Norte Maar in affiliation with North Country Cultural Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the exhibition titled Metaphor in Structure, featuring three of Plattsburgh’s most promising emerging artists. On exhibit will be new works by painter James Juron, sculptor James Ryan, and video artist Ryan J. Wilson.
Throughout the history of art, artists have referenced symbols, played with allegories, and channeled myths to create personal notations–illusions of the world–furthering insight into the human psyche and offering comparisons to the physical world. These three emerging artists, use distinctly different modes of expression: for Juron it is paint, for Ryan it is sculpture, and for Wilson it is video. Their work is representative of unique minds, skilled hands, and experienced eyes, yet each has a similar accent: their allusion to metaphor.
James Juron, a recent graduate from the painting program at SUNY Plattsburgh, paints figures straddled by architecture. “They are a combination of the psychological and the observed,” he describes. Mr. Juron’s dark paintings, elicit an inner light playing on psychological depictions of states of being: hope, despair, grace, and absence.
James Ryan, a recent graduate from the sculpture program at SUNY Plattsburgh, will present new works in steel. “The strongest feelings I have about my work are linked to its reality and sense of urgency,” Mr. Ryan states. His sculpture plays on our perception of various materials and questions their purposes, abilities, attributes, and strengths.
Ryan J. Wilson studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, and his videos have been featured at the Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, New York City. Always poignant and often political, Mr. Wilson presents a new film, “Oil is Blood,” which uses original footage from the National Archives in College Park, MD. This is the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts’ first video installation ever.