Ancient Timeless Shores: Photo – Constructives by Lawrence Sykes
Show Dates: May 6 – May 30
Join us Thursday, May 21 for the opening reception of a solo exhibition of the artwork of Lawrence Sykes at Gallery Z from 5 – 9 PM.
The Photo-Constructives created by Lawrence Sykes for this exhibition are multi-layered photographic constructions that engage us with their different textures, variations in scale and blend of landscape and symbolism.
“Our Odysseys on space ship earth carry us to far places – by foot, flight, float, or thought.”
These words of Lawrence Sykes refer to how we as individuals take inventory of our personal journeys, one heartbeat at a time; how the evidence of our routes can be found in the clues and marks we leave behind.
It is through this deeply introspective journey that Sykes is able to present us with such compelling visual narratives that at once place him in the role of photographer, archaeologist, and material culturalist.
Lawrence Sykes, born in 1931, is a retired professor of art at Rhode Island College where he developed the curriculum for the school’s photography concentration. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Morgan in 1955, he earned his masters at the Pratt Institute in New York in 1957. Later, Sykes went on to teach at New York University, the College of Art in Kumasi, Ghana, the Parsons School of Design West Africa Program, and served as commissioner for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Additionally, Sykes’ artwork has been collected and exhibited by museums throughout the United States, Brazil and Malawi in Southeast Africa.
"The amazing Larry Sykes, a professor to many and a mentor to most, crosses the intellectual landscape through powerful images, haunting experiences and an iron clad sense for historic perspective.... with the wisdom of a cunning shaman, the artist will take you through a personalized journey with his constructions and con-jur-graphs."
Angelo Marinosci Jr., Art Critic / Photographer.