WILLIAM MAZZA – Forest for Trees

November 11, 2023 to January 13, 2024

Mining the Literary Landscape

William Mazza—a co-founder of Syracuse’s Altered Space gallery (1990-96) and currently an artist based in New York City—uses chance, duration, and accumulation to interpret landscape as the relationship of people to mediated environments. The most material expressions of his wide-ranging projects are drawings, paintings, animations, and video created by translating subjects such as lived environments, spatial relocations, television programs, or text into constructions of landscape.

While Mazza responds to his surroundings in many exploratory ways, in this, his Literary Landscape series exhibited with us, he mines the words from texts written by such authors as Angela Davis, Cecilia Vicuna, Anne Waldman, and Susan Sontag. He then separates them into the letters that fill one written page…and one painting.

SUSTAINING SPONSORS: Walter Putter & Marilyn Smith

Margrit Diehl, Diane Grafly & Paul Pearce, Andy Molloy & Debra Douthit, Lorraine Morganti, and Anita Welych

Annemarie Deegan, Edgewood Gallery, Chris Flynn, GEGENSATZ PRESS, Sam Gruber, Ruth Heller & Bennet Schaber, Joe Marusa & Beth Drew, Nancy & Bruce McCoy, Jeremy McKay, Sarah Stewart McIlvain, Lauren & Walter Melnikow, Diane Murphy, Shirley & Larry Novak, George Savage, Ellen Schwartz, Vince Sgambati, Sharye Skinner, Syracuse Antiques Exchange, Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane, Ron VanNorstrand, and Amy Zamkoff – In Memory of Rae Kramer

Bousquet Holstein PLLC, The Dorothy & Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, WRVO, Anonymous, Caroline Cargo, Therese A. Deegan, Donald Blair & Nancy Dock, Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash, Ann Jamison, Anthony Malavenda & Martine Burat, Rick Olanoff & Susan Wadley, Robert Sarason & Jane Burkhead, Mary Stanley, and Shaila Wood & Ramesh Gaonkar