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Art, Glorious Art at This Year’s ‘Crawl’

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Karen Levitov, director and curator of the Zuccaire Gallery and professor of practice in the Art Department, welcomed a record number of faculty, students and staff to the ninth annual Art Crawl. All photos by Georgia LaMair Tomczak and Amber Lewis.

Record numbers of faculty, staff, students and community members flocked to the Wang Center, Zuccaire Gallery and Simons Center November 8 to view innovative and thought-provoking paintings, sketches, sculptures and videos as part of the Fall 2023 semester’s Art Crawl. One exhibit even featured clocks on a wall showing what time it was on different planets!

If you didn’t get to go (or even if you did), the exhibits will continue to be on view until December 8 (Simons Center for Geometry and Physics), December 10 (Charles B. Wang Center) and February 22 (Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery).

“The collaborative effort of university galleries created an immersive and educational journey through various exhibitions,” said Jinyoung Jin, director of Asian Art and Culture at the Wang Center, where the whirlwind tour began.

Ink Reimagined

At Wang, “Art enthusiasts were treated to an enriching guided gallery tour of the mesmerizing exhibition, Park Dae Sung: Ink Reimagined,” said Jin. “Attendees gained a deeper understanding of the artist’s unique approach to ink art — exploring how his reimagining of traditional techniques has resulted in a captivating fusion of the contemporary and the classical.”

Along with Jin, the tour was led by esteemed local artist Sungsook Hong Setton, who shared anecdotes and interpretations that shed light on the intricate details and symbolism embedded in Sung’s creations.

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Participants enjoying the Wang Center exhibition, ‘Park Dae Sung: Ink Reimagined.’

“Sutton’s keen observations and artistic expertise added layers of richness to the tour,” said Jin. “Visitors were able to connect with Park Dae Sung’s works on a more personal and emotive level. And attendees were encouraged to engage in thoughtful dialogues, fostering a dynamic exchange of perspectives and enhancing the overall gallery experience.”

Showcasing Our Own Talent

From Wang, participants stepped outside just a few steps for stop two of the tour, the Zuccaire Gallery. In this exhibition, Stony Brook University’s Department of Art studio faculty got to showcase, and explain, their own art.

“We had a record audience of nearly 70 visitors, who enjoyed the opportunity to hear five of the 23 artists speak about their diverse work — from sound and video to drawing, photography and an AI-assisted graphic musical score,” said Karen Levitov, director and curator of the Zuccaire Gallery and professor of practice in the Department of Art. “It was exciting to be able to share our own faculty’s talent. Also to see the incredible interest among the community, both inside and outside the university, who asked questions and provided their own comments and feedback.”

Participants also got to see undergraduate student work in an Experimental Printmaking exhibition in the Department of Art’s second floor hallways in Staller.

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Lorena Salcedo-Watson discusses her work at the faculty exhibition.

An Out-of-this-World Experience

A short walk across campus landed participants at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (SCGP) where they got to revel in COSMIC RHYTHM and BANG — an exhibit featuring modern artists Ander Mikalson and Katie Paterson. Several major artworks by Mikalson (born 1983, American) and Paterson (born 1981, Scottish) were on view in the gallery — work that represents the result of rigorous research and collaborations beyond the field of visual art. Inspired by the cosmos, their work exemplifies human connection to astronomical data through choral music, timekeeping, poetry and miniature explosions.

Lorraine Walsh, art director for the SCGP and professor of practice in art, spoke about the works, saying, “Mikalson and Patterson are artists that represent astronomical scientific concepts in artworks that are at once beautiful, skillfully crafted and poetically rich… The night sky has mesmerized humans since there was any form of artistic or written record. Our hope is the different approaches presented in this exhibit will inspire visitors to continue expanding their knowledge of the universe.”

The campus-wide Art Crawl takes place each semester. Those involved in making the exhibits such a success said they are excited to showcase more art at their venues, including additional opportunities for campus and local communities to engage and enjoy.

— Ellen Cooke

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