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Reel Real, Opening at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Questions Our Perceptions of Reality
1/17/17

Patrick Gantert's Untitled, 2012, on display Jan. 27 at Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

Patrick Gantert's Untitled, 2012, on display Jan. 27 at Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University is pleased to announce Reel Real, a contemporary tromp l’oeil exhibition featuring the works of Patrick Gantert, Shannon Goff, Dominic Terlizzi, Tip Toland, and Marc Zajack. The show opens January 27 with a reception from 7-9pm and will run through February 27, 2017.

The show is curated by Chase Folsom, who notes: “Truth is the foundation of our life and currently in question surrounding the politics that control our lives; for some, they run from it, and for others they seek to find it. Each work of art in this exhibition triggers our perception of belief and asks you to come closer, investigate, and truly look at what is in front of you, to ponder its conception and think about the time and energy devoted to capturing realness. In that experience, we understand each other -- the viewer and the artist – and we reach a kind of empathy where both parties engage in attempting to see the same thing.

Patrick Gantert describes his colored pencil and graphite drawings as “born out of distrust in the symbols and rhetoric that govern and direct us.” Using repetitive imagery made of blue tape, wire, and string, his work describes a perpetually ephemeral moment. He received his BFA in Sculpture from University of Wisconsin-Stout and his MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He currently lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A monumental sculpture made entirely out of cardboard by Shannon Goff, titled Miles To Empty, is a visual critique of the decline in human industry. The life-size 1979 Mark V Lincoln Continental is a tribute to the human hand and workmanship in Detroit.

“Best built for the highway, the Mark V’s smooth ride conjured up the sensation of floating on a cloud,” remembers Goff, having ridden in her grandfather’s as a child.

Goff received her BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking from University of Michigan and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Penn State University.

Dominic Terlizzi’s tantalizing paintings dazzle with colored, acrylic mosaics arranged on canvas. His deconstructed molds of crackers, bread, and cookies speak to a shared experience of pleasure.

“The work answers to the problems of egocentric autographic mark driven painting,” Terlizzi says. “My work is about ‘us' as much as it is about ‘me.”

Terlizzi received his BFA from Copper Union and his MFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art. He currently teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art and is the founder of St. Charles Projects, an independent art gallery in Baltimore, Md.

Tip Toland’s provocative, gold figure, titled Avadhut, unapologetically reveals the gluttonous and equally, the unabashed feeling of true self. The Sanskrit title references a saint from Indian religions that is beyond ego-consciousness and most commonly found naked.

Toland is nationally and internationally recognized for her figurative ceramic work. Tip received her BFA in Ceramics at University of Colorado Boulder and her MFA in Ceramics from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. She lives and works in Tacoma, Wa.

Buzzing throughout the exhibition are kinetic sculptures by Marc Zajack. The sculptures, all numbered and titled IED (Improvised Explosive Device), are made out of familiar, discarded objects from everyday life. While they are completely harmless, they pose questions about our lived reality. His work, at times, mocks our chuckle to reveal a very deep, underlying, violent threat of war looming in societies today.

Zajack received his BFA in Printmaking and Sculpture from Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He lives and works in Philadelphia, Pa.

Reel Real will be on view at Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University, 2 Pine Street, Alfred, NY from Jan. 27 through Feb. 22, 2017. The opening is scheduled from 7pm – 9pm, January 27. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 11am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 1pm – 3pm. A Gallery Talk with the curator, Chase Folsom, will take place Tuesday, Feb. 14 at noon.