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VSW Auction   Light Sensitive
November 7-December 20, 2014
Tara Merenda Nelson
VSW Gallery

Tara Merenda Nelson will display a selection of light-based "cinema sculptures", devised and constructed as instruments for visual research. This multi-media exhibit explores the relationship between projected light and the human perceptual mechanism by expanding and engaging with multiple layers of cinematic projection devices.This show is time-based, and will be on display for limited periods of time during the engagement.
 

Nathan Lyons on white horse


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VSW Auction   Book of Corners
Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge
November 12-December 19, 2014
Project Space

Wall + Paper
After having carefully read hundreds of online profiles of prisoners looking for pen pals, Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge has started to correspond with men and women in prisons across US for a new project titled Wall+Paper. She is asking them to describe the spaces in which they live and those they are longing for and dreaming about. Evelyne then sends back to her collaborators printed images inspired by their letters and their descriptions of spaces. These exchanges on paper, slowed by the anachronistic pace of the US postal service, will be the base materials for a book and a series of installations, videos and photographs mapping an imaginary institutional space and exploring themes of displacement and memory, and the complex layers and mechanisms embedded within. Through this project, Evelyne is interested in the translation or transcription of handwritten information into photographic images. She aspires to portray two specific, but simultaneously intricate, settings: spaces that one cannot physically leave, and spaces that one cannot physically access. Evelyne is using the Project Space at VSW as a mind map and playground to assemble, reassemble, experiment with the letters she has recently received. The exhibition space and its various elements–walls, window, doorframes, and floor–are also considered as raw material for her endeavor.
   

Wall + Paper
Conversation with Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge, Peter Christensen, and Joshua Dubler.
December 15
Project Space and Research Center

Wall + Paper
After having carefully read hundreds of online profiles of prisoners looking for pen pals, Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge has started to correspond with men and women in prisons across US for a new project titled Wall+Paper. She is asking them to describe the spaces in which they live and those they are longing for and dreaming about. Evelyne then sends back to her collaborators printed images inspired by their letters and their descriptions of spaces. These exchanges on paper, slowed by the anachronistic pace of the US postal service, will be the base materials for a book and a series of installations, videos and photographs mapping an imaginary institutional space and exploring themes of displacement and memory, and the complex layers and mechanisms embedded within. Through this project, Evelyne is interested in the translation or transcription of handwritten information into photographic images. She aspires to portray two specific, but simultaneously intricate, settings: spaces that one cannot physically leave, and spaces that one cannot physically access. Evelyne is using the Project Space at VSW as a mind map and playground to assemble, reassemble, experiment with the letters she has recently received. The exhibition space and its various elements–walls, window, doorframes, and floor–are also considered as raw material for her endeavor.

The public conversations on December 15 with Peter Christensen and Joshua Dubler will act as a work-in-progress critique; a talk about prisons, collaborations, poetics and politics of space and time. Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge received her MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from the School of Art And Design at Alfred University, Alfred, NY. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Rochester. Her art practice focuses on the relationship between people and the ways they occupy space. Using lens-based media as a means of reflecting upon and reinterpreting everyday frames, she digitally ‘deconstruct’ domestic and institutional spaces and the frames within—doors, windows and walls. The spaces themselves become her medium and framing device for site-specific installations where she incorporates trompe l’oeil and camouflage techniques. She confounds the viewer’s expectations by creating manipulated scenes composed of still and moving imagery, in which narratives are compressed, compromised or suspended. Her work has been exhibited and published in Austria, Canada, China, England, Ireland, Spain and USA.

Peter Christensen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester. His teaching and research focus is modern architectural and environmental history, particularly of Germany, Central Europe and the Middle East, with a focus on their transactional contexts. His theoretical interests center on the intellectual origins and manifestations of geopolitical and multiculturalist thought since the nineteenth century. He explores critical applications of the digital humanities in his research and teaching. His current book project examines the cultural aspects of the German construction of the Ottoman railway network, spanning 1868 to 1919.

Joshua Dubler is author of Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison, published last year by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He teaches Religion at the University of Rochester. In spite of everything, he remains optimistic.

 
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