The Cazenovia College Art Gallery is hosting the Annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions for students in the Art and Design Program. Brett Nelson of Cortland, N.Y., will include a recent ink drawing on paper titled “Long Distance." Show dates are May 2 through 6, with an opening reception on May 3, from 1-4 p.m.
Of his current work Nelson wrote, “A system of iconic images runs throughout my work, not only as a method of stylistic connection, but as indicators of deeper, loosely connected narratives. This system is in a constant state of growth and change. What were once just shapes are now characters and representations of objects, grouped into categories, bound together by personalities and concepts. Color has now found its place as a method of identification.
|Detail from “Long Distance” by Brett Nelson, 2007. Media: ink drawing on paper.|
“The narratives are basic frameworks, giving only subtle hints of direction that the viewer is free to take or leave at their will. It is because of this open-endedness that the visual catalogue is so important. The presence of the visual catalogue allows for a number of reference points within each work. While there may be a hierarchy, there is never just one focal point. That which is hidden or not visible is decided by each viewer’s own interpretation.
“The elements of the visual catalogue are mined through personal exploration. Thoughts and ideas take on repeating forms, and it is when I come across these repeating forms, that the visual catalogue is first built and then expanded. While the visual catalogue develops, so to does the work, allowing both to feed off of each other and grow together.
“Because the icons of the visual catalogue are personal, but the stories are not, my work has become something of a shared experience between artist and viewer with both sides coming together to give life to this micro-world, different from our own.”
The Cazenovia College Art Gallery is on the corner of Sullivan and Seminary streets in Cazenovia. Shows and receptions are free and open to the public. Staffed by student monitors, the hours are: Monday through Thursday, 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; Friday, 1-4 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 2-6 p.m., during the fall and spring semesters. For information contact Jennifer Pepper, gallery director, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also on the Web at www.cazenovia.edu/art-gallery.