FREDONIA - Alberto Rey, SUNY distinguished professor in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media at the State University at Fredonia, will present a solo video exhibition at the Extremaduran and Latin American Museum of Contemporary Art in Badajoz, Spain, from April 25 to July 7.
An entire floor of the museum will be dedicated to 10 video projections of Rey's work, which will include some of his past documentaries as well as five new site-specific videos from his Biological Regionalism series.
The series revisits some of the content expressed through artists of the Hudson River School, an art movement that took place in the 1800s. The Hudson River School documented the wilderness around New York and much of the country and included artists such as Henry Inman, Thomas Doughty, Winslow Homer, Thomas Cole and William Chase.
The movement documented the expanding American landscape for the general public that had little exposure to this new environment. The study of biology, botany, geology and art was popular with residents of the new country. Piscatorial art and nature painting was considered a form of "high art" during the early 19th century.
The Biological Regionalism Series tries to reestablish this connection by introducing paintings, videos, maps and wall plaques that reflect environments that are geographically close to the audience while allowing presenting artwork from other regions around the world. The installation creates a connection between the viewer's home and environments around the world. While the regions investigated are specific, the issues raised are universal.