Mapping Linguistics Exhibition On Display At SUNY Oswego’s Metro Center

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SUNY Oswego’s Metro Center recently opened another of its fall exhibitions, Mapping Linguistics, Revisited, featuring recent work by Kelly Roe. The public is invited to a reception to meet the artist and enjoy refreshments on Thursday, October 16 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Roe will be available to talk with interested people about the work.

Baldwinsville native Kelly Roe’s mixed media work will be on display from October 10th to January 16th.. A professor in the Graphic Design Program at SUNY Oswego, Roe has a background in bookmaking and printmaking and sees herself as an anthropologist, artist, editor and scribe. The Mapping Linguistics exhibition explores relationships in linguistics, psychology and child development.

With the birth of her daughter, Roe’s encounter with the working parent’s dilemma of juggling work and family responsibilities was compounded by her own desire to continue to work as a studio artist. Fascinated by her child’s development, Roe allowed necessity to provide the impetus for developing a studio process that would include her young daughter. The result of this collaboration is a series of mixed media prints that document the child’s growth in cognition during her third year. The final works combine drawings with transcribed conversations and utterances as well as photos of the physical spaces the two explored. The final works were created by layering different levels of imagery printed on clear and relatively transparent substrates sandwiched between Plexiglas plates. The result is a colorful, multiplex environment of overlapping and interactive windows and portals featuring the abstracted minutiae found in the everyday life of a three year old.

The Metro Center is a new member of the Third Thursday, a city-wide art opening initiative begun by the Everson Museum and the Delavan Center. All SUNY Oswego Metro Center exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.  Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9 am to 8 pm and Friday 9 am to 4 pm.  For additional information about this exhibition, call the Art Department at 312-2111. For persons with disabilities needing assistance to visit the exhibition, call the Metro Center in advance at 315/399-4100.