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Arts Project exhibit explores man-made space, structures

LAKE GEORGE - A two-painter exhibition opening Saturday at the the Lake George Arts Project's Courthouse Gallery examines Western culture's spatial relationships with the built world, interior and exterior, and how these spaces affect us.

Titled "Inside/Outside," the exhibition of new work by Dana Clancy and Ben Schwab was launched Saturday with a reception for the artists.

Dana Clancy's peopled interior spaces are usually of contemporary museum architecture, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where we observe those observing artworks, Arts Project rep[representatives said.

Ben Schwab's urban landscapes shimmer with energy as exploding grid lines suggest forces of change, growth and expansion. Both artists create a tension between realism and abstraction with compositions of unusual perspectives, and manipulated color and scale, LGAP officials said.

Inside/Outside will be on display through April 16.

Dana Clancy said her paintings depicting museum audiences congregating along balconies and passing through modern exhibition spaces involves the interplay of perspective and viewpoint, calling attention to the viewer's positions as a spectator whose observation mirrors the subject of the paintings.

"As with my portraits, the museum paintings contrast closeness and distance, form and flatness, and what is seen and what is hidden as a way to explore the act of looking," she said.

Ben Schwab said his urban landscapes explore the fundamental creation and evolution of cities, which become a manifestation of Western society, compressed into an orthogonal grid and abstract linear configuration.

"Our environments and surroundings reflect who we are and what we are motivated by as a civilization," he said. "My work expresses ideas of expansion and contraction related to construction in urban and suburban environments, often connected to overcrowding populations and existential dissociation."

The Courthouse Gallery hours during exhibitions are Tuesday through Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and all other times by appointment. The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets, Lake George, NY. For details, call 668-2616 or visit www.lakegeorgearts.org.

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