I have 11 paintings in a new exhibition, 'Memento', in the Concourse A Gallery at Albany International Airport. Part of the Albany Arts and Culture Program and curated by Kathy Greenwood, the show opened July 14 and will be on view through February 7, 2018.
It is beyond the security checkpoint, so to view, one must either book a flight, or request a badge and escort upon arrival by contacting the AACP office there at 518.242.2241.
About the show:
This exhibition features five artists whose work reflects a pictorial affection for unplugged play, relics of American identity, iconic childhood toys, and remnants of the pre-internet classroom. Some artifacts hold deeply personal memories, like Jacinta Bunnell’s archive of her family’s meticulously hand-gridded and inscribed game records that form the basis of her series 13. Others appeal to a more shared response, as surely Jennifer Maher Coleman’s iconic toy paintings trip many of us back to some youth-defining birthday or playtime from long ago. And what did we play with before the X-Box 360? Board games, often. In Cindy Hoose and Jacinta Bunnell’s collaboration, Your Turn, Dear, a collection of vintage game boards catalyzed an artistic exchange of productive co-conspiracy rather than gritty competition. Pivoting from play, Stevan Jennis’ paintings recall the essentials of classroom learning from a time before the World Wide Web: maps and charts, founding fathers, wooden rulers and film cameras. Erica Hauser’s precise, graphic renderings of retro signs, architectural fragments and dreamy mid-century cars cross archetypes of a certain American era with a flat geometry that ultimately keeps them in the palpable - but unattainable - past.
I just found this photograph (early 1940's) of my grandmother and my father as a little boy, perched on a car. Theirs? A relative's? I don't know. I never knew her; she died years before I was born, but I like her style. Then my friend pointed out this painting I had done 2 years ago, a self-portrait of me leaning against an uncannily similar antique car (based on a photograph taken of me w/the car at a farm market). I know it is random, but we were still a bit awed by the connection.