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STCC Exhibit Spotlights Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

artwork by david barsalou A local artist and educator
expresses his loss and love for his wife in the season-opening exhibit
at the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery at Springfield Technical
Community College.

Gallery coordinator Francie Riddle says, “David
Barsalou, known for his project, Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein, and
as a beloved art teacher in the Springfield Public Schools, brings us
a deeply personal body of work dealing with his grief over the death
of his wife from ovarian cancer. This work crosses boundaries between
disciplines. It is an engaging contemporary art installation of
digital cyanotypes, a medical view of the disease, and a psychological
study of grief.”

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and the exhibit, titled
David Barsalou: The Presence of Absence, will be on view from
September 13 through October 14.

The public is invited to a reception on Thursday, September 15 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Two artist’s talks
are scheduled, on Wednesday, October 5 from 9:00 to 10:00 and
Thursday, October 6 from 11:00 to noon.

Barsalou said, “In May of 2002 my wife Terry was diagnosed with Stage
3 Ovarian Cancer. She fought bravely for two and a half years, passing
away peacefully at home on October 18, 2004. My recent work layers
photographs and digital cyanotypes with text. Through experimentation
and manipulation these images are combined into larger visual
constructions. Removing pictures from their original context,
transforms and re-invents them. The images focus on my wife from
childhood to her passing in 2004.

“Through the transformative powers of Art, I have discovered ways of
combining, image, color, and meaning, in new and original ways. It has
helped me on my journey of becoming whole again. Making pictures is
personal therapy, making the connection between the work and my own
emotional healing. The color blue stands as a primal symbol, (water
and sky), as well as signifying purity in religious icons, such as the
Virgin Mary. In author William Gass’s book “On Being Blue” he
describes the “blues” as associated with depression and sadness. Blue
is the conceptual core of my work. The cyanotype process references
many aspects of photography’s past. This palette reflects a recent
contextual symbolism.”

Barsalou holds a master of fine arts degree in photography as well as
a master’s in art education from the Hartford Art School of the
University of Hartford.  His work has been shown in numerous solo
exhibits as well as group exhibitions throughout the country.

The Amy H. Carberry Gallery is located in Building 28, Lower Level; it
is free and open to the public.  Hours are Tuesday through Friday
12:30-4:30 and Saturday 10:00 to 2:00. Exhibits are supported by
funding from STCC Student Activities and the School of Continuing
Education.  For further information, see www.stcc.edu/arts or call
413-755-5258.

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