction with classes taught by Professor of Art Katharine Kreisher and Adjunct Professor of Photography Kevin Gray.

Young’s Cherokee and Scots-Irish heritage has been a life-long thread running through his paintings, works on paper, photographs, installations, performances, and writings.

Sophomore Art major Abby Cerne is also working on the exhibit, as Young’s assistant for Kreisher’s Photo-Printmaking class. Cerne’s area of concentration is printmaking, and this Round House Press experience has helped her realize the collaborative artist-printer relationship that exists within the printmaking art world, according to Kreisher.

“As I’ve said on occasion and to students this year, one of my ‘soft dogmas’ is ‘All art is collaborative,’” Young said. “For example, when we make paper, we stand on the shoulders of T’sai Lun, member of the court in the Han Dynasty, who was the first human to make paper in 105 AD.

“I am thankful for the opportunity and continuous, dependable support and collaboration of Kath Kreisher, Kevin Gray, and Abby Cerne. Kath initiated and followed through in the myriad of details, enmeshed herself in papermaking, made plates and prints of my images, and kept on top the overall process. Kevin spent many an hour in the digital and wet darkrooms, especially in our experiments in developing new procedures for the photos. He was also invaluable in overseeing many aspects of papermaking. And Abby was consistently reliable and energetically involved in the ongoing options that fed her own work.”

Founded at the College in the 1980s, Round House Press offers students the opportunity to develop professional skills in fine arts printmaking. For each Round House Press project, an artist is invited to work with professors in the print studio areas including printmaking, photography, and bookarts/letterpress.

A portion of Young’s exhibition will remain in Anderson throughout the month of May, while some of the artist’s new work will be on display in the “Abstraction” exhibit at the Smithy Center for the Arts in Cooperstown. That exhibition begins on Monday, May 15 with a reception from 5 – 7 p.m., and runs from May 15 to June 18, 2017.

For more information on Round House Press and the upcoming exhibit, contact Kreisher at kreisherk@hartwick.edu or 607-431-4828.