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01/20/2010
De St Croix/ Goodwin Exhibition at The Teaching Gallery, Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday January 20, 2010

Brooklyn artist Blane De St Croix and Albany artist Danny Goodwin, whose drawings and photographs explore concepts of representation and the United States' so-called national security system, exhibit their work in the Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College from February 9 to March 20.

The exhibition opens with a reception for the artists on Tuesday, February 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the gallery located in the Administration Building. Artists' talks will be given by De St Croix on Tuesday, February 9 and Goodwin on Thursday, March 11, both from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.

A collective disquiet over security and information has settled over contemporary culture in the ever-present wake of 9/11. This anxiety and the at-times inaccurate information fueling our personal and governmental responses to the times form the basis of investigation for both artists. Creating their own iconography of the decade's battles over territory and ideology, De St Croix and Goodwin exploit and probe our trust in information and images themselves. Is our shared anxiety only about safety or is it also about truth?

De St Croix's delicate ink drawings of contested landscapes such as the containment zone at Guantanamo Bay, or the borders between countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan explore not only issues of power and policy but also issues of representation itself. Initially begun as studies for three-dimensional models of these locations, the drawings are heavily researched and drawn from multiple first- and second-hand sources. Ultimately pared down to an elegantly loose drawing style, the exacting specifics of De St Croix's initial research become mere suggestions in the final drawings creating a parallel to the process in which information purported to be accurate is disseminated through the culture.

Also exploring the veracity of information, photographer Goodwin assembles and photographs non-functioning, improvised explosive devices in his studio using directions and information gathered by word of mouth. Though terrifying in their likeness to what we imagine as the ‘real thing', Goodwin's objects--lit and photographed as if they were products in a catalogue--are also oddly ridiculous for their cobbled together construction and use of recognizable consumer goods. Their view-camera photographic sharpness seems to guarantee the authenticity of the subject, but is belied by the mutable ‘telephone game' hearsay from which they are built.

An associate professor of art at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, De St. Croix currently lives and works in both South Florida and Brooklyn, New York. Goodwin is associate professor of art and chair of the art department at the University at Albany, living in Delmar.

The exhibition and related events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 1 - 7 p.m., and Saturday from Noon - 4 p.m.

For more information and directions, please visit www.hvcc.edu/teachinggallery.

Also on view in the Teaching Gallery is "The Video Closet," works by Detroit musicians/artists, Alivia Zivich and Nate Young. Zivich and Young run AA Records, an art and music label. They also collaborate on visual music and analog video interventions that take form as videos, live performances and objects. Early experiments with televisions and optics resulted in videos captured live to a soundtrack, usually in a fifteen minute take. Recently, Zivich and Young have used hundreds of small paintings done by both as source material for cut-up "animations". (Selected by Lee Ranaldo, visual artist and founding member of the rock band Sonic Youth.)

This exhibition was organized by Tara Fracalossi, gallery director, assisted by students in the Gallery Management Program. Gallery exhibits are supported by the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications with assistance from the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate's degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.