Western New York is rich with talented, adventurous artists, who employ a variety of styles and media. In the 2020 edition of the Monroe and Vicinity Biennial, we celebrate four artists from our region: Bob Doyle, Perry; Dusty Herbig, Syracuse; Olivia Kim, Rochester; and Luvon Sheppard, Rochester. PLEASE NOTE: During the Fall 2020 semester, the Gallery will only be open to students, faculty, and staff. Unfortunately, we will not be able to be open to the general public. However, a virtual tour of the exhibition can be found here: https://vimeo.com/469527265. The link will be live through November 29, 2020.
Doyle’s photographs catalogue the various street- and landscapes he encounters during his journey through life. As atmospheric and evocative as they may be, this particular photographer doesn’t overthink the process. He puts it this way: “I make pictures, I don't take them, or capture them or whatever... I make them... I stand in a place, select a camera, f-stop, shutter speed, lens, point it in a direction, and push the button. Then the work starts... I make pictures!”
Sheppard’s paintings reflect his involvement in Rochester community life. He is known for his watercolor street scenes and portraits of local African-American heroes, including abolitionist Frederick Douglass, choreographer and dancer Garth Fagan, and community activist Mildred Johnson.
Herbig’s current research seeks to expose contradictions regarding power and energy. Whether questioning origins of power (sun, fossil fuels, votes), the laws humans break in order to obtain power (surveillance, land-grabbing, war), or the ramifications of the prospecting for power (environmental degradation, famine, global warming, overpopulation), the work seeks to open dialogue about what exactly power means to divergent populations around the globe.
After starting a successful sculpture business in Italy, Kim “felt unsure and random because I felt my artistic voice was still undeveloped. Once I realized that I could make my living in Italy, I realized I was tired of it and came back to Rochester.” In Rochester, she has a studio in the Hungerford Building, a collective housing artists who make art in all media. Working in that sort of environment, Kim feels “it’s important to believe that people want to support the arts and to take on some of the responsibility myself. I try to support other artists by publicizing their art classes through the Rochester Art Club.” Her inspiration is drawn from “the unfolding mystery of everyday life. Really, it fascinates me. I love silly things and insignificant miracles. [But] I do things for the love of beauty.”