SUNY Oswego to exhibit works of digital-print artist Cara Brewer Thompson

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego will open an interactive exhibition of digital-print artist Cara Brewer Thompson’s work with a free public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18, at Tyler Art Gallery.

Thompson, a member of the college’s art department faculty, will give a talk at 6 p.m. about her display, titled “Wisdom() & Other Things,” of digital-imagery-inspired drawings that explore “soft, hard-to-define pockets of consciousness.”

Digital-print artist Cara Brewer Thompson's "In that place," pictured, will appear in a free exhibition of her recent work titled "Wisdom() & Other Things" from Oct. 18 through Nov. 9 at SUNY Oswego's Tyler Art Gallery.
Digital-print artist Cara Brewer Thompson’s “In that place,” pictured, will appear in a free exhibition of her recent work titled “Wisdom() & Other Things” from Oct. 18 through Nov. 9 at SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery.

“Many of the images are influenced by spirit photography, light, shadow and dusk,” she wrote in an artist’s statement. “Much of the imagery deals with vastness and silence. Physical expanse gives birth to mental stillness, silence, quiet and rest.”

The exhibition will run through Nov. 9, in tandem with an annual exhibition of the recent work of other full- and part-time members of the art faculty.

Thompson, who has taught traditional and digital media at SUNY Oswego since 2004 and more than 20 years in all, noted that her exhibition will have an interactive component.

“Randomness has always intrigued me as a creative trigger. My current drawings are inspired by quick glimpses of imagery (partially displayed photographs) that are seen for a matter of seconds,” she wrote. “I work quickly to capture what I can before the imagery is ‘taken away.’ I’ve tried to create this experience with an interactive piece called ‘Draw This.’ This invites the audience to create traditional drawings using random, timed digital prompts.”

Thompson explained that Wisdom() is a body of generative postcards, created using computer code.

“The Wisdom() software randomly selects parts of iconic philosophical writings and generates postcards from them,” she wrote.

Faculty exhibition

Twenty-five artists have been invited to display their work in the companion exhibition of art faculty work in a variety of media, including ceramics, digital media, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

“This annual exhibition allows our gallery audience to catch up with the art faculty’s latest creative developments,” said Michael Flanagan, director of Tyler Art Gallery. “Often their works are shown around the globe but rarely in Oswego. Having the faculty all together in a single exhibition can also foster a sense of camaraderie within the department as a whole.”

Tyler Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays when the college is in session. Parking is $1 for those without a SUNY Oswego parking sticker; see for more information.