The works of artist Paul Lloyd Sargent '93 can be found in multiple exhibitions in New York State and New England this spring. An exhibition Sargent curated, titled “Precious Cargo” at the University at Buffalo Art Gallery, is running from March 18 to May 15. It is a group exhibition of contemporary art and design projects that address the issues of international shipping and transport and possible local and regional alternatives. He is currently the 2010 artist in residence at the gallery.
On May 14, his work will be in a screening and performance event at the Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, New York. In addition to the exhibition, there will be lectures on the Great Lakes waterways and invasive species, workshops about seed saving and work composting, geography lessons and more.
Currently, one of Sargent’s projects is at the Red House Arts Center in Syracuse. The project is entitled “elegy: society for a dead society.” The show serves as a memorial for the era of the upstate New York hardcore music scene of Sargent’s teens and early twenties.
In June, another of his projects will open at HarbortArts, an outdoor sculpture park in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina. In the working shipyard he will be installing six 8x20-foot, vertically hanging photographic banners, designed from images taken of shipping vessels on the St. Lawrence Seaway. The series is called “Untitled Seaway Studies” and documents the international shipping industry along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway.
At Hamilton, Sargent graduated with honors as a studio arts major and creative writing minor. He was a member of the Emerson Literary Society. After graduating from Hamilton, he moved to Las Vegas for five years, where he started a small record label, played in a band and ran a small music venue called the L@b. In 1998, he moved to Chicago where he received his master’s in fine arts in video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. In 2006, Sargent moved from Chicago to Brooklyn to work in the education department at the Museum of Television and Radio, which is now known as the Paley Center for Media. He now works as a freelance video editor, writer, curator and multidisciplinary artist. His art has been exhibited in places ranging from New York to Hong Kong