Messages & Mediums
Start Date: 10/01/2021 End Date: 11/13/2021
Event Type: Art Opening
Rochester NY Region
Messages & Mediums brings together two artists who explore the intersection of Spiritualism and technology through their artwork.
Shannon Taggart has been working with and photographing Spiritualist mediums since 2001. Her new series of images, taken over Skype, Zoom, and FaceTime during the pandemic, builds on the long history of spirit photography and technological exploration of the otherworldly. Mediums believe that spirit communication cannot be bound by time and space and Taggartís new work advances this concept, using a computer screen and a camera to memorialize recent digital sťances.
Matthew Ostrowskiís installation Summerland looks back at the archaeology of communication, mixing 19th-century hardware and 21st-century software to initiate a conversation between the medium Kate Fox, the youngest of the Fox Sisters, and inventor of the telegraph Samuel F. B. Morse. Channeling the voices of these two contemporaries through long-extinct media, the artist evokes the magical lurking in our omnipresent technologies, the ghost in the machine.
This exhibition is the first in a new occasional series that considers the intersection of religion, faith, and art. Rochesterís history of religious groups, technological innovation, and progressive social movements gives us a unique vantage point to consider and support artists who engage with these subjects.
Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo)
137 East Ave
Rochester, NY, 14604
Date: 10/01/2021 - 11/13/2021
Time: Opening Reception: October 1, 6-9pm
Virtual Artist Talk: October 23, 1pm
Exhibition: October 1 - November 13
$2/Free for RoCo members