Anthony Graves, an artist who is also a visiting lecturer at Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, is a hero to those who want to see the gown brought downtown. Unafraid to show high-quality visual art in and around the Commons, Graves has participated in the Downtown Ithaca Alliance’s monthly Gallery Night, the Working Relationship’s to Let program, and John Criscitello’s Video / Art / Ithaca at Sfumato Gallery.
This week however, Graves shows at his home court, so to speak, on the Cornell University Campus. This is not to be missed. The last time Graves had a piece on campus, it was among a bakers’ dozen of works displayed at the Johnson Art Museum; before that, he built a wall and curated a party.
Graves work is always provocative, entertaining and compelling. Sometimes it involves words. Here’s his description of his show, currently on display at Tadjen Gallery.
“Small Crafts consists of two new works using digital photography, sculpture, and cinematic convention to re-contextualize existing sites of value production and display into a mise-en-scène of speculative dreams deferred. The installation carries the sad tale of the raft of the Méduse as told by its surgeon, Henri Savigny, placing his story of mutiny and cannibalism in the context of the ongoing financial crisis. The material nature of time is invoked through the rotating form of a contemporary newspaper and a sequence of manipulated prints of the Financial Times.”
Exhibition runs March 29 – April 2nd.
Hours: 9AM–6PM, M–F
Reception: 5PM, April 1
Olive Tjaden Hall, 1st floor.
Anthony Graves is an artist and writer based in Ithaca and Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited works in New York, Boston, and Copenhagen in venues such as Artists Space, Exit Art, Art in General, and Oni Gallery. In 2004–05 he was a fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program, and in 2009 received his MFA from Cornell University. He is currently a visiting lecturer at Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, and is a recent recipient (as Camel Collective) of the Danish Arts Council’s International Visual Arts (DIVA) residency grant co-sponsored by KRAN Film Collective. He will be participating in the upcoming exhibition Modifications at the Århus Kunstbygning in November 2010.