|Installation view of Staying Power - photos provided by Albany International Airport Gallery|
|Barbara Takenaga - Tadanori Meets Hiroshige|
acrylic on linen 2013
Instead, here's an overview:
|Margo Mensing - J. Robert Oppenheimer|
cut security envelopes on paper 2005
Before entering the gallery proper, one can stop to watch a few minutes of several of these artists telling about their first memories of making art, a great way to prepare for the exhibition's thematic feel. Elsewhere they discuss success, failure, fame, etc. It's not necessary to hear the commentary to understand what's on view, but it adds depth to the experience.
|Susan Spencer Crowe - Sweeet, cardboard, encaustic, 2015-2016|
|Paul Katz, 10 sculptures from
the Prelude series and a painting|
gesso, oil, sand on found objects and canvas, 2010-2016
Examples: Jeanne Flanagan shows a series of drawings that delve into identity as represented by her own enlarged fingerprint; Bruno LaVerdiere, also working in series, reiterates a decades-long obsession with spiritual dwellings as expressed in clay sculptures and painted panels; and painter Harry Orlyk immerses himself daily in the Upstate rural landscape - 10 of his Impressionist-style, unframed works reveal the results.
|Benigna Chilla, installation view|
(note, the piece in the center is currently not on view
as it was stolen, recovered, and is held in evidence by the police)
One of my favorite things about the show is the decision to illustrate each wall-mounted artist bio with a black-and-white photo of the artist from a much earlier time (shy one, which had no photo). Though a sweetly charming approach, it also hammers home that this show is very much about the passage of time. In contrast, I had the pleasure of attending the show's opening reception in mid-June and of seeing nearly all 11 artists in their current appearance - older, yes, but still very vibrantly alive.
|Edward Mayer - Walking A-Round, mixed media site-specific installation, 1994-2016|