ArtRage: The Norton Putter Gallery

505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse, NY


IMPRESSIONS: South Sudan – The Photographs of Michelle Gabel and Bruce Strong

June 6, 2015toJuly 18, 2015

Copyright Michelle Gabel

OPENING RECEPTION ~ Saturday, June 6th from 7-9pm

Copyright Bruce Strong

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Dr. Weeks 4th Grade Weaving Project

June 7, 2015toJuly 19, 2015

The exhibited weavings were created by students at Dr. Weeks Elementary School as part of the ‘Creative Literacies’ enrichment program. The ‘Creative Literacies’ program is designed to augment the differentiated learning implemented in the classroom. Employing visual art, performance, creative writing, science, math and digital media, Dr. Week’s students experience daily opportunities to think creatively and create projects alongside qualified educators and teaching artists. The program is designed to apply ideas from the SCSD Common Core Curriculum to project based learning experiences and real-world problem solving.

4th Grade Student’s created the weavings shown here during the ‘Woman in History’ unit that was facilitated during March. Students were required to create a table setting for a woman who was important in their life. Each student created a placemat, a dinner plate, a cup and a name card for each chosen woman. The table settings were displayed on long wooden display shelving for a school wide celebration of arts based learning. Students, parents and teachers enjoyed hands on experiential activities as well as visual arts projects that connected to classroom-based learning.

GLOBAL CITIZEN: Graphic Art of Marlena Buczek Smith

September 12, 2015toOctober 24, 2015

“As long as we are, we can use our images, text and other tools to build Campaigns of Awareness in defense of human rights and the environment. The voice of the image becomes the open passage for the viewer, only if the viewer is willing to engage in observing the image further, rather than by passing blindly through the doorway.”  - Marlena Buczek Smith

As a medium for social change, posters record our struggles for peace, social justice, environmental defense, and liberation from oppression. From the confrontational and political, to the promotional, persuasive and educational, the poster in all its forms has persisted as a vehicle for the public dissemination of ideas, information, and opinion. The stunning Giclée prints included in this exhibition span a range of political, humanitarian and environmental issues.

Buczek Smith is a New Jersey-based artist originally from Poland. She has exhibited her insightful and passionate posters in North America, Asia and Europe, and her work has appeared in publications such as Graphis and Print.

© Marlena Buczek Smith

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BORDERLINES: The Art of Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

November 14, 2015toJanuary 16, 2016

This solo exhibition is, in part, the result of Consuelo Underwood creating a site-specific mixed media installation on an ArtRage gallery wall. It will also include a selection of her fiber and woven art from the past thirty years. Underwood says her work “is a reflection of personal border experiences: the interconnectedness of societies, insisting on beauty in struggle, and celebrating the notion of ‘seeing’ this world through my tri-cultural lens. I think we, as a nation, should be taking care of the land and its flowers. The ‘borders’ are taking a toll on the flora and fauna of America. The ecological balance has been altered and the ‘border’ is creating a desert wasteland that will cross the entire North American continent.”

A fiber artist and weaver, Underwood is the daughter of a Chicana mother and a father of Huichol Indian descent, both migrant agricultural workers.

© Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, At University Art Gallery, CSU Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA

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BLACKOUT: Through the Veiled Eyes of Others

February 6, 2016toMarch 19, 2016

Racist Memorabilia from the Collection of William Berry, Jr.

Berry’s collection highlights how ordinary household artifacts have distorted how generations of Americans view people of African descent as somehow less than human. Mainstream media may refer to a post-racial 21st century America, but stereotypes and distortions of Black people persist nonetheless. This exhibition invites viewers to confront how everyday objects support and perpetuate racism.

“I remember at a certain point in time there was an argument that Black people should seek to have this stuff destroyed,” says Berry. “My position was that you always want to remember what happens when you allow someone to define who you are.”

A retired higher education administrator, Berry currently publishes the online literary journal, aaduna. He has researched and reflected on the variations of racial thinking since the 1960s, and started to collect “differing” images of Black identity in the early 1970s.

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PEOPLE WHO CAME TO MY HOUSE: Portraits by Syracuse Area Photographers

April 9, 2016toMay 21, 2016

© 2006-07 Ben Altman

Photographers usually venture out into the world to find their subjects. This time, a group of Syracuse area photographers allowed the world to come to them. Their portraits of service providers, delivery people, and sales people, along with brief biographical details, peer inside the intricate connections and communities of the Syracuse area.

Curated by Ben Altman and Syracuse photographer Bob Gates, the project challenges us to think about the many ways in which we depend on one another for the necessities and comforts of our daily lives. It also creates a portrait of the home life of each photographer.

© 2015 Marilu Lopez Fretts

Altman and Gates have based their exhibition on work that Altman, who now lives in the Ithaca area, began in Chicago nearly ten years ago. The economic, class, and ethnic questions that his work raises inspired us to do this in our own community.

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IN POOR TASTE: The Genetically Modified Foods Kitchen

June 4, 2016toJuly 16, 2016

© Christine Chin

Created by Christine Chin, The Genetically Modified Foods Kitchen explores the controversial technology that allows us to transfer genes between species. Part human and part vegetable, Chin’s Vegetable Human Hybrids make visible the usually invisible process of genetic modification.  In the familiar context of a cookbook and a cooking show, these creations bring concerns about the ethics and politics of biotechnology into the domestic space. Playing with both humor and the grotesque, Chin’s photographs encourage people to consider how technology affects our society and our dinner plates.

Christine Chin is an artist whose work makes ironic commentary on contemporary issues of technology and the environment. She has addressed artificial intelligence, healthcare and alternative energy. She has exhibited at the New York Hall of Science, Art Basel Miami, and Canon Communication Space, Beijing. She has an MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico and teaches in the Department of Art and Architecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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