Get Visual: Ken Ragsdale at LGAP and Upstate Invitational at Laffer Gallery
Two shows worth a look are going to end soon – maybe you can find a way to squeeze them in around the holiday crush.
Ken Ragsdale: Memory as Process Revisited, at the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery through Dec. 6, is a mini-retrospective of one of the Capital Region’s best-liked artists. Ragsdale is popular for several reasons, but that doesn’t mean his work isn’t challenging.
This collection of about 20 pieces includes a few earlier works, among them a charming tiny drawing from 1984, but the core of the show is a strong series of more recent, large framed photographs made in Ragsdale’s signature style, in which he creates elaborate sets in white paper, then bathes them in washes of colored light before recording them with a camera. Ragsdale is drawing from visual memories of his childhood in the rural Northwest to create strikingly concrete (yet dreamlike) scenes of subtle, slow destruction.
This show is a great opportunity to get a sense of Ragsdale’s process while enjoying a larger group of his work than has been exhibited in the area in quite some time.