The Wells College Visual Arts Department welcomes the exhibition, “Out of Rubble,” curated by Susanne Slavick. Photographs, paintings and video and digital works will be displayed in the String Room Gallery of Main Building from March 20 through April 26, 2013. The exhibition is free and the public is invited to view the show. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, March 20 from 6 to 8 pm; refreshments will be served. Susanne Slavick will also speak about this exhibition in the String Room Gallery as a part of the Wells College Activism Symposium on March 22 at 3:30 p.m.
Out Of Rubble reacts to the wake of war — its realities and its representations. The rubble that each war leaves behind shapes today and tomorrow — physically, psychologically, spiritually and culturally. Out Of Rubble presents international artists who consider its causes and consequences, its finality and future, moving from decimation and disintegration to the possibilities of regeneration and recovery.
Facing the failure and wreckage of war, the poet Wislawa Szymborska wrote: “Reality demands that we mention this: Life goes on.” Artists meet this demand through responses that are invariably somber, both tender and unflinching. Through images and narratives bound up in the crises of truth, they acknowledge yet strive toward the impossible task of comprehending the incomprehensible. Before and long after the rubble is cleared, they review, anticipate and sometimes lay ground for what needs to be rebuilt.
This exhibit has been developed from a book project, Out Of Rubble (Charta 2011) with texts by Holly Edwards and editor Susanne Slavick that includes artists from Diana Al-Hadid to Xu Zhen.
Artists in the Out Of Rubble exhibit include: Taysir Batniji, Wafaa Bilal, Enrique Castrejon, Lenka Clayton, Decolonizing Architecture, Jane Dixon, Monica Haller, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Jennifer Karady, Osman Khan, Samina Mansuri, Simon Norfolk, Rocio Rodriguez, elin o’Hara slavick, Susanne Slavick, and Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz.
The String Room Gallery is a center for the exhibition of contemporary art in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It is located on the Wells College campus in the southwest corner of the first floor of Main Building. Hours are Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 pm; and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. For more information, visit www.wells.edu/stringroomgallery.