Four exhibitions at the Albany Museum of Art in the last days

April 16—ALBANY ─ Four art exhibits entered their final two weeks at the Albany Museum of Art.

April 23 will be the last day to see “The Way of Life, Works by Ray Pierotti” at the Haley Gallery; “Prismatic, Works by Melissa Huang” in the East Gallery; “Ordo Naturalis, Works of Eric Mack” at the McCormack Gallery, and “African Artifacts of Spirituality and Identity” from the permanent collection of the Albany Museum of Art at the Hodges Gallery. New exhibitions of works from the AMA’s new permanent collection will open in these four galleries in mid-May.

“The AMA has been delighted to present the work of artists Ray Pierotti, Melissa Huang and Eric Mack over the past few months, a diverse statement about the nature of contemporary art and the many exciting forms it can take,” said AMA Executive Director Andrew J. says Wulf. “We cherish the vision of these artists and their commitment to addressing an array of themes such as mind-body connection, layering an individual’s perspective on their everyday world, and finding true self in the digital world. “

Pierotti, a Utah native and longtime Shellman resident, seeks to fuse visual art with science, soul and sound in his multimedia works. He explores the material world of wave and particle physics with a spirituality inclined towards mysticism and Eastern and Western philosophies by creating a personal visual language.

“I’m drawn to the fleeting nature of light,” said Pierotti. “The source of external and internalized appearances of color in materialized space. Recollected scenes and imagined scenes mingle like the smells, tastes and textures of memorable lives.”

Pierotti uses a cymascope, a device that can provide an analog image of sound and vibration, to create visual representations of musical notes. The self-taught visual artist, who holds a master’s degree in musical composition and musicology from the University of Utah, has also created musical works that match his visual works. Visitors to the Haley Gallery can experience Pierotti’s art more fully by focusing their smartphone camera on the QR codes that accompany the artworks. QR codes allow AMA guests to access and listen to Pierotti’s musical interpretations of his works via their smartphones. Links to his music are available at www.albanymuseum.com/the-way-of-life-ray-pierotti.

Mack’s multimedia art brings seemingly diverse realities into a balanced whole by transcending the taxonomies of the natural world and traditional art media. Originally from Charleston, SC, now residing in Atlanta, Mack has immersed himself for the past four years in the study of nature, plant propagation and architectural design.

As a multimedia artist, he has explored the use of a variety of materials, such as architectural blueprints, mineral-derived pigments, peat-free soil and natural fibers, recycled wrapping paper, dyes natural materials, ultraviolet synthetic screens, handmade paper. , and seeds from her home garden. This combination of materials represents a harmonic vision of perfectly intertwined natural plant systems and geometric composition.

“The relationship to nature and art is based on pattern, rhythm, shape, form and composition,” Mack said. “These elements are integral to the work I do, and they can be used to describe both nature and art.”

Learn more about Mack and hear him discuss his life and work in a series of videos available on the Albany Museum of Art YouTube channel. Links to this video series as well as Mack’s Feb. 23 artist talk at the AMA can be found at www.albanymuseum.com/ordo-naturalis-eric-mack.

Interdisciplinary artist from Statesboro Huang, Assistant Professor of 2D Foundations at Georgia Southern University, explores self-identity in her multimedia installation, “Prismatic.” Just as a prism separates light into different facets, individuals exhibit different aspects of their overall selves in different interactions with others.

“A different version of you exists in the minds of your family, friends, coworkers, strangers, and digital audiences; none encompasses your full identity,” Huang said. “Rather, each of these fragments comes together to paint a more complete picture of ‘you’.”

Huang’s glitch-inspired painting and self-portrait, which combines paintings with active video projections, investigates the longing, failure, and dissonance associated with portraying an idealized self for largely digital audiences. The artist/educator discussed her work with those who attended her multimedia prismatic painting workshop she led last month at the AMA.

‘African Artifacts of Spirituality and Identity’ offers the first view of the AMA’s permanent collection since the storms of January 2017. The artwork comes from the part of the collection that had been housed in the High Museum of Atlanta before returning to the AMA in October 2020.

“The artifacts in this exhibit demonstrate a variety of spiritual influences in West African cultures, such as the Yoruba in Nigeria, the Dan in Liberia, the Guro in Côte d’Ivoire, and more,” said the director of WADA Curatorial Affairs, Katie Dillard. “Many of the masks on display were once used in a variety of masquerade dances in their respective homelands to appeal to the spirits for protection and ask for blessings.

“Some masks were used to initiate young members into society, an important step in an individual’s journey to maturity. Traditional West African religions are steeped in the belief that spirits inhabit natural forms , such as trees, or created objects, such as masks, or figurative sculptures. These objects are made to honor ancestors and ensure proximity to protective spirits.”

AMA members and visitors will soon be able to see the Albany Museum of Art‘s permanent collection on a larger scale in exhibits opening next month. Last week, the rest of the Albany Museum of Art’s permanent collection returned from the Conservation Center in Chicago. With the full collection finally home, the AMA will celebrate the return of the artworks by dedicating all galleries to a special summer exhibition of the collection. “Escape Plan”, a permanent installation by Athenian artist and musician Elinore Saragoussi in the West Gallery, is also part of the AMA’s collection.

Details on the summer exhibitions will be announced soon.

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