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Chilean artist to explore predicament of animals in SUNY Oswego exhibition

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery, in an exhibition opening Oct. 19, will display Chilean artist Mariana Najmanovich’s paintings and mixed media exploring the animal kingdom’s demand to recover its territory.

Chilean artist Mariana Najmanovich will display works dealing with chimpanzees and other members of the animal kingdom and the occupation and violation of their space by man in an exhibition opening Oct. 19, at SUNY Oswego's Tyler Art Gallery.
Chilean artist Mariana Najmanovich will display works dealing with chimpanzees and other members of the animal kingdom and the occupation and violation of their space by man in an exhibition opening Oct. 19, at SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery.

The artist, who currently teaches drawing and painting at the School of Visual Arts at the University Finis Terrae in Santiago de Chile, will deliver an artist’s talk during the opening gallery reception for her exhibition, “Mariana Najmanovich: Records of Captivity,” from 5 to 7 p.m. that day.

The exhibition will run through Nov. 20.

“In different contexts of our geography, this (animals’ space) has been occupied and violated by man, displacing the rest of the species from their respective habitats,” Najmanovich said in an artist’s statement. “I have been developing this pictorial research for seven years.”

Najmanovich said her work tries to provide a visual resolution to the question, “What is the terrain that corresponds to the animal kingdom within a natural order dominated by human beings?”

Most recently, she has focused on portraits of chimpanzees, with their similarities to man. “By means of practicing the exercise of comparing these two systems, I intend to exacerbate the most primitive, intuitive and emotional features in non-human animals, as well as the most conflictive and dark elements of our human society,” she wrote.

In a companion exhibition, “My Name Is Cynthia, My Mother’s Name Is Anna, My Family Is of Many, My Memory Is Evolving,” also running Oct. 19 to Nov. 20, SUNY Oswego art professor Cynthia Clabough will present layered, mixed-media reliefs that deal with the pain of loss by trying to give new life to family and environment.

Tyler Art Gallery is open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.