Photographer’s exhibit focuses on being a twin

Albany photographer Carrie Will will give a talk on Thursday, Jan. 21 during a reception for “I Am R
Carrie Will's  'Rikki and Carrie, Dining Room, 2008' is part of the photographer's "I Am Redundant" exhibit at Union College.
Carrie Will's 'Rikki and Carrie, Dining Room, 2008' is part of the photographer's "I Am Redundant" exhibit at Union College.

Double trouble

Albany photographer Carrie Will will give a talk on Thursday, Jan. 21 during a reception for “I Am Redundant,” her exhibit at Union College.

“I am redundant, half of a whole, a freak, identical and lucky,” says Will, who has an identical twin named Rikki, in her artist’s statement.

The sisters often appear together in Will’s large color photographs, which feature people and relationships in her past and present life.

“The relationship I have with my twin sister is tightly woven, beautifully strange and difficult to explain. This has led me to explore a visual language that articulates the intimacy and the oddity of being a twin,” the statement says. “Having been subjected to stares and double takes my whole life, I use photography to exaggerate the gaze of others and to illustrate the interconnectedness of our identity. It is difficult to see yourself as an individual when no one else does.”

Will, who likes to bicycle, is known locally for her “We Love Bikes” project, in which she photographed cyclists from around the Capital Region.

Her work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The University Art Museum at the University of Albany and has been seen in many galleries nationally and internationally.

The talk and reception is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. in the college’s department of visual arts, on the third floor of the Old Chapel.

“I Am Redundant” runs through Feb. 12. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Four in Glens Falls

“Nurture by Nature,” a group exhibit by four artists whose works are inspired by the natural world, opens Friday in the Lapham Gallery at the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Center in downtown Glens Falls.

The show opens at 5 p.m. with a talk by artists Anne Havel, Treha Myth Downey, Jeanne Noordsy and Colleen O’Hara, and will be followed by a reception until 7 p.m. in the gallery.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 12.

Prints in Gloversville

Painter and printmaker George Dirolf is the guest artist this winter at Micropolis Cooperative Art Gallery, 30 N. Main St., Gloversville.

An exhibit of his prints will open with a reception in the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday.

The Loudonville artist has been a high school art teacher in the Bethlehem Central School District for 26 years and a member of The Oakroom Artists for 20 years.

Micropolis, located in the Mohawk Harvest Food Co-op, is open seven days a week.

Free admission

On Monday, the Albany Institute of History & Art will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free admission.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with families invited to join drop-in art activities that are based on current exhibits.

Reach Gazette reporter Karen Bjornland at 395-3197, [email protected] or @bjorngazette on Twitter.

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