Gallery Night virtual! Next: Friday, July 10th, 5pm to 8pm
Gallery Night Ithaca returns to downtown Ithaca virtually and will include a list of virtual 3-D downtown galleries, a walkable tour of window displays, along with entertainment and education from artists around the community online from 5-8 pm. Visit GalleryNightIthaca.com for all details about all events. (They should be updated by Thursday, July 7th)
The good news is that the exhbits and artist talks will live beyond the featured month. Scroll down to see previous virtual exhibits and Artist Talks.
July Featured Artists at the CAP ArtSpace
The Sculptures of Treacy Ziegler & Gary Weisman
"Share Vision-Separate Vision"
Treacy Ziegler and Gary Weisman are artists and a married couple living in Newfield New York for the past 22 years. This exhibition brings together their sculptures. With the shared vision and hope that sculpture can be the aesthetic manifestation of compassion and care, Ziegler creates sculptures of animal imagery, while Weisman uses the human form. Weisman creates his sculpture in bronze. Ziegler creates her sculptures of paper; cast from thousands of letters she receives from prisoners through the Prisoner Express project of the Center For Transformative Action, affiliated with Cornell University. It is her hope that the sculptures reflect the range of emotion evidenced in the letters; hope, regret, sadness, loneliness, and love.
Both Ziegler and Weisman are internationally known artists with galleries representing them in Canada and United States.
Ziegler is the recipient of two Puffin Foundation awards for art in social justice, the Constance Saltonstall grant, Community Art Partnership grants, New Hampshire Percent Grant for the Arts and other awards. She is the volunteer art director for the Prisoner Express and has taught art in prisons for the past 10 years. She has had several solo museum exhibitions including the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Cornell University, Ithaca; Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, California; Massillon Museum, Massillon, Ohio. Her solo exhibition at the Noyes Museum of Art in Atlantic City, New Jersey scheduled for April 2020 was postponed due to the pandemic. This exhibition is rescheduled for October, 2021. Ziegler is also participating in the MoMA PS1, Brooklyn, NY, exhibition on prison art scheduled originally for April 202. This MoMA exhibition was also postponed and has not yet been rescheduled. Ziegler will have a solo exhibition at the Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA, from September 2020 through August 2021.
Gary's Artist Statement: Everyone would probably agree: Art is not obligated to follow reason. In fact, some would assert that art gains authority when its source is not reason; when it "comes from the heart" or other clichés that assume an emotional, political, or illogical but provoking source for the art. This bronze sculpture asks that we experience art outside of reason and outside the cliché of emotions; that we not “outsource art” to reason and emotions but experience art as an origin. My sculptural attempts, from maquette to over life size human figures composed in a compassionate naturalistic approach, ask us to abandon our preconceptions of space and gravity. But, explanation is a pale shadow of the art experience.
The bronzes do not speak of containment, but of participation. The figure is in dialogue with the surrounding space and demands acknowledgement of that space as an ontological factor; not as container. The figure does not exist outside that participation and as Gadamer states, the conversation never ends. The bronzes are the origin of a particular art experience claiming ground only in the immediate phenomenological relationships of art to viewer to space
June Featured Artist at the CAP ArtSpace
Jessica Stratton, Resilience
Click here for her artist talk (It's great!)
Click here for Jessica's virtual exhibit
My work is rooted in the physical breakdown of the human body alongside the persistence of the human spirit. Investigating my own illnesses in a series of visual works led me to the realization that being repeatedly broken and put back together resulted in my tenacious character. Instead of being ashamed of my weaknesses, I began to take pride in them. Seeing how my life experiences shaped who I have become, I began to wonder: What makes us resilient? How do we embody trauma and move forward? My work is biographical but aims to honor how we collectively endure.