Sarah Knobel Gallery Talk

Sarah Knobel Gallery Talk on Subject-Object Exhibition

Sarah Knobel, Associate Professor of Art & Art History, in January 2022 curated an art exhibit named "Subject-Object" at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery. In combination with the Exhibit, she also gave a gallery talk on Monday, February 7, 2022, describing the artwork and her intention with the Exhibit. Scroll down for a set of photos taken at the event.

From her Curator's Statement:

"When looking through St. Lawrence University’s photography collection, I noticed that much of the portraiture felt like something else: not portraits per se, but still lives; representations of ideas, not individuals; discussions of form rather than narrative. The objects people carried or interacted with while being photographed often communicated more about the individual than any traditional likeness, which prompted me to find images that navigate between the realms of portraiture and still life.

As a result, the works selected span the many spaces between animate and inanimate, and in many images these worlds collide. When does portraiture render as an object? And, when does an inanimate object transform into life?

The exhibition Subject-Object pulls from five queries: subject as a composition, subject’s significance through objects, figures characterized as objects, objects representing human narratives, and objects without humanization."

The gallery exhibit includes work from many contemporary artists as well as work from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery. A website in combination with the exhibit can be found at ( ). The website includes detail photos of each work, photos of the installation of the Exhibit, and biographies for each artist. An Instagram account for the show, @sub.obj, and @sknobel (Sarah's personal Instagram account) will feature additional images related to the show.

The Exhibit runs from Wednesday, January 19, 2022 through Saturday, February 26, 2022. The gallery is free and open to the public during the academic year. It is closed for University breaks.

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