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By Jonathan Lee SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Soft White exhibition currently on display at the Point of Contact gallery in Syracuse urges the audiences to completely interpret the artwork on their own.
Created by artist Andrew Havenhand, who is currently a fine arts professor at Syracuse University, the eleven pieces of artwork sit on the walls, bathe in soft, warm-white lighting, as if they were meant to be.
Another fine arts professor at Syracuse University, Ann Clarke, described the works in the gallery brochure.
“The simplifying (and unifying) elements of these eleven abstract mixed media pieces are the biomorphic shapes, layers of lace and a very narrow range of color and value,” she wrote.
Sara Felice, the managing associate director at the Point of Contact gallery, described Andrew Havenhand as a longtime friend of the gallery, and said some of the works on exhibit were made with the Point of Contact gallery specifically in mind.
“He approached us to do a show here, and we were really excited because Andrew’s work speaks for itself, especially the pieces he’s made for us,” she said.
The Point of Contact gallery is part of the Point of Contact Incorporated, an arts organization based in Syracuse, New York. It is located at Syracuse University’s Warehouse building in downtown Syracuse.
Its goal is to gather artists and writers to actively engage in the production of publications and exhibitions.
Felice said the three pieces in the main gallery were made with the intent to utilize the gallery’s unique electrical hook-up system. The most interesting, however, is the fact that there are no titles for any of the pieces in the gallery.
“Andrew wanted to remove himself from the work and from bringing his own ideas into it,” Felice said. “He maintains that all of the work is not untitled; there are no titles. It’s not titled at all.”
Felice described the work as objective and said it is up to each individual to make their own analysis of it.
“It almost seems like his work is part of the walls, if you will. They are, but they aren’t. They jump out at you, but they fit in the space,” she said.
The Soft White exhibition is up until March 12 and is open Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m. More information regarding the exhibition and the gallery can be found here.