Artist Talk & Opening Party for HOMELAND Thursday July 20, The Art Garage
Cooperstown, NY- The Art Garage opens its second show of the season, HOMELAND, Thursday July 20, with an artist's talk at 4PM and the opening party, 5-7PM, at 689 Beaver Meadow Road, a mile from downtown Cooperstown. The three-person painting show features Ashley Norwood Cooper's Deployment series, back-home family scenes that feature an iPad in most, and her husband's image, as the family communicated with him almost daily while he served in Afghanistan; Peter Edlund's Forgotten New York series, lyrical all-blue paintings based on the meaning inherent in Native American place names such as Schoharie and Tioga and Oneonta, meanings now often forgotten; and Tracy Helgeson's rural homeland landscapes, that suggest a human presence through rural architecture, though devoid of humans.
HOMELAND explores various facets of our cultural landscape today and follows Pushing Boundaries, the first show of the season. The exhibition will be on view at The Art Garage through September 4.
Peter Edlund, Brooklyn, NY will talk about his work Thursday July 20 at 4PM. He has spent four years studying the Native American names frequently used in New York State. He will also stencil the floor of the Middle Bay gallery with some of these iconic names such as Onondaga and Schenectady. He developed the stencils during a six-month residency in Syracuse NY, where he explored etymology and stenciled city sidewalks with Native American placenames, with a Near Westside Initiative grant. Edlund is a midcareer artist whose works have been shown in museums including the University Art Museum, Charlottesville, Virginia, the Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; and in many galleries such as Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle WA and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, NY. His numerous awards include several residencies at the MacDowell Colony and a Pollock-Krasner grant.
Ashley Norwood Cooper and Tracy Helgeson will discuss their work in a Panel Discussion Thursday August 3 at 5PM, moderated by Robert Seward. Both artists live in the Cooperstown region.
Cooper earned her MFA at Indiana University and teaches at SUNY Oneonta. Known for her lively, colorful often-idiosyncratic canvasses, she shows her work nationally. Michelle Grabner, curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial and a juror of the 2015 Silvermine Art Center's esteemed Annual Art of the Northeast show, noted that Cooper's work is very strong, with "the confidence of the paint, the speed at which it is painted and ..its heightened sense of color. . " Cooper developed her distinct Deployment series while her husband served in Afghanistan for nine months. They communicated daily and even played word games to stay connected. "...I started to realize that this electronic correspondence really was my experience of [his] deployment. ...I began to think that the iPad was to painting kind of like this long distance relationship was to having my husband with me in flesh and blood." Ms Cooper will further discuss her experience at an Artist's Talk at The Art Garage on Thursday August 17 at 5PM.
Tracy Helgeson's work is currently on display in a one-person exhibition at Fenimore Art Museum. Born in Rochester, Minnesota, she moved to upstate New York in 2003 where she is "greatly inspired by the landscape, as well as the barns, structures, roads and farm scenes that surround my home.... I often paint the same scenes over and over, deriving great comfort from portraying what is familiar as well as noting the small changes that occur over time in my environment." She attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts). Philadelphia was a great influence on Tracy, and it was there that she learned the under painting skills and glazing techniques that distinguish her current work. She consistently earns top recognition at the Fenimore Art Museum's "Art on the Lake" annual event and exhibits her work in galleries throughout the Northeast, and as far away as Georgia and Texas. Helgeson will participate in an Artists' Panel on August 3 at 5PM.
The Art Garage located at 689 Beaver Meadow Road is open Saturdays 10AM-1PM and daily by appointment—call 607-547-5327 or text 315-941-9607. Admission is free.