Elemental / by Yvonne Buchanan

Elemental: The 64th Exhibition of Central New York Artists

On View February 27 through May 2

UTICA, NY… Elemental: The 64th Exhibition of Central New York Artists at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute showcases eight regional artists whose work is of or about earth, fire, water, and air—forces of nature that shape matter and spirit. Within these guiding parameters the exhibition presents diversity of form, media, and meaning. Included are works on paper, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, installations, and video. The artists may use natural phenomena allegorically; they may offer cautionary warnings about ecological devastation; or examine humankind’s interface with nature, in concept or in practice.

Elemental honors two PrattMWP artist-faculty, Lisa Gregg Wightman and Bryan McGrath, as they near retirement. Lisa's collages incorporate found materials such as stone and invite meditation towards a transcendent experience. Bryan is a ceramist whose material is earth itself, touched by water and forged by fire. Elemental presents their work within the context of Central New York peers, with whom they have contributed to the artistic community of this region. The other participating artists are Richard Barlow, Oneonta; Yvonne Buchanan, Syracuse; Chris Irick, Utica; Rob Licht, Brooktondale; Dorene Quinn, Syracuse; and Leigh Yardley, Hubbardsville.