Opening reception for SUNY Potsdam Gibson Gallery dual exhibit Sept. 16
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 12:14 pm

POTSDAM – SUNY Potsdam’s Roland Gibson Gallery will soon showcase the work of two intriguing artists displaying their works in concurrent exhibits.

The College’s art museum will host “Continuation,” an exhibit by Dave Beck, and “Closer to the Bone,” an exhibit by Jonathan Soard, from Sept. 16 to Oct. 16.

The professional show will kick off with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16 in the gallery.

Beck, the director of the Digital Arts and Sciences Program at Clarkson University, Potsdam, and the creator of “Continuation,” will attend and refreshments will be served. Beck will also give a public lecture about his art and the process behind creating his work at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29 in the Gibson Gallery.

Utilizing sculpture, video and 3D animation, “Continuation” was inspired by an artist residency Beck undertook at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s St. Croix Watershed Research Station this past summer. The works reference the historical relationship between humans and the river, with a particular focus on the logging industry.

Soard, the artist behind “Closer to the Bone,” is a trained printmaker who translated that passion into the field of digital art. However, his exhibit will showcase the artist’s mastery of drawing, and will reveal his fascination with the juxtaposition of attractive and ugly subjects, according to Gibson Gallery Director April Vasher-Dean.

Just as Soard’s works draw the viewer in with the beauty of their depiction, they also shock with unexpected subjects, like mad dogs, sides of meat, fetuses, cut vegetables and muscular animals, said Vasher-Dean, who has followed the artist’s work for 10 years.

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