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Exhibition: The Condition of Music
Saturday: April 25 through Saturday: June 6, 2015

The Condition of Music
In the history of modern aesthetics, few sayings are more famous than that of Victorian essayist Walter Pater: "All art constantly aspires toward the condition of music." In the years since its first publication in the 1877 essay "The School of Giorgione," Pater's statement has received numerous scholarly explications. At the core of his sentiment, though, is Pater's view that music is the least 'mediated' art form. It is in music that content and form are most fully integrated: that the intellectual and the emotional aspects of the aesthetic experience are one and inseparable. Pater's concepts helped fuel the Aesthetic Movement and have echoed through subsequent generations of artists. James McNeill Whistler, for example, routinely used musical terms such as "caprice," "nocturne," or "symphony" in the titles of his paintings, and theories about the relationship between color and sound preoccupied that pioneer of modern abstraction, Vasily Kandinsky.

The theme of Oxford's spring exhibit derives from Pater's famous dictum. In The Condition of Music, over 50 artists explore the relationship between music and the visual arts. Works exhibited may be literal depictions of some aspect of music, such as an instrument or a musical score, or attempts to convey through visual analogy the feelings or emotions induced by a musical performance. The range for interpretation is wide, and the fascination for the viewer lay in the sheer variety of approaches.

Artists' Reception
An Artists' Reception will be held Saturday, May 9 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.
The Reception is open to the public.

Participating Artists...

Chris Baker
Jappie King Black
Philip Bornarth
Kristine Bouyoucos
Todd Chalk
Alice Chen
Paula Crawford
David Dorsey
Anthony Dungan
Elizabeth Durand
Ray Easton
Carolyn Edlund
Phyllis Bryce Ely
Barbara Fox
Sari Gaby
Walter Garver
Peter Gerbic
Jacquie Germanow

Deborah Hall
Richard Harrington
Ray Hassard
Denise Heischman
Robert Heischman
Charles Houseman
Thomas Insalaco
Richard Jenks
Thomas Kegler
William Keyser
Syau-Cheng Lai
Sue Huggins Leopard
Amy McLaren
Sarah Morgan
Daniel Mosner
Leonard Muscarella
Fran Noonan
George O’Connell

Barbara Page
Bill Santelli
Helen Santelli
Edythe Shedden-Cowgill
Alan Singer
Helen Smagorinsky
Bill Stephens
Jean K. Stephens
Roland Stevens
Debra Stewart
James Strohmeier
Kate Timm
Jan Hewitt Towsley
Patricia Tribastone
George Van Hook
Doug Whitfield
Wayne Williams
Jack Wolsky

Charles Houseman
Carloyn Edlund, Aubade, oil on canvas
Charles Houseman
George Van Hook, The Lute Player,
oil on canvas

Charles Houseman
Jappie King Black, Blue Note, cast bronze

David Dorsey
Alan Singer, Reverb, monoprint on paper

David Dorsey
Jack Wolsky, Chad Gadya, encaustic on panel

David Dorsey
Pat Tribastone, Americana, pastel on paper

David Dorsey
Kristine Bouyoukos, To Music,
mixed media on paper

David Dorsey
Richard Jenks, Between Gigs, oil on canvas

David Dorsey
Doug Whitfield, One Man Band, oil on canvas

David Dorsey
Jean K. Stephens, As the Wind in the Forest
colored pencil on paper

Location and Hours
The Oxford Gallery is located in the Roosevelt Apartment Building at the corner of Oxford Street and Park Avenue in Rochester.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5:00pm, and Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm. Admission to all events at the Oxford Gallery is free. For information, please call 585-271-5885.

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