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Toward the Surface

Rachel Jerome Ferraro
February 6-28
Free and open to the public.
VSW Gallery


Toward the Surface: An exhibition combining light-based works with abstract photography, fueled by a steadfast fascination with the laws of nature.

Opens Friday, February 6th. Runs through Saturday, February 28th. Regular Gallery Hours Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm. Free and open to the public.

 

Nathan Lyons on white horse


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Why Do You Have to Make Everything About Race?

Amanda Chestnut
February 6-28
VSW Gallery


Why Do You Have to Make Everything About Race? is the MFA Thesis Exhibition of works by Amanda Chestnut. Archival photographs and stories combine with contemporary imagery and the artists' narrative to connect socio-political history with personal history. In many brief books, archival photography and ephemera combine with poetry and periodical text to convey the history, the emotion, and the lasting impact of historic events. The bookworks presented are representative of two years of work within the Soibelman Syndicate News Agency Archive.

Amanda Chestnut is a visual artist from Rochester, New York. A Master of Fine Arts candidate at Visual Studies Workshop, her work focuses on the representation of history, how information is preserved, and how the history of race and gender have come to impact modern narratives.

Opens Friday, February 6th. Runs through Saturday, February 28th. Regular Gallery Hours Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm. Free and open to the public.


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Glass Mountains Work-in-Progress
By Sean McFarland
February 20-March 7
VSW Project Space

There are several modes of viewing the landscape: in person directly, indirectly through books, magazines, maps and scientific documentation, and through the work of others. To McFarland, no one form of sight is more pure than another. In his work he is less interested in reproducing the pictures as seen by the early photographers of the American landscape than in the landscapes created through their images. The subsequent alterations of photographic representation, cultural shifts, and environmental impacts that have resulted from their pictures have forever affected our relationship to the earth and our relationship to image. Part theater part documentary, McFarland’s work seeks to examine photographic veracity, the materiality of photographs, and reveal how our perception of the earth is ever changing. In the VSW Project Space, McFarland will be building upon a body of work, Glass Mountains, which consists of installations and collections of photographs presenting nature as literal artifice.

Sean McFarland’s work explores the relationships between the history and processes of image making, veracity, and the representation of landscape. He earned his MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2004. He has exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum, White Columns, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has received the 2005 Phelan Art Award in Photography, 2009 Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer, 2009 John Guttmann Photography Fellowship, and a 2011 Eureka Fellowship. His work is the collections at SFMOMA, Milwaukee Art Museum, Oakland Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Library. Sean currently lives and works in Rochester, New York, where he is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
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Archiving the Avant Garde: A Visit from Mark Toscano
Mark Toscano
Sunday, March 1, 4pm
VSW Auditorium

For the past twelve years, film archivist and curator Mark Toscano has specialized in the conservation and preservation of experimental films, working in Los Angeles at the Academy Film Archive. In this visit, he will talk about the challenges of working on independent artists’ films, and present a short program of restored work by artists including Thom Andersen, Suzan Pitt, David Rimmer, Nina Menkes, and others. All films will be shown on original format: 16mm and digital. Free and open to the public.

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Artist Talk with Sean McFarland
Wednesday, March 4, 6pm
VSW Research Center

Join us for an artist talk with Sean McFarland about his body of work Glass Mountains. Free and open to the public.

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FIRST FRIDAY
Glass Mountains (Closing event)
By Sean McFarland
Friday, March 6, 6pm-11pm
VSW Project Space and Auditorium

McFarland's exhibition in the Project Space builds upon a body of work, Glass Mountains, which consists of installations and collections of photographs presenting nature as literal artifice. Doors open at 6pm.

At 8pm, Sean is raising the moon in VSW’s Auditorium space. Come enjoy a drink to this lunar phenomenon and experience the landscape this winter while staying warm indoors! There will be live music by VSW's own John Lake with special guests starting at 9pm. Free and open to the public.

 
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