State of the City - 2010

Exhibition Runs: Aug 6 - Sep 19, 2010
Patron Preview: Aug 5, 6-8pm
     Members of CoCo (Contemporary Collectors at RoCo)
Public Participatory Drawing/ Sketch Crawl: Aug 6, 4 - 10pm
     Contribute to the exhibition and share your vision
Opening Reception: Aug 6, 6-10pm
Artists' Talk: Aug 8, 1pm
Bicycle Tour of Street Art
: Aug 15, 1pm *rain or shine
PARK(ing) Day & Closing Party
: Sep 17, 10am - 10pm
     Transform parking spaces into parks


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

Review - CITY Newspaper [Link] [PDF]
Amy Casey Interview by Geoff Graser

  Trevor Flynn
British artist / educator Trevor Flynn is 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. Flynn will give a public lecture (June 17th at Memorial Art Gallery) and lead several workshops. Community drawings and sketch models resulting from these workshops will be exhibited as part of State of the City.

20 Fresh Perceptions: Uncommon Sense and the Visual Imagination
traces the process of successful designers, engineers, architects and artists, in a creative cycle of imaginative observation, transformation, and application of new ideas. The talk richly illustrates creative processes used to visualize forms that do not already exist.

Public Participatory Drawing/ Sketch Crawl

Friday August 6, 2010 main location/ meet-up location RoCo, 4pm - 10pm. Bring your own sketchbook if you have one, something to draw with, or use provided materials. Contribute to the State of the City Exhibition and participate in drawing as a way to think about community, architecture and urban issues. As part of the crawl, go to Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) where artist Karen Brummund will be installing a drawing to scale on the façade of their historic building. Unique sketch paper will be provided to sketchcrawlers on-site as part of the exhibition at VSW. Participants will be encouraged (but not required) to add their drawings to the State of the City Exhibition. You do not have to be an experienced artist to contribute.

  Amy Casey

Casey's paintings "document [her] love of both the urban landscape, and small twisted creatures." 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..."

Extensive interview with Amy Casey by Geoff Graser.

  Spectres of Liberty
Spectres of Liberty is an on-going public, hybrid media project by Dara Greenwald, Josh MacPhee, and Olivia Robinson in collaboration with Art School in the Art School (Joanna Spitzner). Their practice combines expanded cinema, relational aesthetics, situated and community practices, as well as media such
as digital animation, video, inflatable sculpture, web, text, and print. Spectres of Liberty considers the history of the movement to abolish slavery in the United States and the presence of this history in Upstate NY today. Spectres of Liberty will present sculpture and documentation from their recent works in Troy, NY and Syracuse, NY.

PARK(ing) Day - September 17th @ RoCo
Originally created by Rebar, San Francisco art and design collective, PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens independently but simultaneously temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks. PARK(ing) Day will serve as a departure point for Trevor Flynn's "Re-Envisioning PARK(ing) Day: Idea Generation Workshop" at RoCo (Saturday June 26th @ 1pm). Rochester Contemporary Art Center will again organize several "Parks" in front of our main gallery on September 17th, including the debut of an all new project by Architecture.

PARK(ing) Day website

Underwritten by:      
Hamilton AV
This exhibition is funded in part by grants from:
The New York State Council on the Arts
The Rochester Area Community Foundation
The Mary S. Mulligan Charitable Trust, and
The Foster Charitable Trust.