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'Precious Cargo' on view in gallery

Paul Lloyd Sargent, Untitled Seaway Studies #0193—Griphon, 2008, digital photograph

Published: March 17, 2010

“Precious Cargo,” a contemporary art-and-design exhibition by artists and activists whose work addresses the flow of goods and services in the ever-changing world, will open on Thursday in the UB Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts with a reception from 5-7 p.m.

The exhibition, on view through May 15, is curated by multidisciplinary artist Paul Lloyd Sargent, who is the UB Art Gallery’s second Artist in Residence. The gallery’s annual Artist in Residence program is designed to provide audiences with an opportunity to engage an artist while he or she is at work and watch as the artist transforms the gallery.

During the course of the two-month exhibition, Sargent will work in the gallery, beginning on Saturday and continuing March 30 and 31 and April 1 and April 6-8, constructing “Not To Scale, a working relief map of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. The map, made entirely from found objects, will illustrate the lock system, canals and waterways necessary for travel from the Atlantic Ocean to ports along each of the Great Lakes.

In addition to creating “Not to Scale,” Sargent is curating “Precious Cargo,” which displays work by artists and activists interested in issues related to “inter/national versus regional/local transport, supply chain versus disposal chain, resource exhaustion versus sustainable culture, consumption versus reuse.”

Among the work on display will be that from the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, Thomas Comerford, Thomas Frank, Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown, Chris Jordan, Stella Marrs, Mary Mattingly, Lize Mogel, UB art faculty member Stephanie Rothenberg, The Waterpod® and Alex Young.

In addition to being an artist, Sargent is a freelance video editor and writer who lives in Brooklyn, Syracuse and Wellesley Island, N.Y. His art and research investigates the history and impact of the international shipping industry on the ecologies, economies and communities along the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River through a contemporary amalgam of new media art, radical cartography,grass-roots activism and sustainable culture as art practice.

His video, photographic and installation works have been presented nationally and internationally in such venues as ConFlux2009 and Proteus Gowanus in New York, Para/Site Art Space and the Microwave Media Festival in Hong Kong, Gallery M in Berlin, BaseKamp in Philadelphia, Impakt Festival in Utrecht, Invideo Festival in Milan and OneTake Film Festival in Zagreb.

Sargent received an MFA in video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.