February 1, 2011 — Utica, NY- Recent Artists from Sculpture Space, Utica’s Utopia, a traveling show of photographs and museum panels, will be on view through September 30 in the Utica Public Library Exhibition Gallery at 303 Genesee Street. The panels highlight a range of out-of-the-ordinary artworks installed in the community and in the Sculpture Space studio by 12 visiting artists-in-residence.
The artists competed for a Sculpture Space fellowship award, and the opportunity to make work in the Mohawk Valley. Also featured: a cameo show of photographs by Sculpture Space alumna Ann Reichlin, Solid and Fragmented: Translucent Home in Transformation, that explore Translucent Home, her site-specific permanent installation on the Sculpture Space grounds at 914 Whitesboro Street. The show is made possible with support from DeNicola Design and Seifert Graphics, with additional support from John and Kathy Zogby.
The show in its inaugural configuration first debuted on Long Island in February at the Islip Art Museum, where the sculptors’ actual artwork filled the museum’s five gallery spaces. Works installed in the community are represented by oversize photographs of site- specific Utica-based installations by Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Slinko and Ann Reichlin. The Utica Public Library traveling show includes video interviews with three of the artists featured in the show—Sarah Bednarek, Patrick Grenier and Heather Dewey-Hagbord–conducted, edited and produced by artist Christi Harrington, Associate Professor of Art at Mohawk Valley Community College. These interviews better informed the pubic of the context and content of three artists’ projects.
An exhibition guide accompanies the show.
“Restricted to a two-month time frame, the artists’ projects must be dismantled and always installed too briefly for all to enjoy,” noted Sydney Waller, Executive Director of Sculpture Space. “ We are eager to share this overview of a dozen artists ‘ varied projects, and drill in on the particulars of what they were able to research and accomplish while in residence in our resource-rich community—which we consider to be an artist’s Utopia.” The exhibit includes several panels with an overview of the richness that Utica provides to artists.
A portion of the traveling show will subsequently be installed in the new Sculpture Space residence at 508 Wiley Street.