“Harold’s House,” a photography exhibit by student Marissa Hogan, will open this week at the Project Space Gallery in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibit will run from Jan. 25 until Feb. 9, with a public reception Friday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome.
“Harold’s House” is a series of conceptual digital photographs that reveals the life of a man through images of his aging home, Hogan said. Chipping paint, sagging ceilings and a collection of forgotten curios begin to unveil Harold’s story. The house, once full of life, now reflects Harold’s slow decline. Bedrooms once occupied by children have been abandoned and left for storage. There is a quiet solitude that has settled in the house. Yet, like the dried hydrangeas that sit in vases around the house, there is still life to this space. It is aged, life wilted from its old self, but still beautiful.
Harold currently resides in the house by himself, Hogan said. Harold himself is never physically revealed to the viewer. However, the viewer gets to know him and his story through images of the house and the items that fill it. So, who really is Harold? That is ultimately left for the viewer to decide.
The Martin-Mullen Art Gallery and Project Space Gallery are free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when the college is in session and during special events. For more information about the gallery or upcoming exhibitions, contact Gallery Director, Tim Sheesley at (607)436-2445, (607)436-3456 or visit www.oneonta.edu/academics/art/gallery.html.