Community Invited to Lecture by Local Artist, Professor

February 24 2017
Category: The Arts

Artwork by Dan Reidy, professor and artist at Corning Community College

The community is invited to attend a lecture by artist and art educator, Professor Dan Reidy from Corning Community College, on Wednesday, March 1 at 10:20 a.m. in the Tripp Lecture Hall located in the Gannett-Tripp Library.

The lecture, part of the Arts Alive programming, will focus on Reidy’s new series of large scale paintings inspired by French Romantic artist, Theordore Gericault and his painting titled, “Raft of the Medusa (1818-19).

Combining art historical references with modern day tragedies, Reidy will discuss his creative process that incorporates his response to contemporary issues with a studied trajectory of art history.

"There is an ancient understanding at work when we look at depictions of people. Even the most rudimentary depiction sparks an impulse to decipher the narrative at play or the emotional disposition of the subject. The “Raft of the Medusa” Project started after seeing Associated Press photos of the people displaced by war. Noticing the intensity of the life-vest orange from one picture to the next, I thought of individuals adrift. People cut off from family, friends or their love,” stated Reidy.  

“Using Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa” as a departure point and pouring over the tangle of form in Gericault's original drawing, I feel I have gleaned some understanding of the artist's optimism, ambition, and humanity. He could have chosen any moment from this story that is filled with horror and the grotesque and other dispositions that were so enticing to artists of the romantic era, but instead, he chose hope. He chose to depict a glimpse at rescue on the horizon.”

“Whether it is subconsciously encrypted or overtly illustrated, if we allow it, the artists’ politics can challenge culture to grapple with its issues on a more human level,” said Reidy