OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego will show the works of Joseph Ray, a senior from Marcellus, in an exhibition of his “plein air” paintings titled “Nature Through Abstraction” March 9 to April 7 at Oswego State Downtown.
The free artist’s reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. March 30, at the store and gallery, West First and Bridge streets.
Ray, enrolled in SUNY Oswego’s bachelor of fine arts program, recently received a college Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee grant to pursue his interest in plein air (painted outdoors) abstract painting.
The works in the display will show Ray’s visceral and visual responses to his painting experiences. The artworks are oil on canvas with some drawing studies on paper.
“The complexity of plein air painting lends itself to abstraction,” Ray said. “Although these paintings were created with time split between plein air and working in my studio, my inspiration comes from the realization that everything outdoors — including myself — is constantly exposed to nature’s changing conditions and therefore forced to change also.”
Hours for Oswego State Downtown, a branch of The College Stores, are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
For more information about the exhibition, contact the SUNY Oswego art department at 312-2111.