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Wishing Tree' installed at Sculpture Court

"Wishing Tree," a sculpture by Turkish artist Tash Taskale, was recently installed in the Cazenovia College Art Gallery's Sculpture Court at Reisman Hall at 6 Sullivan St. The tall red form previously resided at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse.

Tash Taskale started his artistic career at the age of 16 in Ankara, Turkey. While continuing his artistic activities he studied art history in France and archaeology at the University of Strasbourg. He moved to the United States to further his artistic career, and now works from his studio in Syracuse.

Of his work, Taskale writes, "I am interested in the archeology of objects that are all around us. My work aims to probe the origin of things by presenting oppositions including archaic / futuristic, primitive / industrial, and ancient / modern. I present such contradictions to create ambiguities, which I believe can force us to be more analytical and questioning of our world."

Taskale's works have been recognized in the United States and in Italy, Turkey, Taiwan, Japan and Mexico. Numerous pieces of his work are now in permanent public collections in Turkey, Taiwan, and in various parts of the United States. More of Tash Taskale's work can be seen at tashtaskale.com.

In the gallery, the current show is "Betwixt & Between: Contemporary Still Life" which runs through Oct. 29. On Nov. 3, in conjunction with the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, the gallery will feature "Le Cheval: the horse," a showcase of painting and photography by equine artists, open through Dec. 9.

The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall, 6 Sullivan St., is on the corner of Sullivan and Seminary streets in Cazenovia. For information contact Jennifer Pepper, gallery director, by at jpepper@cazenovia.edu. Information is also available at cazenovia.edu/art-gallery.

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