Exhibits and Lectures by Emerging Artists


Barney Kulok, Photographs/Video Installation (with Sebastian Bear-McClard)
September 13 through October 14
Barbara Walters Gallery
Hours: M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; S/S 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 13, 5:00-8:00p.m.
Lecture: October 13, 6-8 p.m. Donnelly Film Theatre, Heimbold Visual Arts Center

Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Barney Kulok in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center’s Barbara Walters Gallery. Kulok will exhibit a series of photographs and a video installation done in collaboration with artist Sebastion Bear-McClard. The exhibit and artist’s lecture are free and open to the public. For more information please call (914) 395-2355 or cstayrook@slc.edu.

The exhibit of Kulok’s work is the first in a series of six shows by young, emerging artists to be exhibited during the 2005-2006 academic year, each chosen by members of the College’s visual arts and visual culture faculty, in conjunction with their students. In addition to exhibiting their work, each artist will give a lecture during the course of his or her show. Joel Sternfeld, member of the photography faculty, who has organized this first show said of the series: “This is an extraordinary supplement to our course offerings. It allows us to display cutting-edge art and meet groundbreaking artists who are accomplishing the things we are discussing in class. For example Barney Kulok is working in that space between the still image and the moving image. Writing about this new type of art has been somewhat limited, but seeing Barney Kulok’s remarkable work encourages extensive thought and discussion.”

Barney Kulok’s photographs reveal the aura behind everyday cityscapes and overlooked architecture. In “Billboard, Queens NY,” Kulok transforms what would normally be seen as a neglected venue of advertisement into a centerpiece of illumination within an otherwise deserted industrial wasteland.

In their video collaboration, River of Shadows, Barney and Sebastian take us on a tour of urban decay via light and shadow. Holland Cotter of the New York Times said of the work, “In a beautiful video installation, Sebastian Bear-McClard and Barney Kulok use natural light to transform a series of ordinary city walls into a kind of aurora borealis." Professional photographer Tim Davis wrote, “River of Shadows explores this idea of total reflectivity, but adds an element of cultural criticism…Kulok and McClard are positing that the light we see by is the light of advertising, the light of transaction, of desire.”

Barney Kulok recently graduated from Bard College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. His work has been exhibited at the Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in New York City and has been reviewed in Time Out NY and Artforum. Barney has worked as the Director of Photography on one feature film and several short films and has had work published in a number of magazines. He is the recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cutltural Council’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant. Barney lives and works in New York City.

Sarah Lawrence is a liberal arts college for men and women, founded in 1926, with a distinctive system of education. It is known for having one of the lowest student/faculty ratios in the country. At the core of the system are small classes, regular one-on-one student-faculty conferences, cross-disciplinary approaches and the integration of the creative arts within the curriculum.