Two new art exhibitions were recently unveiled at a reception at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House.
Recurrent: Prints & Artist’s Books by Amanda Maciuba is on display at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House until Friday, Feb. 28. Maciuba’s work is concerned with the landscapes, communities, development practices and environmental issues prevalent through the United States. Recurrent includes a large print installation that was started in Eastern Kansas after she spent time researching remnants of original and re-created prairies and wetlands throughout the region. Since moving to the Western Massachusetts and Upstate New York, the collection has evolved to include responses to the landscapes and communities she currently lives in.
In her artist statement, Maciuba says her work, “Considers how humans influence and attempt to change, destroy and recreate the natural environments around them.”
A native of the Buffalo, N.Y., area, Maciuba received a degree in visual studies from the University at Buffalo and a master’s of fine arts in printmaking from the University of Iowa. She has shown her work at the Carnegie Art Center, the Western New York Book Arts Collaborative and the University at Buffalo Art Gallery.
In d(ov)etail, created by HWS Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Alysia Kaplan and HWS Assistant Professor of German Area Studies Ashwin Manthripragada, two found worlds interlock: a box of a stranger’s slides and a box of discarded books. The installation of slide projection, newspaper and website — an amalgamation and culmination of three separate installations — emphasizes cultural production bound to media temporality. d(ov)etail is on display in the Solarium at Houghton House until Wednesday, Feb. 26; a second reception will be held on that date from 5-7 p.m.
Kaplan earned a bachelor’s in contemporary illustrative photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a master’s of fine arts in print media from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Manthripragada holds a Ph.D. in German from University of California, Berkeley.
Davis Gallery at Houghton House is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 315-781-3483 for more information.