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November 13 01:18 AM
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CAS Presents Two Solo Photography Exhibits


10/24/2019 - Catskill Art Society will present two concurrent solo photography exhibitions from Lorie Novak and Sarah van Ouwerkerk at CAS Art Center at 48 Main St, Livingston Manor, NY on Saturday, October 26. The exhibitions will be on view Saturday, October 26 Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Lorie Novak's Above the Fold is a trans-media project where front-page sections of The New York Times from the beginning of the Kosovo War in 1999 to the present are categorized by the content of the photograph above the fold, creating a physical manifestation of contemporary trends/biases of American media and culture. In Novak's studio there are over 7,000 front page sections of The New York Times sorted into 33 categories suggested by the photographs that appear above the fold. There are 3 components to the project: an installation, series of photographs, and digital animations. In the installation, next to each of the stacks, there will be a small screen playing a chronological slideshow of the front pages of that pile. Photographs of the individual stacks are printed to the actual size of the newspapers. Each print is 6-feet high corresponding to the height of the tallest pile, U.S. Presidents. In analyzing the front-page images over the years, the artist saw history repeating itself in recurring image tropes. Allowing her to classify the papers according to the subject matter of the photograph above the fold as a means to examine how news is visualized and transmitted as well as the politics of representation.

Lorie Novak is an artist and Professor of Photography & Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and Associate Faculty at The Hemispheric Institute. She is the founder and director of Future Imagemakers (www.futureimagemakers.photoandimaging.net), a free participatory photography project for New York City high school students. Her photographs, installations, and Internet projects explore issues of memory and transmission, the relationship between the intimate and the public, and the shifting cultural meanings of photographs. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her photographs are in many museum permanent collections. She lives and works in New York City and Masonville, NY.

Sarah van Ouwerkerk's landscapes are inspired by Rebecca Solnit's book, A Field Guide To Getting Lost, and her background in painting. The work explores the concept of losing oneself in their surroundings. The photographs are created with layers of snow, rain, fog and water, and the spaces in between, with the majority of the work created in Sullivan County. These photographs are part of an ongoing exploration of one's place in the environment. It is intended to be a continuation of study that originated with a portfolio of horses, and evolved into landscape. Working with the same ideas of isolation and freedom, the images grapple with the senses and how one relates to their surroundings as an abstract reality.

Sarah van Ouwerkerk is an artist and Professor of Photography at Pratt Institute. The New Museum, Frazier Museum, CNN television and Dorfman Projects at the Affordable Art Fair are among the venues that have exhibited her works. Her photographs have also been published by Rizzoli, Harmony House, and the University of California Press. Whether interpreting nature, the figure, or personal histories, Sarah van Ouwerkerk's photographs explore the role of landscape as a way of seeing the world, either imagined or real. Sarah's visual explorations begin with a curiosity and evolve into expansive studies; her background in painting influences the palette and informs the atmosphere of the images. She lives and works in New York City and Cochecton, New York.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - Artists Talk and Opening Reception

CAS will host an Artists Talk at 4pm, followed immediately by a free Opening Reception from 5-6pm. Refreshments will be served and admission is free and open to the public.

About the Catskill Art Society

The Catskill Art Society is a non-profit cultivating public interest, participation, and enjoyment of the arts. Through its multi-arts center, CAS explores contemporary art practices and facilitates creative and professional development for established and emerging artists. Located in Livingston Manor, the renovated 4,500+ square foot facility includes a designated fine arts gallery, a large multi-purpose space, a pottery studio, a painting studio, and a digital arts lab. For more information, please visit www.catskillartsociety.org.

Funding for CAS is provided in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislation.

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