Date: 23rd October, 2017 from 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Info: Opening Reception: Friday, September 22, 2017, 5:00-8:00pm; artist talk: 6:00pm.
Rochester artists Heather Layton and Allen Topolski combine delicate drawings and absurd assemblages into a discourse on contemporary culture. Their exhibition Coping Mechanisms proposes instruments that may be employed to overcome disruptions to the moral order. The artworks function as imagined safeguards and safety-nets fashioned for the current social and political climate. The mechanisms are not new, nor is the need to have them. Some of them appear worn and old while others appear in the early stages of development – a testament to the unfortunate fact that they have been needed before and will be needed again.
Heather Layton is an artist and senior lecturer of art at the University of Rochester, where she teaches courses in painting and socially engaged art. She has presented her work across the United States and in countries including Turkey, Slovakia, South Korea, Canada, Hungary, Austria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Oman, and India. Her exhibitions have been featured in the New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Huffington Post, Pakistan Today, and in Popular Science magazine. In 2015, Layton started the Common Sense Collective with her husband and collaborator, Brian Bailey, as a cross-disciplinary initiative to find common ground between seemingly different groups of people through artistic, global exchange.
Allen C. Topolski is interested in the reconfiguration of materials and objects so as to alter the historical frameworks through which they operate. Raised in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania, Topolski attended Bucknell University and Penn State University. He is a teacher and practicing artist an Associate Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.
Topolski has exhibited his work at Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY and he has been included in shows at San Jose Museum of Art, CA, Moreau Art Gallery, the Salina Art Center, Colgate University and Grounds for Sc