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12 Apr 2017

Made in NY 2017

Schweinfurth Art Center

Reviewed by Rob Mackenzie

Downtown from Auburn's maximum-security lock-up, the Schweinfurth's juried "Made in New York 2017" show crackles with negative current. If the artists don't expect imminent environmental, economic, or political collapse, bleak creations like Jason Smith's are at least imprisoned by unsettled anxiety.

In the nightmarish She Has a Dream, Auburn artist Douglas Lloyd superimposes a translucent wet-plate image of a serious, veiled immigrant girl over a shadowy gas mask. The modest classical pose of the woman in Labor Market, an oil by Tracy Kerdman of New York City, seems designed for routine social commentary until a glance at the saint's rotten teeth sends shivers. Even the carefully pollarded sycamore branches in Triumph, the expansive, meticulous oil by Pennie Brantley of Petersburgh that earned Best in Show, evoke the clutches of a many-tentacled sea monster more than hopeful pruning.

This well-crafted, post-election, blue-state show vibrates with the many colors of black.

Exhibition Made in NY 2017 link
Start date 24 Mar 2017
End date 21 May 2017
Presenter Schweinfurth Art Center link
Venue 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY, USA map
Image Jason Smith, (........), 2016, ink on paper, 16 x 12 inches, courtesy of the Schweinfurth Art Center

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