Join us for the first in a series of artist conversations with the seven artists featured in Creative Confinement: Art Under Quarantine in the main galleries at the Rochester Art Center. Creative Confinement brings together the work of artists who processed life’s big changes during lockdown earlier this year. Through photography, painting, drawing and video their work explores what brings us together while being physically apart, what scares and what brings us comfort. Piotr Szyhalski and Areca Roe will discuss the series they are both continuing to work on; Covid 19: Labor Camp Report that contends with the social, political climate in stark, yet complex black and white daily posters; Uniquely Customized a photography series that takes the strange pandemic recommendations from stock photo sites a little too far.

Thursday, October 15 | Noon | Register Online: Click Here

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About the artists: 

Areca Roe

Areca Roe is an artist based in Mankato and Minneapolis, Minnesota. She works in many media; primarily photography as well as video, sculpture, and installation. A recurrent theme in her work is the interface between the natural and human domains. Roe is Assistant Professor in Art & Design at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She received her MFA in Studio Arts, with an emphasis on photography, from University of Minnesota in 2011. She’s a member of Rosalux Gallery, an artist collective in Minneapolis.



Piotr Szhyalski

Polish-born, U.S.-based multimedia artist Piotr Szyhalski has in the past decade established the Labor Camp—an ongoing art project that includes interactive components (digital and physical), original music, performances, videos, printed ephemera, texts, a blog, and an archive of online resources. Moving between fine arts (painting, photography, drawing, installation), sound, media art, and design, Szyhalski’s multilayered works often explore communication/exchange, extreme historical phenomena, and relationships between the individual and society/history/time. His work has been exhibited worldwide at such venues as the International Center of Photography, the New York Expo Film Festival, Siggraph, ISEA Paris, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, San Jose Museum of Art, and Experimental Design in Lisbon, Portugal. His work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.