171 Cedar Arts Center
171 Cedar Street
CorningNY  14830
e-Newsletter Sign Up
e-Newsletter
Sign Up

Events

<January 2014>
SMTWTFS
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 
Today


Salvaged: Exhibit Opening
171’s Houghton Gallery
Jan 17  5:00 - 7:00 PM

Salvaged: Outsider Art in the Southern Tier of New York
An exhibit of rural, outsider art

The Opening Reception for artists and community will include an introductory address by curator Dr. Constance Sullivan-Blum, as well as artist talks by featured artists Kev Card and Tom “Holy Moses” Kerr, and comments from family of the deceased artists.
 

Amos Oakden was a recluse who lived in a one-room shack without electricity or running water. He was functionally illiterate and made a living selling scrap material. His artwork was made using magic markers to paint on the scraps he could not sell. His house was also his canvas as he painted, carved and drew on every surface. Though Amos was very poor and he lived a solitary life, his work has a mysterious and haunting quality reminiscent of world class artists. 

Bob Smith created a fantasy landscape on his property which he called The Land of Broken Dreams. It was a huge installation of pieces assembled to express, by turns, longing, fear and humor. He also painted and carved salvaged materials for his installation. 

Kev Card is a local farmer and a self-taught artist. Kev has watched as his grandfather’s land and animals have slowly been sold off over the years. His artwork focuses on the animals and landscapes of his family farm. His work is obsessed with a sense of place. He has created a mammoth replica of his grandfather’s farm in 1/16th scale from scraps, veneer and toys. 

Martha Robertshaw was married to a disabled, house bound WWI vet. Determined to bring the outside in, Martha painted murals on every surface inside the house including the ceiling. Her murals are idyllic landscapes tinged with nostalgia, but they also have a suffocating emotional quality. Like the other artists, she was self-taught and used the materials at hand.  

Tom Kerr calls himself “Holy Moses.” He has made his living picking trash to sell in flea markets and junk shops. Like Amos, he has created artwork on some of these scavenged materials. His work returns obsessively to the landscape in which he lives. It has a primitive yet vibrant graphic quality. 

Exhibit Programming will include:

All events will take place at 171 Cedar Arts Center, Corning, NY and are free and open to the public. The site is handicap accessible. 

January 17
The Opening Reception for artists and community will include an introductory address by curator Dr. Constance Sullivan-Blum, as well as artist talks by featured artists Kev Card and Tom “Holy Moses” Kerr, and comments from family of the deceased artists.
 

February 13
Film Screening and Panel: What is Outsider Art and Why Should We Care?
with Tedd Arnold and documentarian David Seehausen. 

Tedd Arnold is a noted author, illustrator, fine artist and Outsider Art collector. David Seehausen is a documentarian, curator and collector of Outsider Art. He has been videotaping prominent outsider artists like Lonnie Holley and Purvis Young since the 1990s. His work is in production for a PBS series expected in 2014. 

March 13
Presentation:  Picking and Scrapping to Get By: The Economy Supporting Rural Outsider Artists with curator Dr. Constance Sullivan-Blum.

Dr. Sullivan-Blum is a Cultural Anthropologist and the Folklorist at The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. She has been researching the lives and folk arts of the rural poor for seven years.

 

Return