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Layer Mask exhibition opens Sept. 13 at Alfred University’s Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

Alfred University | 9/04/19

Layer Mask, an exhibition featuring new work from United States-based artists that includes painting, photography, sculpture and video, opens Friday, Sept. 13, at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery on the Alfred University campus.


ALFRED, NY – Layer Mask, an exhibition featuring new work from United States-based artists that includes painting, photography, sculpture and video, opens Friday, Sept. 13, at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery on the Alfred University campus.

An opening reception for Layer Mask will be held at the gallery Sept. 13 from 6-8 p.m.; the exhibition will remain on view through Oct. 18.

Lydia McCarthy, associate professor of photography in Alfred University's School of Art and Design, proposed the exhibition. “Masks are used to obscure, protect and disguise. They hide and deceive: decorative, playful, repulsive, terrifying. In layering and masking, there is freedom and control, enabling manipulation. Throughout our lives we build, modify and reinforce masks we wear – culturally created masks that keep us from connecting with the complicated, multifaceted moment that we are in. They reduce our inner life to a honed and limited exterior,” McCarthy said her exhibition statement. 

“The works in Layer Mask exist in paradox, masking and layering material to reveal a tactile, messy, colorful, at times disturbing, reality. These artists re-complicate and force confrontation with the present moment, undermining notions of what is acceptable. The surface reveals hidden layers, remnants of what lies beneath, truths to be discovered with effort and time.”

Artwork by the following is included in Layer Mask: Ellen Bahr, Amy Brener, Melissa Brown, Whitney Hubbs, David Kennedy-Cutler, Tatiana Kronberg, Michael Mahalchick, Lydia McCarthy, Linda Sormin, and Ryan Wallace.

Fosdick-Nelson Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Image above: David Kennedy-Cutler, Climbing Out (IV), 2019, Inkjet transfer, acrylic and Permalac on canvas, 47” x 28” x 3”