August 26, 2019

Liena Vayzman at the Peekskill Extension Center Gallery

Gaps and Fills – Gallery Exhibition

September 9 – November 26

Reception will be held Monday, September 16, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.LienaV

The exhibition, Gaps and Fills, is comprised of panoramic photographs and unfold for the viewer over time. The photographer’s point of view shifts so that they do not give a unified or singular authoritative viewpoint. Vayzman exploits the digital decays and pixel dropouts, called slivers, and loss that occur by chance when digital technology (as with iPhone photography in this case) is pushed to its limit.  Vayzman incorporated these chance mistakes and errors in order to challenge a history of landscape photography that is associated with a straight patriarchal or Western colonial gaze.  Instead she leaves gaps and unanswered questions in the photographs.  She is inspired by her meditation practice of walking in nature, Japanese and Chinese traditional landscape aesthetics, as well as the process of forest decay and transformation such as fungus, lichen and mold.  The photographs capture a feeling of solitude while visualizing absence and emptiness.  The holes are also related to the photographer’s childhood experiences of migraine memory dropouts, and her research on mystic visions, while the rhythms in these photos relate to her video practice and music.

For gallery operating hours and other information, please see www.sunywcc.edu/Peekskill

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May 23, 2019

PAA: Off the Beaten Track

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Our work spaces may be Off the Beaten Track, but this group gallery show is right in the heart of downtown Peekskill.
Come see the work of over 30 of Peekskill’s finest artists in the lobby of the Peekskill Extension Center of Westchester Community College.  The show features paintings, drawings, collage, mixed media, photography, sculpture, digital art, videography, and more! Our works are as diverse as the artists who created them.

Location: 27 N. Division Street, Peekskill
Reception: Thursday, May 30, 5:30-7:30pm
Show runs: May 30 – July 27, 2019
The show may be viewed during Open Studios weekend, as well as any time that the college is open, through July 27.
March 22, 2019

Laurel Shute: TROPOSPHERIC PAINTING

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February 18 – April 25, 2019

Reception Thursday, March 21, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Artist! Artist’s Gallery Talk at 6:30 pm

Abstraction in art can introduce new ways of perceiving the world around us; in painting I am inspired to reorient myself to be in connection with nature. In the painting process I search for a new sense of space and color reaction that is expressive of being within our troposphere. I find that the tactile perception of color in nature is essential to my painting; perhaps in the same way some musicians compose inspired by sounds in nature. In my past and present painting, tactile color effects are enhanced by 3D elements like tree textures, reflection, and images of water, combining various environmental qualities reminiscent of nature.

All are welcome at this public event!

Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

October 10, 2018

HIGH CONTRAST: Culture Confronts Chaos at The Westchester Gallery of the Peekskill Extension Center Westchester Community College

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New York, September 27, 2018.  The Westchester Gallery of the Peekskill Extension Center Westchester Community College is featuring the work of collective In_Question on view from September 10 through November 28, 2018.  WHAT NOW? a performance will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at 27 North Division Street, Peekskill.

The exhibition is summarized by the testimony given by artist/activist and co-founder of In_Question, Carla Rae Johnson, within This Is What Democracy Looks Like by Andrew Courtney.  She asks people to think outside of the “box of fear and confusion.” She and artist/activists Mary McFerran and Marcy Freedman founded collaborative group In_Question that engage people without confrontation in politically charged issues through exhibitions, poetry, and dance that take place in vacant storefronts with the goal of making a difference.  They also are community builders that create a forum for artists to engage in activism.  Carla Rae Johnson hosts art salons where she shares her humorous and satirical PTSD drawings that she has made every week since the 2016 elections.

February 19, 2018

Fun and War Games : Tricia McLaughlin

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January 20, 2018 – May 4, 2018

Reception: Mon, March 5, 5:30 – 7:00pm

Artist’s Talk: 6:30

New York, January 12, 2018. The Westchester Gallery of the Peekskill Extension Center Westchester Community College is featuring the work of Tricia McLaughlin on view from January 20 through May 4, 2018.  The opening reception will be March 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the public is welcome.  Tricia McLaughlin works in the realm of fantasy architecture and social structures in the form of 3D design, animation, painting, and sculpture.  She plays with the ideas of restructuring human behavior.  The structures are based on her own logic, which often leads to geometry that is anthropomorphized.  The individual figures become emotional and the structures effect their social interactions.  In her work, function follows arbitrary form.  From these new forms the rules change.

October 23, 2017

Jade Doskow’s World Fairs

November 7, 2017 –  December 22nd 2017

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© Jade Doskow  New York 1964 World’s Fair, “Peace Through Understanding,” Unisphere

Opening Thursday, November 9, 2017

5:30 – 7 pm

Artist’s Talk: 6:30 pm

Since 2007, Jade Doskow has been photographing the remaining architecture, art, and landscaping of international world’s fairs. These magnificent, temporary events left behind international architectural icons, urban infrastructure, and large-scale public art. However, there often was a lack of planning as to how to bring these unusual sites into a proactive contemporary use, and as a result, there is a surreal utopian/ dystopian quality to much of what is left behind. In Doskow’s photographs the resulting images illustrate sites that run the gamut from iconic to abandoned, from functional to strangely repurposed, and including such structures as the Space Needle, Eiffel Tower, and New York State Pavilion, positing complex questions as to the nature of what we choose to preserve or discard within our shared urban spaces.

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New York 1964 World’s Fair, “Peace Through Understanding,” Unisphere