September 18th - October 11th, 2014Opening Reception: Thursday, September 18th 5-9pm
Saturday, October 4th 2-4pm
Work by Larry Sykes.
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Studio Z/Gallery Z Director Berge Ara Zobian presents a third solo exhibit by esteemed artist, photographer and educator, Larry Sykes.
The keynote of this new exhibit is the artist's focus on the human aspect in these particular photographic essays. One of the series on display will be "Where a War Was", capturing the war in Eritrea through photographs. A wide diversity of other series will be shown, photographic journeys in Rhode Island and Providence, other U.S. cities, the Dominican Republic, Africa and Brazil.
For over fifty years Sykes has captured the world's societies in his camera. In his words, "Material culture is a reflection of identity that mirrors a character that is congealed, accentuated, or masked. The photographer looks beyond the mask. He re-envisions and constructs alternative social possibilities that mediate contradictions in material forms and social cultures. In return, the viewer is compelled to confront the layered meanings that objects assume, as they are seen through a single lens with multiple dimensions." Storytelling is Sykes objective in creating his art. Each cultural artifact has an inseparable identity that ties itself to society, but as there is no direct route from the material object to the social history, it is up to the storyteller to connect history to memory, which Sykes encapsulates through photography.
He is at the same time a photographer, archaeologist, and material culturalist. Everyday structures are imbued with deeper implications through his camera's lens.
Sykes (b.1931) is a retired professor of art at Rhode Island College, where he developed the college's photography concentration curriculum. He received his masters at Pratt Institute, New York, and his undergraduate degree from Morgan, where he became Director of the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center. He later taught at New York University, the College of Art in Kumasi, Ghana, and the Parsons School of Design West Africa Program. Later, Sykes served as commissioner for the Rhode Island Council of the Arts. His works have appeared in numerous books, journals, and museums worldwide, including commissions for the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
"The amazing Larry Sykes, a professor to many and a mentor to most, crosses the intellectual landscape through powerful images, haunting experiences and an iron clad sense for historic perspective.... with the wisdom of a cunning shaman, the artist will take you through a personalized journey ..."
Angelo Marinosci, Jr., Art Critic / Photographer