Join us for a discussion and reception for the exhibit the “The Rural Observed” on Saturday June 17 from 4:30-7 pm, featuring the art ASCC faculty members Jerry Freedner and Maj Kalfus, who have both worked in environmental awareness in meaningful ways in our region.
Jerry Freedner, the recipient of grants and recognitions for his work documenting local farmland, studies the forms of local farms still worked by multi-generational farmers. He captures the robust forms of recently-tilled fields, the delicate tracery of an orchard in bloom, the individuality of farm animals, and the glowing beauty of a field at sundown. In doing so, he brings us to consider the fragility – both environmental and economic – of keeping these lands working farms.
With an extensive background in design, Maj Kalfus is known for her unique line and sense of abstraction. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker’s Cartoons of the Year (2014), and her latest cartoon work engages with political events. Her new series, From the Air, looks down – at the colors and patterns of local fields, is inspired by regional landscapes seen from an airplane. The puzzle-like pieces of farmland and the varied topography show the landscape of Columbia County at varying times of year – and the shapes, textures, and combinations of water, wetland, lawns, and tillable fields interlock in energetic patterns, reminding us of the vitality, energy, and interconnectedness of our local rural landscapes.
In addition to the 21 works of art on exhibit, the opening reception will feature a text-based conversation to deepen community engagement. Kalfus selected a quote from W.H. Auden (1907-1973), and Freedner has been inspired by a speech by Chief Seattle (1786-1866). The public is invited to come at 4:30 for a discussion of art, landscape, and environment, and from 5-7 pm, join in conversation with refreshments. This program made possible in part with a grant from Humanities NY.