In the Eye of Belonging
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EXTENDED! Now on view through January 16, 2022
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter: In the Eye of Belonging
The Mandeville Gallery has extended its current exhibition, Alisa Sikelianos-Carter: In the Eye of Belonging. Sikelianos-Carter is a mixed-media painter from Upstate New York. She is a 2021 Foreland Studio Fellow and a 2020 Sustainable Arts Foundation recipient. She has been awarded residencies at the Fountainhead Residency, the Millay Colony for the Arts, NXTHVN, Vermont Studio Center, the Wassaic Project, and Yaddo. Her group exhibitions include James Cohan Gallery, New York City; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago; and Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London; with an upcoming solo show at Fridman Gallery, Beacon, NY.
Sikelianos-Carter asserts that Black features are a manifestation of a sacred and divine technology that has served as a means of survival, both physically and metaphysically. She envisions a cosmically bountiful world that celebrates and pays homage to ancestral majesty, power, and aesthetics. Inspired by traditionally Black hairstyles, Sikelianos-Carter uses web and catalog-sourced images to construct new archetypes. Through her exploration of opulent, luminescent materials she is creating a mythology that is centered on Black resistance and uses the body as a site of alchemy and divinity.
Addenda: Gina Adams, Merritt Johnson and Sonya Kelliher-Combs – January 29 – June 12, 2022
Custodians of archives wield great power and responsibility in considering who might be left out, disempowered or silenced in the creation of a specific narrative by those who use their records. Addenda centers interpretation and augmentation of past and present through the archive in an effort to construct a fuller future.
Adams, Johnson, and Kelliher-Combs draw on history, cultural traditions, and archives, along with a strong belief in seeking alternative narratives, to create artworks that exist as a record of unconsidered perspectives and often unrecognized pasts.
For this exhibition, these artists were asked to create artwork in response to a collection of archival materials held in the college archives, which details the life of missionary and the first general agent of education for the territory of Alaska, Sheldon Jackson (Union College Class of 1855). The resulting artworks are featured in the Mandeville Gallery alongside additional pieces by the three artists. These works all pose questions about the purpose of archives and how the artists’ active additions to these collections can illuminate the people often silenced by what has been recorded in the past. ‘