August 14 through October 21, 2009, Light Work in collaboration with Urban Video Project announces Intermissions, an innovative, multi-modal exhibition showcasing Barry Anderson’s video and photographic work at venues throughout Syracuse.
About the Project
In a time of economic uncertainty and other societal stresses, this project provided viewers a welcomed artistic interruption to daily life. Anderson’s work, and the entire project, was designed to bring art into the community and to remind people to stop and enjoy the moment.
A primary aim of the exhibition is to reach the community as a whole, including people who may not normally visit a gallery—it included public projections throughout the downtown, as well as the temporary re-purposing of an advertising billboard as a venue for Anderson’s still photography. Embracing the concept of art intervention and collaboration, the exhibition creates a common thread across many venues in town, thereby creating dozens of points for interaction both indoors and outdoors.
Viewers are provided fold-out maps available at all participating venues, or as a downloadable file from the Light Work website directing them to the various locations and related activities. Events include a gallery reception and lecture by the artist as part of the Syracuse Symposium programming, workshops, tours, among other exciting programs.
About the Work
Anderson’s colorful video pieces include abstract patterns, nature scenes, and semi-nostalgic images from decade-old advertising. Each piece creates a good-natured, introspective scene that contrasts the busy settings where the work is shown. Anderson’s work addresses our cultural need to escape the onslaught of media input through isolated fantasy worlds. By slowing or re-interpreting space and time, he strives to identify the existence of introspective spaces within the everyday, proposing that we don’t need to retreat, but to re-envision and re-think what is already around us.
Our Partners and Sponsors
The level of collaboration represented by this exhibition and programming was an exciting step for the arts in Syracuse. The following partners participated in this unique collaboration: Light Work Community Darkroom, the Everson Museum of Art, multiple venues at Syracuse University, SUArt Galleries, Syracuse Symposium, The Warehouse, the Urban Video Project, Orange TV Network, Community Folk Art Center, the Red House Arts Center, and more.
This project received support from Syracuse Symposium, the Division of Student Affairs Co-Curricular Fee, and the Central New York Community Foundation.
About the Artist
Anderson’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country, as well as in Thailand, South America, Cuba, and the UK. Recent exhibition venues include the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, KS; Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, IL; Salina Art Center in Salina, KS; Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri in St. Louis; Hotcakes Gallery in Milwaukee; and the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto. He participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in 2006. Anderson was born in Greenville, TX. He holds an MFA from Indiana University.
For more information on Anderson’s installations, single-channel work, and still photography, go to: www.barryanderson.com.