Barry Anderson: Intermissions

August 14 – October 21, 2009
Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery
Lecture: Tues, Sep 29, 6pm
Reception: Tues, Sep 29, 5-8pm

In conjunction with the Syracuse Symposium, the September 29th lecture includes the premiere of Genome of the Soul, a music/video piece by composer Andrew Waggoner and the Open End Ensemble (Nurit Pacht, violin; Andrew Waggoner, violin; Tawnya Popoff, viola; and Caroline Stinson, cello), in collaboration with artist Barry Anderson.

Barry Anderson’s videos depict purple skies, abstract worlds filled with bubbles, and colorful fragments of semi-familiar scenes. His work reminds people to stop and enjoy the moment. Anderson’s photographs and videos are featured in an innovative art exhibition, Intermissions, which offers a welcomed artistic interruption to daily life in a time of economic uncertainty and other societal stresses. Organized by Light Work, a non-profit, artist-run organization on the Syracuse University campus, the fall exhibition will appear at over a dozen venues both on and off campus.

Anderson’s colorful video pieces include abstract patterns, nature scenes, and semi-nostalgic images from decade-old advertising. Each piece creates a good-natured, introspective scene that contrasts the busy settings where the work is shown. Intermissions places video art and photographs at multiple venues across Syracuse, making it accessible to the general community and creating many opportunities for meaningful interaction with the work.

The level of collaboration that is provided through this exhibition and programming is an exciting step for the arts in Syracuse and will bring a common thread through all involved spaces during the exhibition period. Partners in this unique collaboration include SUArt Galleries, Syracuse Symposium, the Tolley Administration Building, Schine Student Center, Orange TV Network, The Warehouse, Community Folk Art Center, the Everson Museum of Art, the Urban Video Project, the Red House Arts Center, and more. Exhibition sites also include public spaces such as billboards and video projections onto windows on campus and buildings in downtown Syracuse.

Barry Anderson was born in Greenville, TX. He holds an MFA from Indiana University. His work has been shown throughout the country, as well as in Thailand, South America, Cuba, and the UK. He lives in Kansas City. Barry participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in 2006.

Andrew Waggoner studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the Eastman School of Music, and Cornell University. His music has been commissioned and performed by the Academy of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Saint Louis, Denver, Syracuse, and Winnipeg Symphonies; the Cassatt, Corigliano, Miro, and Degas Quartets; and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, among others. He has received grants and prizes from ASCAP, Yaddo, The New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, New Music Delaware, the Eastman School of Music, and Syracuse University. He has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Roger Sessions Prize for an American composer by the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy, where he was in residence at Bogliasco in the spring of 2008. In 2009 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He recently formed the Open End Ensemble with his wife, cellist Caroline Stinson, giving concerts over the past three seasons in New York, Syracuse, Strasbourg, and Florence.

Several events will be held through September 2009 in various Syracuse venues in conjunction with Intermissions:

Thursday, August 20, 5-7pm
SUArt Galleries (Th3)
Gallery opening for Winslow Homer exhibition, and video Lawn Ornaments by Barry Anderson in video theatre

Thursday, August 20, 6pm
Everson Museum of Art (Th3)
Gallery talk by Barry Anderson

Thursday, September 17, 5-8pm
Red House Arts Center (Th3)
Gallery opening of Raphael Lyon exhibition, and video panels by Barry Anderson

Thursday, September 17, 5-8pm
The Warehouse Gallery (Th3)
Gallery opening of Marco Maggi exhibition, and video installation Memory Bleed by Barry Anderson

Thursday, September 17, 5-8pm
The Point of Contact Gallery (Th3)
Gallery opening of Marco Maggi exhibition, with video panels by Barry Anderson

Tuesday, September 29, 5-8pm
Light Work
Gallery reception, lecture by Barry Anderson, and live music performance

Click here to see a list and map of all of the venues.

Student Film Screenings:

In conjunction with Intermissions, Light Work is pleased to invite you to a screening of films by students at Syracuse University and in Kansas City. The same screening will take place in Kansas City as well, thus creating a connection between the two schools as part of the Intermissions project.

Tuesday, October 13, 6pm
Watson Auditorium, Robert B. Menschel Media Center, Syracuse, NY

Thursday, October 15, 7–8pm
Friday, October 16, 9am – 2pm
Saturday, October 17, 1–5pm
UMKC Gallery of Art, Kansas City, MO

Barry Anderson: Intermissions, is made possible by funding and support provided by Central New York Community Foundation, Inc., Enliven Education, Division of Student Affairs at Syracuse University, Lamar, Syracuse Public Art Commission, and Syracuse Symposium.