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“Pictures Within Pictures”, works by Dan Cameron
June 16, 2021 - June 26, 2021
Pictures Within Pictures, an exhibition of collages and works on paper by Dan Cameron, runs from June 16 – 26, 2021. Artist’s reception: June 19, from 4 – 6 pm.
View recorded Online Talk with Dan Cameron from June 16th HERE.
About the Artist:
Although he is well-known in the contemporary art world as a curator, art writer and educator, Pictures Within Pictures will be Cameron’s debut exhibition as a fine artist. The works on view date from his return to art-making in late 2016, with increasing focus and attention on developing his studio work in the intervening years. Since late 2018, he has maintained a combination studio and office in Glens Falls, and all of the works on view were produced there.
Cameron links his collage-making to his curatorial practice, in part because they are connected through his process of acquiring art-related ephemera and fragments of visual culture for an ongoing art history archive, in the process accumulating images that aren’t archival material, but nonetheless possess a certain visual appeal.
He says: “I’ve worked steadily for forty years as curator — 32 of them without a parallel studio practice —, and I feel more attuned than ever to the knowledge that the production of visual knowledge simply carries on, irrespective of what platform is being used, or by whom. I’ve also come to understand that my deepest impulses as a curator have been to introduce viewers to forms of artistic expression that are able to surprise them, to produce dynamic & unexpected groupings of objects and environments, and to induce viewers to reflect on their own lived experience. Interestingly, my return to art-making these past five years can be understood as a case of me actually practicing what I preach, because I’m consistently amazed by how much my unconscious has to reveal about my own way of navigating reality, and how intricately bound up it is with the other work I’ve been making all along…
When the pandemic shut down much of the art world in March 2020, my collages became a lifeline to my own creativity. Multiple exhibitions I was working on had been postponed or worse, and a book I was scheduled to write was cancelled, so a lot of creative energy was going unspent at the same time that everyone’s activities became drastically more inner-directed. By May 2020, my Glens Falls studio had become a refuge, where I had the freedom to explore my thoughts and ideas without concerning myself with anybody’s eyes but my own. In the intervening year, I’ve begun to appreciate anew that in my collages I’m doing what most artists do, which is to create an imagined version of the world in order to mentally live inside it, and to seek meaning where all kinds of pictures are flowing in, out and around each other, and where I’ve been able to set aside the rarest and most intriguing examples for myself.”
Read Dan Cameron’s Full Artist’s Statement HERE.
Dan Cameron’s History with the Lake George Arts Project:
Dan worked summers as a college student in Lake George from 1975 to 1979, and volunteered the final two years for Lake George Arts Project under its founding director Beth Rowe.
For the 1979 exhibition Prospect Mountain Sculpture Show: An Homage to David Smith, Dan personally drove poet and art critic John Ashbery from his Hudson, NY home to the summit of Prospect Mountain and back again, with a glowing review of the exhibition by Ashbery in New York Magazine as the result. Read statement from LGAP founding director, Beth Rowe, about Dan and his work HERE.
Dan Cameron (b. 1956) grew up in Hudson Falls, NY, and graduated from HFHS in 1974, followed by studies at Syracuse University and Bennington College, where he earned a BA in 1979. Although this is his first solo exhibition as a visual artist, as a curator he has organized international exhibitions throughout the US, France, China, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Greece, Turkey, Sweden, Ireland, Portugal, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Ecuador and Taiwan. He has held senior curatorial positions at the New Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, and is the founder of Prospect New Orleans, which premiered in 2008 and will open its 5th edition in October 2021. He has authored hundreds of essays and articles on contemporary art, and taught at the graduate MFA faculties of Columbia University, NYU and School of Visual Arts, among others. In June 2021, Dan’s book on the paintings of Nicole Eisenman will be published by Lund Humphries (London). He currently divides his time between New York City and Glens Falls.
The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets in Lake George, NY. Our office hours are Wednesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm. Gallery hours same, but only during exhibition dates. Visit our calendar for more information.
This exhibition is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Town and Village of Lake George; Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation; 518 Profiles; the Glen & Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, and LGAP members. Please Join us today!
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