Transitions-Rochester at VSW

Have you seen Transitions-Rochester at Visual Studies Workshop’s Siskind Gallery yet? If not, you might want to put October 13th on your calendar! VSW is going to be having an Open House Event from 6-9pm. More info coming soon!

Like State of the City 2011: In the Loop at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (which I posted about a couple of weeks ago), this exhibition focuses on the many issues facing Rochester, New York.

“As a rapidly changing city, Rochester’s days as a company town are over and urban sprawl and ineffective city planning have left it a disabled core surrounded by middle-class wealth. How is the city dealing with the transition? What does it mean for the quality of life? How can the center of this former industrial city survive? How can new residential and commercial areas develop to reinvent Rochester? What do area leaders and residents expect from their city? What does segregation (black-white/rich-poor) look like? How can the city center be revitalized?” [more]

Artists in the show are: Theo Baart and Cary Markerink, Jason Bernagozzi, FUA Krew (check out the work in progress slideshow), Gregory Halpern, Oscar Palacio, Andrea Stultiens, Dan Varenka, and Juliana Muniz.

Highlight for me was the collaborative work of Theo Baart and Cary Markerink (whom I recently posted about) installed across the back wall of the gallery. The images themselves were compelling and the format of the piece overall was very book-like in the reading of it. Definitely a piece I found myself going back to.

There are also six books that are companions to this exhibition co-published by Visual Studies Workshop Press and FOTODOK. Hopefully I’ll have more information on these soon! I know they’re for sale, but not sure for how much. I’ll keep you posted.

So, have you seen the exhibition yet? What did you think?


Author: Megan Charland

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