Sunday, March 29, 2009

Water Theory: Stunning. Sensational. See it.

Sometimes words don't do experience justice.

That's the case with Water Theory, Park Professor Megan Roberts' new exhibition (with her collaborator of 31 years, Raymond Ghirardo) at the Handwerker Gallery.

Here's how the gallery describes it:

Water Theory is the overarching title for a series of new installations thematically related, using water as metaphor. This new work is the product of studies we conducted as artists in residence in Iceland, Everglades National Park, Yosemite National Park, Chesky Krumlov, Czech Republic and Beijing, China. Drawing from a variety of visual, sound and media elements, from both natural and man-made environments, the overall structure of the works incorporate video projection on walls, floor and three-dimensional objects. Rather than water, a metaphoric river of projected imagery is created as a play on ubiquitous media.

Additionally, the works exploit the possibilities of manipulated audio, matching exaggerated sounds with the slowly examined visual textures and incongruous landscape.

Megan Roberts, a composer and media artist and Raymond Ghirardo, a sculptor and media artist, have been collaborators in video, sound sculpture, installation and performance for the past 31 years.

Here's how I describe it: Amazing.

It's a crazy-busy time of year. Take 30 minutes, take a walk over to Handwerker, and take a deep breath.

It'll astonish you.

The show runs through April 5. The artists will present a talk on April 2 at 12:15 p.m., and there will be an artists' reception as part of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from 5 to 7 p.m. that afternoon.

Handwerker is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.


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