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College To Launch Collaborative Downtown Artists Series on Oct. 30

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego will start a new Downtown Artists Series on Oct. 30, with an exhibition titled “Matter and Memory — That Which Remains: A Dialogue of the American Industrial Landscape” at Oswego State Downtown.

The goal of the Downtown Artists Series is to create a collaborative experience among the artwork exhibitor, a student poet or musician and a graphic designer, as well as an enhanced experience for those who view the free exhibit.

From Oct. 30 to Jan. 8, the college’s downtown gallery and branch of the College Store will display Oswego artist Carolyn Sheedy Mazzucca’s painterly use of paper.

Her use of pigment and papermaking reflect what remains of America’s post-industrial landscape and “presents it back to us, revealing a human frailty.”

“I wish to establish a link to the inner timeless moments, the remnants of experience through time, use and wear,” she wrote in an artist’s statement. “Whether one sees marks on a subway wall or a midwestern grain silo, these parts form an introduction into the lives that move across these surfaces. Sometimes merely brushing up against momentarily, sometimes distilling like a constant drone like a locust.”

SUNY Oswego creative writing major and poet Shannon Ariel has reflected on Mazzucca’s work, as has graphic design major and designer Nick Greco, creator of a poster for the exhibition.

A reception for all three artists will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, at Oswego State Downtown, corner of West First and Bridge streets in Oswego.

Mazzucca will speak, Ariel will read her work and Greco will discuss design influences and stylistic choices in the poster he created for the exhibition.

Mazzucca is a native of Troy, one of the state’s post-industrial cities. She studied printmaking at SUNY New Paltz, worked as a fine art papermaker at Dieu Donne Papermill in New York City and assisted on print and paper projects of world-class painters and sculptors such as David Hockney, Robert Motherwell and Frank Stella at Tyler Graphics Ltd. in Mt. Kisco. She has taught workshops and lectured at schools of art and design around the nation.

Oswego State Downtown’s gallery hours generally are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 216-4985.