The large-scale images of Ella Gant, chair of art at Hamilton College, will be on display when Ã¢â‚¬Å“Little Life ReduxÃ¢â‚¬Â opens Oct. 1 at Oswego State Downtown.
The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 in the shop and gallery located at the corner of West First and Bridge streets in Oswego. The exhibition will run through Nov. 28.
Gant has worked with photography, video, digital media and installations for more than 25 years. Ã¢â‚¬Å“While installation continues to be my primary passion, it is a type of work that limits the amount of work I can produce to practical logistics such as availability of space and my ability to fund my work,Ã¢â‚¬Â she explained.
Gant recently culled images from old installations to re-engage her studio work and bring new life to these photos. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I selected a group of slide documents from a few installations, then converted them to digital files, made adjustments to them in Photoshop and printed them as large-scale color photographs,Ã¢â‚¬Â the artist said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“With these photographs I am primarily interested in their impact as stand-alone images and their ability to function as compelling statements.Ã¢â‚¬Â
She earned a masterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in fine arts in studio photography and video from the University of Texas at Austin and pursued subsequent workshops and certifications in video. Her work recently appeared in group exhibitions in the Center for Creative Art and Bruno David Gallery, both in St. Louis, and Light Work in Syracuse.
Gant is represented in collections ranging from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
In addition to the gallery space, Oswego State Downtown also offers SUNY Oswego apparel, memorabilia and event information. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, call 216-4985.