ArtRage: The Norton Putter Gallery

505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse, NY

TONY: 2012 (The Other New York)

September 8, 2012toOctober 27, 2012

The Everson Community Biennial at ArtRage

GALLERY HOURS: W, Th, F 2-7pm & Sat. 12-4pm

The Everson Biennial, titled THE OTHER NEW YORK:2012, is being exhibited in community art galleries across Syracuse this year. ArtRage is honored to participate by exhibiting the work of four artists chosen in collaboration with the Everson Museum.

© Neil Chowdhury

“Every artist seems to me to have the job of bearing witness to the world we live in.” – Jane Rule, Canadian author
“The artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history.” – Robert Rauschenberg

Self Portrait: Mock Shock © Ben Altman

Ben Altman, Neil Chowdhury, Bob Gates and Paul Pearce, the four photographers whose works comprise the exhibit we call The Fearless Eye, present work that, while distinctive, shares a key characteristic. All are documentary photographers who are a bit wary of being seen as truth tellers. Fully understanding that the “objective photograph” is a myth, their photographic work – both in the process of its creation and the images presented – casts into doubt our traditional notions of documentation, objectivity and veracity. Nonetheless, each photographer is visualizing a certain truth, which may be one we do not know – or one that we prefer to avoid knowing.

Veterans © Bob Gates

Participating in the artist’s unflinching gaze, we become complicit witnesses to situations – torture, poverty, social class, and the effects of war – often conveniently rendered invisible.

Heir Wars © Paul Pearce

Thank you to our exhibition sponsors:  Sari & Doug Biklen, Dik Cool,
Annemarie Deegan, Diane Grafly, John Haritatos, Deborah Holler,
the Holtz Family Fund, Walter Putter & Marilyn Smith
and Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane.
Special Thanks to our season sponsor Ruth Putter.

TONY: 2012 is organized by the Everson Museum of Art in collaboration with ArtRage—The Norton Putter Gallery, Community Folk Art Center, Erie Canal Museum, Light Work, Onondaga Historical Association, PuntodeContacto/Point of Contact, Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, SUArt Galleries, Urban Video Project, The Warehouse Gallery, City of Syracuse and XL Projects. Major funding is provided by The Central New York Community Foundation through the John F. Marsellus Fund. Additional funding provided by Carrier Corporation.

This exhibition is also supported in part with funds from the Strategic Opportunity Stipends Program through New York Foundation for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties by The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

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