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Binghamton faculty collaborate for Roberson exhibition

Binghamton University faculty Don DeMauro, Ronald Gonzalez and Ken Jacobs have joined together in an exhibition at Roberson Museum and Science Center that highlights their response to historical and contemporary atrocities. Titled “Transmigrations,” the collaborative installation will be on exhibit through November 5 and is intended to parallel Roberson’s showing of “Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story,” a touring exhibit reflecting the Holocaust.

A series of paintings and sculptures by DeMauro, associate professor of art, relates the human figure to aspects of nature and culture while probing the psychological roots of oppression and genocide. “This project proposes an activist’s response, a clinical seeing and knowing itself being observed, an act of criticism and self-criticism,” said DeMauro. “Art bears witness, ‘This I saw.’”
Gonzalez, professor of art, has created a series of small-and mid-scale figures in wax, plaster and metal with a rusted oxidized finish suggesting transience and evanescence. According to Gonzalez, the work is built from emotional and psychological associations and sculptural possibilities of the body. “Only by making the body physically through material and the process of sculpture can I express a sense of emotion and human presence needed to connect moments of coming into being with elements of decay and dissolution,” he said.

The work of Jacobs, distinguished Bartle professor of cinema, is represented by a series of recent short films shown continuously in a theater within the installation gallery. Largely abstract and accompanied by sound effects and contemporary music, the films include a historic photograph of a European family that could represent a universal image of a people targeted by the Holocaust. Jacobs points out that there is no aspect of life not touched in some way by the events of the Holocaust.

Roberson is located at 30 Front Street in Binghamton. For more information, call 607-772-0660 or visit www.roberson.org.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08