Romaniko and Weir exhibit to open at Kirkland Art Center

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CLINTON — Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, will host an opening reception for the Romaniko and Weir exhibit from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 in the main gallery.

The event is free and includes hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

KAC’s last show of the year features artist Pavel Romaniko, born just outside Moscow, Russia. Romaniko works with photographs, sculpture, and video. For his on-going project, Nostalgia, Romaniko constructs miniature sets of building interiors using construction paper.

Although reminiscent of domestic interiors, Romaniko photographed in his previous series Russia (2005, 2007), and incorporating imagery from his series Still-Lifes (2007), most of Nostalgia’s carefully lit interiors are not always specific to actual locations but instead become symbolic reflections on Russia’s political landscape and history, exile, blurred memory, and Romaniko’s own longing for a relationship with his personal and cultural past.

The empty, melancholic interiors are not only paper constructions, they are reconstructions created from Romaniko’s recollection of the past and found photographs. The nostalgia, Romaniko feels for his personal past, mirrors his native Russia’s attempts at reconciliation with its tumultuous history and its uneasy relationship with a rapidly changing present.

Margi Weir’s works are inspired by the world around her, and meaning is implied by the juxtaposition of images, not stated in narrative fashion. Conclusions are left to the viewer in the hope that a continued questioning will be inspired by the work of art. 

The exhibition will be in the gallery from Dec. 11 through Jan. 19.

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