Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lynette Stephensen

ARTIST TALK: 18 February, 2010, 6:00 P.M. (Th3), The Warehouse Gallery
Lynette Stephenson will give a talk about her installation at The Warehouse Gallery. All events at The Warehouse Gallery are free and open to the public.

Location: The Warehouse Gallery, Ground Floor

350 West Fayette Street, Syracuse, N.Y. 13202

This exhibition is inspired by John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces (1980) set in New Orleans, where Stephenson's family home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and based on her previous body of paintings, TheRed Cross Series, which led to the idea for this site-specific project. In this work Stephenson engages in a dialogue about present-day social issues referring to New Orleans, the tragedy of the Hurricane and the universal symbol of the Red Cross.

Historically seen as an iconic symbol of safety and comfort, the Red Cross emblem has morphed into ambiguous uncertainty after the corruption and inadequate care provided by the organization in regard to events following Hurricane Katrina. It now teeters between positive connotations of its distant past and negative emotions entwined in the organization's more recent actions. The placement of such a universal symbol on numerous dunce caps could be construed as an attempt to criticize the recent exploits of the Red Cross through this slightly satirical display.

For more information, visit http://thewarehousegallery.syr.edu.

Born in Seymour, IN, painter and sculptor, Stephenson lives and works in Hamilton, N.Y., where she is an associate professor of painting at Colgate University. Stephenson has exhibited numerous times in Central New York at institutions such as, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, and Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica. Stephenson's work is included in such collections as the Smith Robertson Museum in Jackson, Miss., and the Southwestern Bell Corporate Collection in San Antonio, Texas. Stephenson holds a M.F.A. from Georgia State University.

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