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ArtBeat: Swan Song [Get Visual]

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Installation view of Staying Power - photos provided by Albany International Airport Gallery

Installation view of Staying Power – photos provided by Albany International Airport Gallery

By David Brickman

It’s entirely appropriate that the final exhibition organized and installed by outgoing Director Sharon Bates at the Albany International Airport Gallery expresses the value of its title, “Staying Power.” Bates has the same qualities as the 11 venerable artists she has assembled for this excellent, elegant show – and she will no doubt amply demonstrate that in the next chapter of her life, when she sets forth in retirement as a full-time artist.

Her swan song is a paean to perseverance, a celebration of agelessness, a fascinating collection of excellence and diversity. The artists presented here have but two things in common: They are all located in the greater Capital Region; and they all have been at it for quite some time. Oh, and they’re all darn good. Naturally, I have my favorites among them, but I am reluctant to sully the unified purpose of this show by picking and choosing.

Instead, here’s an overview:

One feature of the show (which will hang through Monday, January 2, 2017) is a series of video interviews with the artists that has been placed on monitors in several spots throughout the gallery, as well as in a larger projection room. It underscores the purpose of the show to not only display the work these artists have created, but also to plumb their minds and their motives, as they discuss matters within the lifelong pursuit of an artistic career.

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ArtBeat: “Folk Modern” @ Albany International Airport Gallery [Get Visual]

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Installation of found-object assemblages by Jack Metzger, 2006-2015 (photo: Arthur Evans)

Installation of found-object assemblages by Jack Metzger, 2006-2015 (photo: Arthur Evans)

Review by David Brickman

The creative process can be deceptively simple, but I find exposure to it is almost always uplifting. There’s a delight in seeing how a person, whatever their flaws, can draw from within themselves the strength, imagination, and skill to produce something new and wonderful to behold.

Folk Modern, the current exhibition at Albany International Airport Gallery (on view through Sunday, May 8), explores how eight regional makers (perhaps a better word in this case than “artists”) have delved into that creative impulse and, as such, is a celebration of it. Emblematic of the special qualities of this process is the work of Jack Metzger (pictured at the top of this post), a shop owner who seems to just really like to collect odd, old stuff and mess around with it. His installation in the show reveals a discerning eye, a sense of wit and a reverence for the integrity of a good, mysterious object. It’s also great fun.

The mounted text that introduces the show makes the point that “the wall between folk and fine art has been crumbling for some time, and inhabitants of both sides have been finding much common ground.” Indeed, one would honestly have to admit that, without peeking first at a resume, there’s no way to tell which of these people is on which side of that fading divide.

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ArtBeat: “Lit” @ Albany International Airport Gallery [Get Visual]

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Scott Nelson Foster, Real and Imaginary Houses 12 - oil on panel

Scott Nelson Foster, “Real and Imaginary Houses 12” – oil on panel

Review by David Brickman

The sky was performing spectacularly at the end of a stormy day, which provided the ideal preparation for Lit, a theme show about phenomena of light at Albany International Airport Gallery that runs through Sunday, September 13. As with all the shows presented at this generous venue, Lit is intelligent and friendly, and features outstanding artists from the greater Capital Region as both a showcase of regional talent and an oasis of uplifting culture for weary travelers.

But you don’t have to be traveling to enjoy these exhibitions – the gallery area is open to the public, parking is free for the first half-hour, and the hours (7am-11pm daily) make it the most accessible high-quality art space anywhere. I was drawn to this show particularly by the inclusion of a few of my favorite artists from around these parts, but also by the theme. After all, without light, we wouldn’t exist.

Lit features six artists and a collaborative: a spare number, yet enough to cover a lot of bases here, including sculpture, industrial design, two extremely different approaches to photography, drawing, painting and projection. The work in the show is approximately evenly divided between color and monochrome, with most of the color coming from the palettes of sculptor Victoria Palermo and painter Scott Nelson Foster.

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ArtBeat: LOL @ Albany Airport Gallery [Get Visual]

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
At left, Granny Panties for My Ex-Girlfriend by Benjamin Entner; at right Self Portrait by Spring Hofeldt

At left, Granny Panties for My Ex-Girlfriend by Benjamin Entner; at right Self Portrait by Spring Hofeldt

By David Brickman

In a way, the Albany International Airport Gallery is like an ongoing Whitney Biennial of the Capital Region. Curator Sharon Bates mounts just two shows a year, usually around a pithy theme, and she often populates these shows with work by artists she’s spotted at other venues around the area, in a sort of sifting and consolidation process.

The downside of this approach is that regular viewers of local galleries and museums will encounter things in these shows that they’ve already seen before, sometimes quite recently. But those are not the viewers the Airport Gallery targets; rather, Bates creates for an audience of travelers, many of whom are not from around here and will never venture beyond the terminal as they seek ways to kill time between flights.

And, in more than 10 years of honing that aim, Bates has adopted a formula that really works – even achieving national recognition for excellence in cultural programming at airports. So, it’s no surprise that the new show at the Airport Gallery, titled LOL, is fresh, funny and – yes – surprising, despite including some familiar work.

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