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September 22, 2018

Artist of Mohawk heritage to explore cultural boundaries in Tyler exhibition


OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego will showcase the work of Hannah Claus, a Canadian artist of Mohawk heritage, in a free exhibition to open Sept. 7, at Tyler Art Gallery.

A public artist’s reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery. Though Claus cannot attend, SUNY Oswego art historian Dr. Lisa Seppi, curator of the exhibition, will speak.

Hannah Claus, a Canadian artist of Mohawk heritage, will exhibit works blending traditional and modern art forms to rethink cultural, historical and personal boundaries from Sept. 7 to Oct. 6 at SUNY Oswego's Tyler Art Gallery. "Une Question de Temps," detail pictured, utilizes graphite on polyester film, along with thread, glue and steel.

Hannah Claus, a Canadian artist of Mohawk heritage, will exhibit works blending traditional and modern art forms to rethink cultural, historical and personal boundaries from Sept. 7 to Oct. 6 at SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery. “Une Question de Temps,” detail pictured, utilizes graphite on polyester film, along with thread, glue and steel.

Claus will make a presentation at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, on campus, at a location to be announced.

The exhibition will run through Oct. 6 in Tyler’s south gallery.

In the exhibition, titled “Hannah Claus: In/Tangible Presence,” the artist merges traditional forms such as beadwork with new media including photography, digital imagery and video.

“In my installation practice,” the artist said in a statement, “I create sensorial landscapes that are meant to provoke a subtle rethinking of boundaries and borders of cultural, historical and personal associations. It is a delicate balancing act that requires a shift of focus in order for the larger worlds to be entered and understood.”

Claus’ early work references colonial history, expressed through domestic design and Iroquois beadwork patterns, to explore areas of overlap and transformation relating to her Mohawk ancestry from her mother’s side of the family.

Other works interface such household items as quilts with fiber optics, reprography film and Tyvek.

Seppi, an assistant professor of art, specializes in modern and contemporary European-American and Native American art and culture.

Tyler Art Gallery will open for this and a companion exhibition, “Oswego Art Alums,” 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays starting Sept. 7.

For more information, call Tyler Art Gallery’s office at 312-2112.

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