University of Rochester

EVENT: "Twenty Questions: Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral," an art exhibition by Jill Gussow

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: Tuesday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Hartnett Gallery in Wilson Commons on the University of Rochester River Campus Gallery hours are: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday Noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday ADDITIONAL EVENTS: Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7 Artist's talk, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public Note: Parking is available on University lots after 7 p.m. weeknights and all weekend.

August 23, 2000

Children's games like "Twenty Questions" are based on the comforting assumption that things are what they seem, that objects can be classified into obvious categories and identified by deductively accumulating information. But what if matters are not so clear?

Rochester artist Jill Gussow explores the nature of questioning, identification, and descriptive categories in her exhibit, "Twenty Questions: Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral," starting Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Hartnett Gallery in Wilson Commons on the University of Rochester River Campus.

Gussow's exhibit plays with the confusion of classifications. By layering biomorphic shapes, abstract patterns, saturated surreal colors, and eclectic materials such as silk scarves, the works combine painting, drawing, and photography to create dreamlike images that seem almost recognizable yet remain elusive.

"Classifications do seem to change," explains Gussow. "Things that were clear at one point in my life do not seem as clear now, and there are vast areas of understanding that are not part of my life but at various points intersect my life. This may be a way of maintaining a balance in this precarious situation."

"Twenty Questions" will be on display Tuesday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 1. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, with Gussow giving an artist's talk at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 442-3782.

Gussow has taught photography, design, and painting at the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe Community College, SUNY College at Brockport, Visual Studies Workshop, Community Darkroom, and Strong Museum. She has exhibited her work across the country and in an invitational art show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Gussow has received numerous awards, including the Memorial Art Gallery Award for the 1985 Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition, a biennial juried show at the gallery.