Works by some of the artists who took part in the New York Foundation for the Arts MARK program in 2011 are currently being showcased in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at Rockefeller Arts Center on the SUNY Fredonia campus through April 3.
Jan Nagle, a photographer whose work has been exhibited nationally, talked briefly about selected photos from her series "Vaulted" that are on display at SUNY Fredonia.
"It's a really sad series. It starts in a dark place but ends positive," Nagle said of her images, which feature various paths and roads under intense lighting. "The series is like a redemption."
Phil Hastings, an assistant professor of Visual Arts and New Media at SUNY Fredonia, has two unique video pieces in the exhibition. He spoke about how he transformed raw footage of waves on Lake Erie into entertaining designs resembling the insides of the human body.
"I just started doodling. I took footage of the lake and just kept adding layers upon layers." Hastings said, while pointing to a video of what appeared to be a set of breathing lungs.
He explained his motivation is the human condition, meditation and our relationship to the lake.
A total of 21 artists have works on display as part of "MARK 11/2012," which opened March 2.
MARK is an NYFA program specifically designed to support artists based in New York State outside of the five boroughs of New York City. The program focuses on the professional and business side of the creative practice, giving artists the tools they need to expand their audience and increase professional opportunities.
According to Felicity Hogan of the NYFA, the "MARK" program name is not an acronym. It came from the concept of helping artists "make their mark" by providing access to resources and tools to help promote and improve their career prospects.
Gallery hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 2 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public.