Current Exhibitions (on campus and downtown)
Paul Rucker: Rewind
August 31 – October 21, 2017
York College Galleries (Main Campus)
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 31, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Wolf Hall lobby
Artist Lecture: Thursday, August 31, 7:00 p.m., Cora Miller Gallery
Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician whose work integrates live performance, original compositions, and visual art to weave together a powerful historical narrative. REWIND, named “Best Solo Show 2015” and “#1 Art Show of 2015” by the Baltimore City Paper, includes handmade objects, video, photographs, sound art, original music compositions, and historical artifacts and documentation to offer a layered, multi-sensory investigation of human rights issues and basic human emotions. Rucker has received several prestigious grants, awards, and residencies. Most recently, he was named the first artist-in-residence at the National Museum of African American Culture and 2017 Guggenheim Fellow.
*Open with YCP ID or by appointment to those with a YCP affiliation
Martin Swift: CARNIS
September 1 – October 21, 2017
Gallery Hall (3rd Floor, Marketview Arts)
My work explores the nuances of masculinity in America. Due to unhealthy societal pressure to exhibit traditionally masculine traits like aggression, strength, dominance, courage, and honor males in the United States not only objectify other genders, but themselves as well. This creates something that I refer to as the Paradox of Manliness.
Objectification is presented in a range of symptoms. From body image issues and eating disorders to unhealthy competition, harassment, and violence.Pressures to adhere to a specific physical and intellectual aesthetic leave men feeling inadequate. The expectation that men confront the world impulsively and aggressively contributes to a cultural rejection of male empathy and compassion. My work depicts a spectrum of masculinity and emotional transparency. The paintings celebrate flesh, body modification, stretchmarks, and scars.
My work is a direct response to this Paradox, an acknowledgment of what lies beyond manliness.
Carnis is a collection of pieces that represent the evolution of this series.
Through painting and illustration, I seek to reframe the harsh void that exists between childhood and maturity as a world for the absurd. In crafting an abstract narrative punctuated by diverse visual cues and cultural imagery, I trust the viewer to resituate that which I render through figuration and create context and meaning for themselves. I approach my work with a sense of acute deliberateness and endeavor to present a complex map to my world of the weird.
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