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Aug. 30,2004


Samek Art Galley Season Opens Sept. 3

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University opens its season with the exhibit, "Jin Soo Kim: roll - run - hit - run - roll - tick -"Friday, Sept. 3. The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 17, is located in the main gallery on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center.

Kim will discuss her work in an artist's talk Friday, Sept. 3, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center.

According to Dan Mills, curator of the Samek Art Gallery, Kim's installation "explores travel literally through physical sculptural objects and metaphorically through sound elements.

"The installation consists of eight 10-inch by 8 inch by 8-1/2-foot long fabricated steel tunnels that emit quiet yet discernible layered sounds including ticking clocks, breaking light bulbs and clanging metal plates from railroad tracks.

"Kim, a Korean-born, Chicago-based artist who has modified the installation at each venue as it travels throughout the U.S., will travel to Bucknell to install the work in the gallery," he said.

This work is a break from the elaborate, maximal installations Kim is known for. Chicago Tribune critic Alan Artner says about this work, "The leanness of the enterprise is phenomenal, with no loss in poetic expression. Perhaps only now, after decades of what Kim has referred to as finding herself as an artist, could she arrive at such minimal form and then, in effect, pare it down further by having sound carry the expressive burden."

Kim's installations have been exhibited at Chicago Cultural Center; Galerie a'pert, Amsterdam; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Brooklyn Museum; and Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul.

"Fallout," an exhibit of works that include a video animation, painting and collages by Brian Alfred, begins Sept. 10 in the project room of the Samek Art Gallery. Alfred will give an artist's talk Friday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center.

"Alfred uses images he has painted or collaged to create digital animations, which are accompanied by electronic music. He takes an ambivalent position on whether his subjects are indeed representative of something positive or negative," said Mills. The digital animation Overload will be projected continuously during the exhibition from Sept. 10 to Oct. 17.

About Alfred's focus on our time, New York Times critic Ken Johnson writes, "In his strangely calm, Neo-Precisionist paintings of color-coded computer wiring, basement duct work, rooftop cellphone relays, and a vast cityscape — as well as an absorbing animated video projection — Mr. Alfred responds mournfully, fearfully and euphorically to the technological sublime."

Other exhibits this year are:

Oct. 29 to Dec. 5, main gallery: "The Intimate Collaboration: Twenty-five Years of Teaberry Press." The exhibition surveys the work produced by this noted San Francisco press during the last quarter century. More than 60 intaglio prints by some of America's most distinguished artists, made in collaboration with founder and master printer Timothy Berry, will be included.

Oct. 29 to Nov. 23, project room: "Max Klinger: The Intermezzi Print Cycle." Widely recognized as one of the more central figures in Germany at the turn of the 20th century, Symbolist artist Max Klinger was especially celebrated for his print cycles. This exhibition includes an important self-portrait of the artist.

Jan. 26 to March 8, main gallery: "Resounding Spirit: Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1960s" from January 26 - March 8. This exhibition focuses on contemporary and avant-garde Japanese art during a decade-plus period of dramatic development and experimentation in post-war Japan. Significant works by the renowned Gutai Group artist, and other notable artists that work or worked in working Japan, Europe, and the U.S. are included.

March 25 to April 4, main gallery: "Shelter: A Mixed-Media Installation" by Bucknell art professors Tulu Bayar and Xiaoze Xie. Focusing on recurring images of refugee camps in different areas of the world that have become disturbing symbols of human tragedy, this experimental project will be a hybrid of visionary forms inspired by refugee settlements. This project is a collaborative effort between the artist, and also their art students, who will assist with the completion of the installation.

April 16 to May 4, main gallery: "Annual Student Show," providing the Bucknell community an opportunity to view student works created in drawing, painting, photography and video, printmaking, and sculpture courses, as well as works created independently.

Admission to the Samek Art Gallery, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center, is free. Gallery hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 570-577-3792 or check http://www1.bucknell.edu/SamekArtGallery/

This exhibition year is sponsored by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Association for the Arts of Bucknell University; the departments of art and art history, and East Asian studies; and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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Note to Editors/News Directors: Mills may be reached at 570-577-3792 or dtmills@bucknell.edu.

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