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Home Extension: A new UAlbany Art Museum Exhibit Opening Jan. 21

After the Swimming Pool Party, 2003
  After the Swimming Pool Party, 2003 by Sebastiaan Bremer
Inks on c-print - 41 3/4" x 40 3/4"

Ten acclaimed international artists explore their ideas and themes of “home” in a special exhibit entitled Home Extension opening this week at the University Art Museum. The exhibit is co-curated by Brooklyn-based art critic and rising star among international curators, Gregory Volk along with Sabine Russ, a German writer and curator.

Several of the artists came to the museum early in January and created site-specific works -- allowing the museum’s space to influence the creation of their projects. One such artist was Fred Holland who has transformed singular and organic elements like pennies, onion skins and black-eyed peas into an artistic testimony to the magic imbedded in black folk art and the sensibilities rooted in home, migration and longing.

Stool, Event at Kurhaus Weissbad, 1992. Click for larger image.
  Stool, Event at Kurhaus Weissbad, 1992 by Roman Signer - Video

Some of the museum’s walls have been transformed by Ragna Robertsdottir, who imported lava chips from Icelandic volcanoes. The interior gallery space evokes these geological and mythical elements, creating a portrait of the vast landscape of her home. Kim Sooja’s brightly colored traditional Korean bed linens suspended from the museum’s ceiling suggest thematic possibilities of “home,” such as love, sex, rest, privacy and comfort.

Home Extension also includes the works of acclaimed contemporary German artist, Karin Sander and today’s leading Swiss artist, Roman Signer. Installations by Sebastiaan Bremer, Beth Campbell, Joachim Koester, Odili Donald Odita, and Ward Shelley round out the exhibit, offering an exciting and rich variety of mixed media, from acrylic painting to haunting photographs -- all evoking expressions on the theme of “home.”

The opening reception is Wednesday, January 21, 5-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through April 10, 2004.

For more information, please visit, University Art Museum

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