PAUSE Exhibit Open for 3D Virtual Tours

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Union College Visual Arts Department presents online opening and artist talks for PAUSE Exhibit Wednesday, March 10th.

PAUSE…it’s what we’re all doing, now. An unanticipated and unwanted break, longer and deeper than any of us imagined. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Union College has had to postpone an entire year of planned exhibitions of work by both visiting artists and students in the Crowell and West Galleries at the college. The gallery had been empty. But, behind the scenes faculty and students all continued working in the studios. The Union College Visual Arts Department has decided to take advantage of the situation and put up a show of their recent work. Union College is thrilled to share the PAUSE exhibit online in a pretty snappy interactive format that is engaging and easy to use for viewers of all ages. This group show by the Department of Visual Arts faculty has no unifying theme, except the shared conviction that it’s vitally important to continue to create art even in these uneasy times. Union College will be hosting an online opening and artist talks on Wednesday, March 3rd from 5-6pm via ZOOM. The PAUSE exhibit will be available for online viewing until Thursday, April 1st.

To attend the online opening and artist talks visit: https://union.zoom.us/j/4455519890#success

To view the 3D virtual tour visit: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=Lzn6Ww9ZjM2

A Little about the Artists:

From Top Left to Bottom Right: Martin Benjamin, Abby Golodik, Laini Nemett, Frank Rapant, Sandy Wimer, and Fernando Orellana

Martin Benjamin’s candid street photographs are made spontaneously, usually without the subject knowing they were photographed. This series resulted from photographing daily, while living and traveling in Italy.

Abby Golodik’s work continues to explore space with line and volume. If placed carefully enough, line can create life and movement in rigid material. These new sculptures continue growing in different directions and push the boundaries of base and stability.

Laini Nemett’s paintings focus on the architecture of natural and built environments. Most recently, she has been exploring landforms of the American Southwest, formed through millions of years of erosion by wind and water. This current series includes large-scale canvases that suggest the epic nature of these canyons and cliff dwellings, as well as more intimate paintings of their inner walls.

Frank Rapant documents everyday intimate moments in his most recent photographic series. He shares that, “Together with my wife, living in such intense closeness with our three young children has been one of the best and most difficult times of our lives. Every day is a roller coaster of joy and patience. They try to educate one, entertain another, and pacify the third, all while working full time jobs from home.” Rapant’s photographs demonstrate his belief that we will come through this time stronger as individuals and as families. This work represents what he did photographically while social distancing during the 2020 lockdown: landscapes, still-lifes, and family pictures.

Sandy Wimer’s experience growing up and spending most of her life in the plain states provided an experience of living with a sky that is cinematic. She is charged emotionally and visually when looking at the sky. The majority of Wimer’s currently exhibited work comes from the Union College Permanent Collection. The tiny prints located at the entrance to the gallery are the exception. They are an example of her experimentation with a 3D printed miniature press. When she was forced to teach virtually last spring, she was met with the challenge of teaching printmaking online. These prints are the result of her efforts to meet that challenge.

Fernando Orellana’s artwork included in this exhibition mirror the collective uncertainty and anxiety of our present. Using a raw line, an open palette and unfiltered emotion, the works reflect the global paradigm shift, with all its folding complexity, elasticity and constant reconfiguration. He suggests that, “Tomorrow we will be tomorrow.”

And last but not least Chris Duncan, whose sculptures are low-tech, made of paper and cardboard, wood, various metals, plaster, Styrofoam…whatever works. They’re intended to encompass and evoke certain feelings, sensations, memories. His practice involves working and re-working materials and images. He often incorporates color, looking for a structure that’s visually satisfying, layered, and open to different meanings. The materiality of the sculpture and immediacy of the working process are important to him; so is a sense of surprise.

To Support these artists and view there work click on the link above to view the PAUSE exhibit, open until Thursday, April 1st.

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