|A New Blank Tablet: January 20, 2021 12:00 PM EST, oil on cradled hardwood by Susan Hoffer, is the juror's top choice in Fence Select 21|
This year’s edition of the show was juried by Dan Cameron, a noted critic whose local presence seems to be increasing lately, and the 51 artists included are overall quite worthy. I regularly refer to this annual exhibition as “the other Regional,” and this year’s edition pretty much lives up to the title; seven of the included artists were also in the 2021 Mohawk-Hudson Regional, and several others have been in previous editions of that show.
|William Fillmore's Red Warning #2;|
in the background is a painting
by D. Colin
Among the outstanding pieces to my eye and mind were the following:
- First-prize winner Susan Hoffer’s impressively self-actualizing studio view titled A New Blank Tablet: January 20, 2021 12:00 PM EST
- ORT Project Rockwell-Nelson’s Anthropocene Epoch: Eat the Rich, a super-sharp photograph that features a live baboon in an oval-framed still life arrangement
- Chris DeMarco’s lush, yet delicately colored photographs of a trailer park
- Karen Gerstenberger’s two coastal monotypes
- Jaime Courcelle’s oil on canvas It’s Not Goodbye
- Take Out, a timely and wry nod to Edward Hopper by Marion Reynolds, and
- Michael Oatman’s elegiac stack of unwatched 9/11 videotapes (shown below)
The ACCR is open every day but Sunday; Fence Select 21 ends Saturday, Dec. 11.