Sept. 12 – Oct. 13
Opening Reception on Thursday, Sept. 12, 5:30-7 p.m.;
Artists’ Talk on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Skidmore faculty artists will explore themes such as time and space, the history of women’s justice and the body, with mediums ranging from metal and wood to ceramics, at The Schick Art Gallery’s annual Selected Art Faculty Exhibition beginning Sept. 12 at Skidmore College.
The 2019 exhibit features lithographs, jewelry, screen prints and other works by Lindsay Buchman, Kate Leavitt, David Peterson and Matt Wilt. The four will also participate in a gallery talk from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the gallery. The event is free and open to the public.
Lindsay Buchman’s thought-provoking work combines printmaking, photography, artist books and installation to disrupt our concrete sense of time and space. Buchman received her Master of Fine Arts in interdisciplinary art from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 and teaches Digital Media at Skidmore. She has had solo exhibitions at the Brodsky Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and at the Irvine Fine Arts Center in Irvine, California. Group exhibitions include the “Every Woman Biennial” at La MaMa Galleria in New York City and “Second Nature: The Poetics of Re-presentation” at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia.
Skidmore printmaking professor Kate Leavitt creates work that exudes meticulous care and evocative associations. The imagery reveals her interest in ornate historical items such as lace gloves, cigarette lighters and vinaigrettes, which are decorative boxes that were used by Victorian women to carry smelling salts. For Leavitt, these items are associated with “the very recent (150-year) history of women’s justice, and the recent threats to advances in human rights”
Leavitt has shown her work throughout the United States and abroad, most recently in “Printer’s Printing” at the Robert Blackburn 20/20 Gallery in New York. Her work has been reproduced in numerous publications, including “Printmaking in the Sun” by Dan Welden and Pauline Muir, and it is held in many public and private collections, among them the Albany Institute of History and Art in Albany, New York, and the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Metal and wood are the primary materials used in David Peterson’s recent works, which he says “has drawn me back to basics: hammer on metal, chisel on wood. Like a tightrope walker without a net, I have found this leaves very little margin for error.” Known for the craftsmanship and elegance of his work, Peterson has exhibited at numerous institutions and venues, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the SOFA (Sculpture and Functional Object) exhibition in Chicago, Illinois. His work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the American Craft Museum. Recent commissions include the creation of a pectoral cross for the archbishop of Alaska and the reconstruction of cabinetry hardware for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin house in Buffalo, New York.
Ceramics professor Matt Wilt combines a wide range of materials to create humorous and slightly unnerving work that addresses the subject of “the body and its uneasy union with the artificial or mechanical.” Wilt’s work has been included in numerous publications, including Trent Berning’s “A Ceramic Guide: The Art of Creating and Teaching Wheel-Thrown Ceramics” and Vince Pitelka’s “Clay: A Studio Handbook.” Recent exhibitions include a solo show titled “Simple Machines” at the Thompson Art Gallery in Greenville, South Carolina, and “Hand/Eye” at the Brentwood Arts Exchange in Brentwood, Maryland.
A Washington Post review of the Brentwood show refers to Wilt as a “ceramic alchemist who can make formed, fired clay look like metal, rubber or plastic — or appear as ancient as the pre-Columbian Peruvian pottery that’s among his influences.”
The Schick Art Gallery offers students, the Skidmore community and the public an opportunity to view contemporary exhibitions that complement the studio art curriculum. The gallery is located inside the Saisselin Art Building on the Skidmore College campus.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please visit the gallery website or call 518-580-5049.