Friday, November 19, 2010

Laura Jackett captures images of 'awe-inspiring' festival

Angel in the Desert
A new exhibit, “Burning Man Notes: Photographs of Laura Jackett,” will open Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Finger Lakes Community College Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34.

The opening at 1 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the gallery will be followed by an artist talk from 2 to 3 p.m. in room C404. A reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 10, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the art gallery.

The Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 is located on the first floor of the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. All events are free and open to the public.

The Burning Man Arts Festival is a world renowned event in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.  Jackett attended the festival in 2003 and 2005 and said she had never she seen such an awe-inspiring artistic community.

Artists from around the world make an annual pilgrimage to Burning Man to share their eclectic artistic expression. Dance, sculpture, theatrical productions and mobile installations are only a few of the one-of-a-kind media shared. None of the art is for sale; some is burned at the end of the festival.

Jackett learned about Burning Man from a friend, staying for two days on her first trip and five on her second. The longer stay gave Jackett the opportunity to bring more photographic equipment. She used a number of her images in the construction of a book entitled “Burning Man Notes.”

Jackett uses various techniques to produce her artworks, including Polaroid manipulation, alternative photographic processes, printmaking, book binding and computer manipulation. Generally, the imagery stems from a black and white negative or color slide and is treated with various photographic means to produce an original and unique image. Jackett has exhibited and published her artwork nationally, earning a number of awards.

Laura Jackett
Currently an adjunct faculty member at FLCC, Jackett is an alumnus of SUNY Geneseo and Buffalo State College. She recently completed her master of fine arts degree at Rochester Institute of Technology. Jackett has taught at various colleges, including Ithaca and Wells, and conducted workshops at such places as the Smithsonian Institution and George Eastman House.

Jackett has received a $1,360 Special Opportunity Stipend from the New York Foundation for the Arts for the completion of her FLCC exhibit, which runs through Jan. 28.

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