The Purchase College School of Art+Design presents three visiting artist lectures in October. The lectures will be held in Room 1016 at of the Art+Design Building at 6:30 PM and are free and open to the public. Installation artist Jon Kessler will discuss his work on October 10. Abstract artist Wendy White will speak on October 17. And installation artist Elena Herzog will give a talk on October 24. For more information, call 914-251-6750.
Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.
Jon Kessler uses video, sound, light and mechanical components in his installations to create an unorthodox relationship between his audience and contemporary world events. His recent work has addressed the problematic roles of media and government in the Iraq war.
Wendy White makes abstract paintings in which seemingly simple gestures reveal a deceptively rich interplay of color and form. Her palette tends to the extreme; bright neon and white to jet black, suggesting irreconcilable conflicts in our visual space. This dissonance is even more explicit in her sculpture, which combines similarly jarring color, cast-off materials and crass cultural icons with classical and modernist formal sensibilities. She received her MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and has had solo shows in Atlanta, Chicago and New York.
Elana Herzog uses domestic textiles, such as carpets and bedspreads, to create site-specific sculpture and installations. Her recent work consists of ornamental fabric attached to the wall with hundreds of staples in swirling or grid-like arrangements; the fabric is torn, cut and unraveled, leaving alternately subtle and elaborate patterns in the remaining traces of cloth, staples and perforated sheetrock. As metaphor and as abstraction, this work defies simple associations, embodying both tenderness and violence; synthesis and deconstruction. She received her MFA from the State University of New York, Alfred, and has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries across North America.