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Opening September 5, 6-9 PM
September 5-October 19, 2014
VSW Gallery

Each year VSW supports ImageArt, the visual and literary arts component of ImageOut, the Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival by hosting an exhibition and literary readings. This year's exhibition is personalpronouns, addressing the role of gender and gender identity and challenging the traditional binary assumptions that have been creeping into American consciousness.


Nathan Lyons on white horse

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Project: African Americans/Civil Rights/Jesse Owens
Amanda Chestnut
September 1-14, 2014
Project Space

This in-progress project is examining classification and its many complexities. The name of the project is derived directly from an archive folder containing photographs of African Americans from across the country including athletes, performers, children, and attorneys et al depicted with accompanying news agency text.

Amanda Chestnut is an MFA student at Visual Studies Workshop in Association with the College at Brockport SUNY. She has a BA in Art History from SUNY Geneseo.

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Project: Another Twenty-Six Gasoline Stations
Gregory Jones
September 15-28, 2014
Project Space

Centered on his most recent book project, Another Twenty-Six Gas Stations, Jones is experimenting with a display in support of launching his book. This in-development exhibit will include prints and research materials gathered during the course of making the Another Twenty-Six Gasoline Stations as well as a selection of related titles from VSW's Independent Press Archive. This project will culminate in a book release party at the end of September.

Gregory Jones is the publisher of In the In-Between, an online journal of digital imaging arts. He is an MFA student at Visual Studies Workshop in association with the College at Brockport, SUNY.

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Project: our first year together
Christine Shank
September 29-October 19, 2014
Project Space

Shank's ever-evolving project, our first year together, consists of images that seem unrelated and intentionally enigmatic but are bound together by their treatment and tone. In developing this work, she has been pushing at the boundaries of what is thought of as a series of photographs: the subject matter, locations, materials, photographic techniques, or methodology will typically hold a photographic series together. But by using sequence as a strategy, the quiet and often very subtle connections between the images are what bind this work together.

Christine Shank is an artist working predominantly in photography. She has a BFA in photography from Miami University of Ohio and a MFA from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. She lives in Rochester, NY where she is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the MFA program in Imaging Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Project: Book of Corners
Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge
October 20-November 9, 2014
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Hovering between the finite border of the real and the fictional, theatrical and mundane, spontaneous and directed, Leblanc-Roberge's work confounds the viewer's expectations of realism by creating manipulated scenes where narratives are compressed, compromised or suspended. She uses trompe l'oeil and camouflage techniques, double-takes and shifting point of views as a method for destabilizing vision and making viewers conscious of their vision as an activity where the whole body is involved. The high-resolution images are crisp but nothing is clear. Leblanc-Roberge will be using the project space at VSW as a laboratory for a site-specific piece. She will also be presenting a new project tentatively titled Book of Corners.

Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge was born in a small coastal village in Québec, Canada and pursued her studies in Montreal, Hong Kong and Alfred, NY. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Rochester.

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Sukha/Dukkha (Comfort and Sorrow)
Tara Merenda Nelson
November 7-December 20
VSW Gallery

Using film, video and kinetic sculpture, VSW Artist-in-Residence Tara Merenda Nelson confronts personal trauma by creating an inventory of evidence that relies heavily on body-memory, transcendental guidance and ancient spiritual iconography.

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Movies from the Multiverse
Tara Merenda Nelson and Gordon Nelson
November 7, 8pm
VSW Auditorium

The Sukha/Dukkha exhibit will open with a live performance of film and sound on Super 8 and 16mm projectors in a collaborative event created by Tara Merenda Nelson and her husband, filmmaker Gordon Nelson.

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