Students, faculty and staff from St. Lawrence have contributed works
to an exhibition that has been termed "democratic art activity." "Learning
To Love You More In The North Country" is at the Creative Spirit Arts
Center in Potsdam through April 24.
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Amy Hauber worked with students in
Sculpture I and II courses, and others, to put together the
experimental/collaborative show, which includes sculptural installation,
photography, video, electronic music and other forms of work.
Inspiration for the exhibition came from an international collaborative
project, "Learning to Love You More," an "ever-changing Web site and
series of non-Web exhibitions, screenings and radio broadcasts presented
all over the world. Presentations are comprised of work made by the general
public in response to assignments given by artists Miranda July and Harrell
Fletcher and various guests."
The artists further define "democratic art activity": "Democratic art as
freedom from the burden, impossibility and supremacy of 'original' thought,
market definitions of genius, value and salability. It is democracy as
collaboration and shared expression. The political authority in this work
is found in the collective, the average-ness and the everyday (though by
no means mundane). This experiment and the works that have resulted
de-centralize the individual ego and attempt to diminish the collective
anxiety and guilt that many Americans seem to feel during this difficult
period in our global history."
Those whose work is exhibited at the Creative Spirit Arts Center from
St. Lawrence are Nick Alena '07, Lyons, NY; Jenny Angell '05, Metamora, MI;
Thomas Black '06, Fort Covington, NY; Ryan Conroy '06, Bantam, CT; Ryan
Daniel '06, Bradford, NH; Seth Davis '06, Monkton, VT; Matthew Furney '05,
Shelburne, VT; Hauber; Laura Jenks '05, Woodstock, VT; Brendan Levine '06,
Brunswick, ME; Jeffrey Campbell Graduate Fellow in Music Tim Mangin;
Assistant Director of the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery Carole Mathey;
Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Studies Angus Mitchell; Assistant
Professor of Fine Arts Melissa Schulenberg; John Sharkey '05, Camillus,
NY; Blythe Stoecklein '05, Pittsburgh, PA; Adam Szymkowicz '05, Shoreham,
VT; Eliza Tobin '06, Tobin, VT; Kerry Walter '06, Bangor, NY; and Lee
Welch '06, Still River, MA.
For more about the international project, visit the
Love You More Web site.
For more about the Creative Spirit Arts Center,
visit their Web site.
Posted: March 31, 2005