Erik Laffer

February 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Far from holding up a simple mirror of nature that is true or false, maps redescribe the world—like any other document—in terms of relations of power and of cultural practices, preferences, and priorities.”

J.B. Harley, The New Nature of Maps

I was born in Smithtown, New York, in 1982, and was the seventh of eight children. At the age of three, my family moved to a small town in upstate New York, where I lived until I was 14. Then we moved again, to Delmar, a suburb of Albany, New York. I have been moving ever since.

Given my nomadic background, it’s almost natural that I’ve come to express myself—rather look to shape my identity and better understand myself—in maps. While my early landscapes and figurative works were influenced by the rural environment I grew up in, as well as the feelings of isolation I felt as a child with a learning disability, the representational abstracts that make up my current Cartography Series are not so much a study of emotion, as my earliest works were, but more of a logical and experimental exploration of where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I hope to be tomorrow.

My goal with the Cartography paintings is to, as J.B. Harley writes, “redescribe the world,” or at least the small world of Erik Laffer. And just as there is a language of mapmaking, there is style and body of symbols in my paintings that define the landscape of each work and identify my struggle to understand self, family, home, and culture: boats, clocks, buildings, bridges, anatomy, arrows, and, among many others, lines, color, and texture.

There’s a popular expression: “you’ll learn more about a road by traveling it than by consulting all the maps in the world.”  While I recognize the truth in this, I also believe there is great value in history and charting where we have been and where we are going. And this is what my Cartography Series represents. After all, some roads—racism, sexism, classism, poverty, and all other forms of oppression and discrimination—are better to understand than experience.

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Constance Dodge

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Connie_DodgeFor twenty-three years, Dodge’s permanent exhibit space was the Amos Eno Gallery in New York City. Her work appears in many private collections, both nationally and internationally including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. and Artpool in Budapest Hungary. Her work has also appeared in New York Magazine and Fiberarts and Sculptors International. Regionally, she is a professional member of the the Guild of Adirondack Artists, the Adirondack Pastel Society, and a former Director and current member of the Oakroom Artists, a collective of artists since 1956.

During 2014 Dodge was invited to become a member of Micropolis, a Coop of professional artists in Gloversville, NY.  Her paintings can viewed and purchased at this gallery of diverse and exciting art.  Her work is also available at the Dodge House Lakeside Gallery in Edinburg, NY and at the SVAN Gallery, Northville, NY; both located on the Great Sacandaga Lake.

Ms Dodge’s education includes a BS in Art Education from Nazareth College of Rochester, an MFA with Distinction from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and two years of additional graduate study in art history at the State University of New York in Albany. Since 2008, she has studied pastel painting with Doug Dawson, Albert Handel, Pat Tribastone, and Robert Carstens.

Among her many honors is the distinction of being selected for a fellowship at the Millay Colony for the Arts. She also received a Special Opportunity Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and, in 2002, she was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant through the Saratoga County Arts Council. Dodge is the recipient of the 2003 Award in oil painting from the Cooperstown National juried art exhibit. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (2004-2008) and has received grants to teach painting and drawing in upstate New York. In 2009, Dodge was awarded an artist grant from the Saratoga County Arts Council. She was also awarded best Landscape in the 2010 Central Adirondack Show. In November of 2015, Dodge was commissioned to create two paintings for the new waiting room of Saratoga Hospital’s surgery wing.

Artist, Constance Dodge, has taught Fine Arts for thirty-one years. While the majority of her experience has been dedicated to developing the artistic talents of high school students, she spent two years teaching full time at Adirondack Community College. In addition, she has been an adjunct instructor at Sage Junior College, the College of Saint Rose, Empire State College, and Goddard College.

Constance Dodge
936 South Shore Road
Edinburg, New York 12134
518- 863- 2201
cdodgeart@roadrunner.com
www.constanceadodge.com

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