Cristina Cordova: Jungla
Opening Reception: February 2, 2018, 6 - 9 p.m.
February 02 - July 29, 2018
Also Opening February 2, 2018
Mysteries of Place : Selected Prints from the Institute for Electronic Arts
New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
Featuring Elisabeth Pellathy, Lee Somers, and Scott Stephens
The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum is very pleased announce a collaboration with the Institute for Electronic Media, School of Art and Design, Alfred University, which has resulted in the magnificent exhibition Mysteries of Place: The Cahaba River Project, prints by Elisabeth Pellathy, Lee Somers and Scott Stephens. This collaboration lies at the core of the Museum’s exhibition policy, which acknowledges works in all media.
Mysteries of Place is an exhibition of large prints curated from the results of a week-long collaborative residency in 2017 at the Institute for Electronic Arts (New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University). Elisabeth Pellathy, Lee Somers and Scott Stephens, came together on a project centered around Alabama’s Cahaba River, a free-flowing river that connects Birmingham to Montevallo and contains some of the greatest biodiversity and historic significance in the South. Each artist pursued individual interests with the Cahaba and then worked together in combining images through printing. The primary themes of interest in the Cahaba River centered around the natural environment, the human history that stretched from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement and beyond, and its ecological and geological features that fed local economies, such as coal, limestone, and iron ore that were key components to the foundation of the iron industry in the area. Throughout their residency Scott, Lee, and Elisabeth collaborated on laser etched acrylic plates which were used for both relief and intaglio printing. Each produced images from their own research on the Cahaba River and layered their images on top of each other to produce a series of prints. Each print contains multiple layers of the history and environmental features of the watershed and the hand of each artist, with photographic, CAD generated, and images from 3D models contributing to each piece. The prints feature images derived from drawing, photography, 3D scanning of natural objects, and 3D modeling from original maps and diagrams.