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Fosdick-Nelson Gallery hosts exhibition created by ‘Boundary Hunters’
10/19/12

The Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University will host a new exhibition titled “Boundary Hunters.” opening Friday, Oct. 26 and running through Saturday, Dec. 1. There will be a gallery talk with several of the artists, Rachael Wren and Matthew Farina, on Oct. 26 at noon, as well as an opening reception in the evening, from 7-9.

In addition to Wren and Farina, the gallery will feature artists Donnie Copeland, Amy Feldman, Julian Jackson, Karen Schifano, and Laurel Sucsy. These contemporary painters combine color, mark, shape, and edge to form unique spatial experiences.         

Copeland is assistant professor of visual arts at Ouachita Baptist University, Ankadelphia, AR. Throughout the past several years, he has placed a greater emphasis on the “stuff of which paintings are made.” He is “interested in what the paintings are rather than what they might be a picture of.” Copeland acknowledges the importance of what a viewer brings to the experience and his works are responses to environmental stimuli such as landscapes, music, and other art forms.

Brooklyn-based Farina received a four-year Studio Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania. Fusing imagined landscapes with geometry, Farina uses white space and swaths of highly saturated color to create pieces which brink on chaos but ultimately find resolution.

Also based in Brooklyn, Feldman earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master of fine arts degree in painting from Rutgers University. Her playful paintings often feature bold, abstract geometries, colorful lines, and solid arrangements and explore the nature of abstraction.

Jackson studied painting, printmaking, photography, and performance at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. His works have been featured in the United States, Germany, and Italy. Jackson’s paintings contain composed structures and colors spilling over their boundaries, reminiscent of shifting moods, and are often inspired by natural landscapes.

Schifano, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in art history from Swarthmore College and a master of fine arts degree in painting from Hunter College, draws inspiration from doors and hallways. She fuses the uncertainty associated with these portals with shadows, light, color, and perspective to evoke feelings of liberation, transition, and imagination.

New York-based artist Sucsy earned her bachelor of arts degree from Bowdoin College and her master of fine arts degree from Tyler School of Art. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies, including the Dean’s Award from the Tyler School of Art and the Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency.

Wren received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Washington. Her paintings are often inspired by moments when the air feels thick and tangible - such as when fog intertwines with tree branches, light pierces the clouds, and the sky darkens before a thunderstorm.

The Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University is open Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 p.m.; the gallery is closed during University holidays.