There are many avenues in which messages can be delivered. There’s the old-fashioned way with “snail-mail,” or the technological mode with cell phones and e-mail. But art is another delivery style that may not always be as evident. In her exhibit entitled, “Montage of Attractions,” artist Jenny Snider utilizes art to convey her message.
Snider is a former teacher of studio art, having taught it for 46 years at Queens College, Columbia University, Pratt Institute and SUNY Purchase. She shared her talents to inspired students to create their own meaningful works of art. Though her current exhibit at Drew is primarily composed of paintings and ceramic pottery, Snider has years of experience with “drawing, sculpture, animated films, limited edition books and hand-drawn artists books,” according to the Drew website. Inspired by sources such as “popular culture, history, art and politics; from…abstraction to representations of natural and mechanical forms,” Snider has won numerable awards. The Drew website mentioned several awards Snider has received including a 2011-2012 Rome Prize in Visual Arts from the American Academy in Rome, and the 2006 President’s award for Excellence in Teaching from Queens College.
Walking into the exhibit, located in the Korn Gallery of the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts and curated by Assistant Professor of Art Claire Sherman, my eyes immediately were drawn to a large piece placed on the right wall. Entitled Agit-Prop Train; The Red Cossack (2013), this piece was created using acrylic, watercolor and pencil on a large canvas. To me, this piece encompassed the theme of the exhibit and included recurring techniques and details that could be observed in other pieces. For example, the exhibit seemed to encompass a specific color scheme—blacks, greys, tans, wisps of reds, greens and even some pinks. In almost all of the pieces, it could be seen that Snider dripped diluted paint from the top of the canvases and let it run down. Many of the pieces blended images with words, exemplifying the depth of what the artist was trying to say.
Snider’s message of course is subjective in the eyes of the viewer, as art has insightful ways of communicating. In the words of Aristotle, “the aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Exposure to all and any form of art can sometimes lend a new perspective, opening up horizons to new experiences.
The Korn Gallery will be setting the background for Snider’s “Montage of Attractions” Tuesdays through Fridays from 12:30-4 p.m. until March 15.