Art faculty updates

April 25, 2012

Assistant Professor Michael Ashkin was recently awarded a Millay Colony residency. The Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York, offers one-month residencies to visual artists, composers, and writers between the months of April and November. This year they had 55 acceptances for 1,000 applicants. Ashkin will be in residence in June.

Elisabeth Meyer, associate professor of art, recently exhibited in The Warehouse Gallery in Syracuse. Black Night/White Night, on display from November to mid-February, consisted of a drawing embroidered onto organza fabric hanging from the ceiling and covering the windows. The fabric’s patterning evoked a net, coordinates, and a limitless plane. The transparent quality of the organza allowed the viewer access to layered space through the piece. The work addressed the issue of geographical displacement. Meyer developed the concept for this exhibition while at a residency in the Baer Art Center in Iceland, and traveled to India to oversee the production of the embroidery. The project was supported in part by the Cornell Council for the Arts.

Fat Cakes/Myopic Void, Carl Ostendarp’s exhibit at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, was featured in’s Critic’s Picks section in March. William Ganis, the author of the review, states that Ostendarp “Never loses sight of the fact that expert selections, juxtapositions, and well-chosen themes are required for smartly arranging both art and music—and, in his case, for mustering nostalgia for bygone artistic cultures and attitudes.” Fat Cakes/Myopic Void was on display from January 27 to March 25, 2012.

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