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Brush Art Gallery to Feature Two Exhibitions

St. Lawrence University’s Richard F. Brush Art Gallery will present two art exhibitions that will run from Jan. 20 to Feb. 22.

The first exhibition, titled “Hard-Edge Abstraction: Paintings and Works on Paper,” will feature St. Lawrence Associate Professor of Art and Art History Kasarian Dane as well as artists Ben Grant, Matthew Deleget, Brent Hallard, Gabriele Evertz and Richard Roth.

According to Dane, the works by this group of artists have a relationship to artists of the past and have been influenced by minimal and color-based work of the mid- to late-20th century, bringing a fresh, current perspective to a reductive way of working.

Two separate events will coincide with the Hard-Edge exhibition.

At 7 p.m. on Feb. 5, Matthew Deleget will deliver a lecture in Griffiths Arts Center 123. Deleget, of Brooklyn, N.Y., describes himself an abstract painter, curator, and arts worker. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and received awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, Brooklyn Arts Council, and The Golden Rule Foundation. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, Flash Art, Artnet Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Basler Zeitung, among others. For more information, visit www.matthewdeleget.com.

At 4:30 on Feb. 11, Ben Grant will deliver a lecture in the Brush Art Gallery. Grant earned his MFA form the University of Wisconsin-Madison last year and has had exhibitions in Wisconsin and New York. He says his paintings explore the potential for meaning in simple, bold, and colorful combinations of shape and dimension. For more information, visit www.bengrantart.com.

The second exhibition, titled “Strange Tales,” will include illustrations that were included in a recently completed six-volume translation of a series of short stories written by 18th-century Chinese writer Pu Songling.

The translation, completed by St. Lawrence University Piskor Professor of English Sidney L. Sondergard, includes 494 different stories, where readers will encounter supernatural creatures, natural disasters, magical aspects of Buddhist and Daoist spirituality and a wide range of Chinese folklore.

The first complete English translation features illustrations by St. Lawrence University alumni Alexandra Collins ’09, Leah Farrar ’11, Sarah Lawrence ’12, Megan Williams ’07 and Alexa Unser ’08. Sondergard’s final volume includes illustrations by St. Lawrence alumni Christopher Peterson ’05 and Erik Russell ’08 as well as current student Emma DayBranch ’16.

The gallery will host a book celebration, reading by Sondergard and reception at 4 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Brush Art Gallery.

For more information on the exhibits as well as artist statements and samples of the paintings and drawings, visit www.stlawu.edu/gallery.