Gallery Q Archives – 2017 December

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Take The Long Way Home

December 1, 2017 to January 25, 2018

Opening Reception: December 1, 2017 (First Friday) from 6pm to 9pm

ImageOut and Gallery Q are joining forces once again. Take the Long Way Home features recent work by Nancy Topolski and Allen C. Topolski. This show marks the first time these two artists, a married couple, have exhibited their work together.

Allen’s works from the “Things I Used to Need” series are attempts to relate imagery and representation to objects and function along a delicate line of comprehension – a line like the remaining one connecting us to what we have almost forgotten. The art that Nancy is exhibiting is resourced from the Visual Studies Workshop’s Soibelman Syndicate New Agency Archive as well as her own collection of materials pulled from old textbooks and vernacular photographs.

Both artists are interested in the ways materials dictate their production. They incorporate found materials and a variety of processes in the reconfiguration of objects and images. These works and their parts and pieces, these images and their sources and ghosts, all attest to the artists’ desires, taste, and place in the world – they are indicators of the personal and the cultural.  Because many of their works impel tenuous associations with the familiar, they situate comfortably in a place best accessed through memory and notions of place.

Nancy studied Art at Bucknell University and Education at Saint John Fisher College. She has taught classes and workshops in the Rochester region for over 20 years focusing on collage, felting, cold-glass processes, bookmaking and many alternative practices. She has taught workshops at Suny Brockport University and University of Rochester, as well classes at The Memorial Art Gallery’s Creative Workshop, The Rochester Museum and Science Center and the JCC of Greater Rochester. She was an artist in resident at Rochester’s Makers Space and more recently at the Visual Studies Workshop.

Allen attended Bucknell University and Penn State University.  He is Associate Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester. Topolski has exhibited his work at Hallwalls in Buffalo NY, San Jose Museum of Art, CA, Moreau Art Gallery, the Salina Art Center, Colgate University and Islip Art Museum on Long Island.