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State of the City 2010

August 6, 2010 - September 19, 2010

State of the City 2010 is a group exhibition featuring Trevor Flynn, Amy Casey, and Spectres of Liberty. The exhibition engages artists, creative professionals, and the public in considering the history and envisioning the future of upstate cities.

About the Artists

Amy Casey's small detailed paintings present fantastical and impossible urban landscapes. These intriguing and scary rust belt zones, residential, and industrial structures take on personality, muster their collective humanity, and seem to be fighting for their own life. From what? Though optimism and playfulness can be found, it all seems to be teetering on the brink. It is no surprise that Casey's work is "inspired by natural and unnatural disasters, personal fiascoes and the never ending stream of bad news coming in from the media..."

Trevor Flynn is a British artist and educator known as a proponent and instigator of drawing and idea generation within the creative industries and education. His ideas have been honed through participation in London's Big Draw, his own Sketchmob UK, and his teaching through Drawing at Work. Community drawings and sketch models resulting from workshops led by Flynn are exhibited as part of State of the City 2010.

Spectres of Liberty is an ongoing public hybrid media project by Dara Greenwald, Josh MacPhee, and Olivia Robinson, in collaboration with The Art School in the Art School (Joanna Spitzner). Their practice combines expanded cinema, relational aesthetics, and situated and community practices, as well as digital animation, video, inflatable sculpture, web, text, and print. Spectres of Liberty considers the history of abolition in the US, and the presence of this history in Upstate NY. Spectres of Liberty presents sculpture and documentation from their recent works.