The Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University has announced its fall exhibitions and programs. Two solo exhibitions by contemporary artists R. Luke DuBois and Jas Knight investigate technology usage by playing with historical art forms.
"I'm pleased to present two different but equally compelling exhibitions," said Richard Rinehart, Samek director. "On campus, we're showing an accomplished media artist who will stretch your ideas of what art can be. Downtown, we're exhibiting works by a rising young painter who uses traditional art media and style to create beautiful paintings with a unique twist. Whatever your interest, you'll find something engaging at the Samek Art Museum this fall."
R. Luke DuBois: Portraits and Landscapes: Sept. 18–Dec. 4, 2015; Samek Gallery, 3rd Floor Elaine Langone Center DuBois handles data like origami, transforming a mundane instrumental base material into something unexpected, even beautiful. A More Perfect Union converts the language from 19 million online dating profiles into an atlas of American love, and Hindsight is Always 20/20 turns each presidential State of the Union address into a linguistic eye chart.
DuBois mines the terrain of contemporary culture using the tools and methods that trouble the idea of "big data." But he does not further instrumentalize that data by overtly monetizing or simply visualizing it. Instead, he frees data to follow new trajectories in portraiture and to suggest alternative landscapes.
The Samek will present a semester kickoff party in the Samek Gallery onThursday, Sept. 3, from 6-8 p.m. with music by Bucknell's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., R. Luke DuBois will visit Lewisburg to give an artist talk moderated by Professor Katherine Faull, German studies and comparative humanities, discussing the process of turning data into art. A reception in the Samek Gallery will follow.
Inspired by R. Luke DuBois's interest in playing with language, The Samek will host tabletop word games in the Museum. Visitors can stop by on the first Friday of each month from 3–5 p.m. for Surrealist word games, Metagame, Apples to Apples and more. Refreshments will be provided.
Jas Knight: Euhemerized: Sept. 22, 2015–Feb. 28, 2016; Downtown Gallery, 416 Market St. In this exhibition of 10 oil paintings, Knight combines traditional 16th- and 17th-century realist painting styles with references to contemporary African life and conflict related to the scramble for minerals used in cell phones and other mobile devices. The term "euhemerized" refers to mythology that, through the process of interpretation over time, is considered to have originated from real historical occurrence.
Anthony "Jas" Knight was born in 1977 in Bloomfield, Conn. He received a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa., and he has been awarded the Greater Hartford Arts Council Innovation Grant and the Leonard Andrews Foundation. Knight's paintings have been shown in several group exhibitions and his work is included in multiple private collections. He works and resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
On Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m., artist Jas Knight will be in Lewisburg for a walkthrough of his new exhibition. A reception catered by That Kitchen Witch will follow the tour.
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