The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College announces Field Elevations, a solo exhibit of video, sound and photographs by Providence, RI-based artist Ed Osborn on view from October 24 to December 7. A free artist talk will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, followed by a reception for the artist from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Teaching Gallery.
Osborn’s videos, still imagery and sound works present quietly meditative images and environments awash in contrasts and contradictions. Slow, repetitive movements cycle throughout his video works without end or product, while the soundtracks offer diverging explorations. By electing to either unite the audio and visuals or to shift attention between these elements, the audience is able to stake out their own territory of experience.
Though the works are meditative and beautiful, Osborn’s subject matter ranges from the industrial to the banal. While the images of industrial boat lifts, people endlessly traversing a jetty and auto races all rely on movement and time, Osborn’s pieces suggest a timelessness that carries them out of the realm of the quotidian and hints at the sublime.
Ed Osborn was born in Helsinki, Finland and grew up in Philadelphia, Pa. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and an MFA from Mills College. A 2012 artist-in-residence at EMPAC in Troy, Osborn has exhibited extensively with solo exhibits at Issue Project Room, NY; Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Radio Brandenburg-Berlin Klanggalerie in Berlin, Germany and Artspace in Sydney, Australia, among many others. He is an assistant professor of Visual Art at Brown University in Providence, RI, where he lives and works.
Founded in 2001, the Teaching Gallery has presented more than 50 exhibits and lectures by contemporary professional artists of regional, national and international standing, as well as annual exhibitions by students in Hudson Valley’s highly regarded Fine Arts and Digital Media programs. Since 2007, the gallery has been housed in the award-winning Administration Building, designed by Architecture+ of Troy, NY. Through its exhibitions, the gallery serves as a learning laboratory for students in the Fine Arts and Digital Media degree programs and Gallery Studies students, providing hands-on experience organizing, installing and maintaining exhibitions.
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Teaching Gallery exhibits are supported by the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications with assistance from the Office of Cultural Affairs. All exhibits are installed and assisted by students in Gallery Management classes. The Teaching Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Administration Building.