Earthly is not a landscape show as the title might imply, but more about the body, our terrestrial selves, and the sensual. The themes of Earthly were originally determined in a pre-pandemic world, but as COVID-19 took over, these themes became more pronounced. Nature infuses the works in the exhibition, but the notion of Earthly upends common ideas of nature or landscape as a world out there to be mined, discovered or preserved. Earthly’s themes of regeneration and renewal hold out hopeful messages for our students, who, inherit a climate crisis they didn’t create but must nevertheless fix.
The artists in Earthly cycle through, tend to, revisit and renegotiate materials, even returning to remake or reconfigure the same piece again and again. In this way, they speak to the flexibility and openness to process that we all are called to embrace in these uncertain times.
Artists: Julie Evans, Laleh Khorramian, Meg Lipke, Odessa Straub and Tamara Zahaykevich
Co-curated by Associate Professor of Art Susan Meyer and Esther Massry Gallery Manager Erin Sickler.
See 2021 Events page for information about related Earthly events!
NOTES: Free and open to the public. Visitors must call the gallery phone at 518-337-2390 to gain entrance to the building. Due to Covid-19 precautions all gallery visitors are asked to fill out this simple survey. Masks and social distancing required.
Tamara Zahaykevich, Avo, 2009, spray foam insulation, decoupage, pedestal, 19 x 15 x 12”, courtesy of the artist.
Meg Lipke, Garden Gates II, 2020, acrylic, fabric dye and beeswax on muslin, polyester fill, 103 x 103 x 5”, courtesy of the artist and Broadway Gallery, NYC;
Laleh Khorramian, I Without End, 2008, time lapse animation, color with sound, single channel, 6:45 min, courtesy of the artist and SEPTEMBER gallery;
Julie Evans, Twolip, 2012, assembled pieces of cut and painted mylar, ink, tape on paper, 15 x 12”, courtesy of the artist;
Odessa Straub, Supplemental Soul Suppository, 2019, Wood, mohair, silk velvet, rope, canvas, upholstery foam, thong, glass cloche, aquarium substrate, Plexiglas, plants, water., 29.5 x 71 x 31”, courtesy of the artist and SEPTEMBER gallery;
Lectures at the Esther Massry Gallery
The Gallery hosts numerous lectures by artists, curators and other prominent figures in the art world. Check out the YouTube channel of recent and past events!