GENEVA, NY – Two art exhibits will be on display this month at the Houghton House Gallery on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The two artists, A. E. Ted Aub and Isaac Sands, will be present for a joint reception from 7 until 9 p.m. on Friday, January 15, in the Houghton House Gallery.
One exhibit features the work of Hobart and William Smith art professor A. E. Ted Aub, who will showcase eight bronze sculptures in the South Gallery. Aub’s sculptures include figurative works that are often found in paired combinations. In some cases the figures are identical but positioned as opposites, and in other cases the paired figures are bound together in a narrative arrangement but are not identical. Bronze birds on and around the sculptures are a part of the work and the cryptic titles, such as O stone be not sO, are to be understood as palindromes.
The most recognizable of Aub’s figurines will likely be the model he was commissioned by New York State to design in tribute of the women’s suffrage movement. The monument, titled When Anthony Met Stanton, portrays Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Amelia Bloomer. Aub’s prototype was unveiled this summer by Gov. George E. Pataki at the 150th anniversary of the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls. The life-size creation is scheduled to be completed and dedicated at a site in Seneca Falls in October.
An award-winning sculptor, Aub has been a member of the Colleges faculty since 1981. He holds a master of fine arts in sculpture from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York, and a bachelor of fine arts in painting from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He also attended Brooklyn Museum Art School.
The other exhibit, which will be displayed simultaneously, includes 20 paintings created by visiting artist Isaac Sands, called “Selected Works of Isaac Sands from 1996 – Present.” Sands holds a master of fine arts degree from Yale School of Art, a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, and a graduate certificate in art from the University of California. He has taught art at various universities across the country including the Cleveland Institute of Art, Indiana University, and the New York Academy of Art.
Sands pieces are abstract in nature, mostly small oil paintings on canvas, but they also include four, large, four-foot-by-five-foot creations. He says the paintings have been mostly based on his natural surroundings where he lives in the Catskill Mountains.
“Though seemingly ‘abstract,’ the work remains at the interest of creating something supremely real and resonant, with deep roots in the visual world around me. The work metaphorically refers to trees, hedges, thickets, the density of forests, the entanglements of branches, to a sense of wovenness and organic growth, to the values of fluidity and flux,” Sands says of his paintings.
The exhibits will be on display from January 8 – 29, and are free and open to the public. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Houghton House Gallery can be reached at 315: 781-3487.