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School gallery incorporates printmaking works from diverse artists

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School gallery incorporates printmaking works from diverse artists

Barry Mason

Barry Mason

Barry Mason

John Mauro, Staff Writer

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The Temporary Residency 6 Manhattan Gallery (TR6) displayed unique artwork by faculty and visiting artists. Primarily a printmaking exhibition, the gallery showcased several works from faculty artists at the school to artists from across the globe.

The gallery, which was formerly hosted in Honolulu, Ireland, and Tasmania, was organized for the sixth time by printmaking teacher Prawat Laucharoen, and hosted by the school for the third time. The exhibit, which will remain until the end of September, featured artists from abroad who Laucharoen contacted.

Visiting artists Nicol Sanders-O’Shea from New Zealand and Lonny Tomono from Hawaii met with school faculty. “We produced innovative interpretations and influenced each other with our varying approaches,” Laucharoen said.

“Something special about this program is that people don’t know exactly what they’re doing when they come together. But through conversation, we discover something, we inspire each other, and suddenly, we get a spark,” Laucharoen said.

Since O’Shea’s art is typically centered around domestic life and social issues, she focused on creating a piece that exemplified this dislocation, she said. She used random images and patterns on laser cut paper that normally would’ve been discarded. The print itself is elevated to a high art status by being on the wall; being made of scraps, it exemplifies the idea of temporary art, which doesn’t last forever,” she said.

One particular piece of art, titled Not Me by Sheila Ferri caught the eye of Patricia Zuroski, Director of the Office for Identity, Culture, and Institutional Equity. The piece depicts smaller red shoes on the left side, accompanied by a sampler stating, “Be a good little girl” and a black stool. From the red shoes, a curved trail of footprints led to a pair of black heels, stopping in front of a mirror, to the left of which had a sign that said, “Not Me,” with additional signs taped to the wall saying “Me too,” she said.

“It is shocking but it immediately says something,” Zuroski said. “It shows when you grow up, everyone is surprised that you don’t follow the straight path of life and are imperfect and vulnerable,” she said.

There’s not really a social, political, or educational theme, but the thing that ties everything together is that we are all setting our minds into an unknown adventure,” Laucharoen said.

“The really good thing that works is that it’s multidisciplinary, as well as multimedia; there’s not one fixed approach,” O’Shea said.

Isabella Binnmyr (10) and Gabby Fischberg (10) toured the gallery during the I period exhibition on September 13th.

“It made me feel that art is a fluid and constantly changing process,” Binnmyr said.

“The art that I saw inspired a lot of new pieces of mine,” Fischberg said.

“It’s always fun to see how someone comes about with a creative process and a different way of seeing,” visual arts teacher Kim Do said. “I was very inspired to see how the varying artists would manipulate their materials and try different processes. It’s worth taking a little more time than we usually would to allow your eye the freedom to wander the piece and find your own interpretation,” he said.

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