Our current exhibition, “do it“, as a process-oriented participatory project. 25 artists have contributed artworks that are sets of instructions for making the artwork. Groups and individuals from the local campus and community then interpret those instructions and realize the artwork. Part of this open-ended show is the “Do It Fridays!” series in which a new artwork is performed and/or installed in the gallery every Friday at noon this Fall semester. Following is a list of upcoming dates and the instructions for the artwork that will be created that day. The public is invited to attend these creative acts.
“Do It Fridays” will be postponed due to the Thanksgiving holiday recess.
Throughout the year, the Samek staff have taken various approaches to generate interest for our exhibitions on the blog. Therefore rather than presenting viewers with facts and figures, I thought it would be fun to share some photos from the student show installation this time around!
Before studying museum practice and theory in college, I never really considered the exhibition process. For instance, did you know that on average it takes the Samek staff about two weeks to entirely change over a show? Perhaps that seems like a long time, but let’s consider what those two weeks entail.
Exhibition change over begins with a week of de-installation. Typically, works from the current exhibition are removed from their displays and securely packaged in crates for shipping. Once the art is safely stored, gallery repairs commence- exhibition lighting is turned off and removed, work lights are turned on, hardware is removed from walls, holes are plastered and primed, and walls are touched up with paint. When the paint dries, the temporary walls are moved into place for the new exhibition and works are brought into the gallery and unpackaged for layout, thereby beginning the week long installation process.
Exhibition installations can vary greatly and are organized according to the works going on display. This year’s student exhibition required the use of a few pedestals and shelves (which had to be painted to match the gallery walls), as well as equipment from IT (which had to be ordered, programmed, and assembled). After all the works were hanged or alternatively displayed, the wall labels, didactic text, and word vinyl were installed. Whew, tired yet?!? Don’t worry, install is almost finished…
Next comes lighting, which requires the use of two ten foot ladders to hang individual light canisters, thus ensuring each work is properly lit. Things to consider during lighting include bulb wattage, the distance between the work and its light, if lights blind viewers (in which case they have to be moved or adjusted), and whether or to not light a work straight on or at an angle. Finally, after the all the lighting issues are sorted, tools and equipment can be picked up and the gallery is cleaned before the exhibition opens.
Thank you for allowing me to share the ins and outs of exhibition change over with you. Perhaps this general knowledge will aid you in critiquing the next exhibition you attend! Please join the gallery staff, art department, and students this evening to celebrate the opening of “Splintered: The 2013 Annual Student Exhibition” with an artist panel from 6-7 in the gallery theater, followed by a reception in the Samek Art Gallery from 7-8.
April 10- June 30, 2013
Makeover presents the work of two California-based artists – Elliot Anderson and Bill Domonkos. Anderson’s light-boxes layer images from tourist snapshots of famous American sites into an “averaged” landscape and Domonkos weaves archival film footage into dream-like film shorts. Both artists remix, mash-up, and Makeover still and moving found images to create new meaning and expressive potential.
Bill Domonkos is an experimental filmmaker and video artist. His work combines computer animation, still photography, live footage and manipulated archive film footage. His work has been broadcast and shown internationally in cinemas, film festivals, galleries and museums from Paris, Budapest, and Mexico City to the National Gallery in London.
Elliot Anderson’s work incorporates a wide range of media including video, sound, computer interaction, animation, and digital imaging. His work includes interactive computer sculptures and installation, public art, interactive video for performance, and digital photography. He has created and performed computer controlled interactive video sets for New Music and Dance performance.
– Richard Rinehart
Splintered: 2013 Annual Student Exhibition
April 8- April 30
The Samek Art Gallery, 3rd Fl. Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University
By definition, to splinter is to split into fragments, parts, or factions. The purpose of the 2013 Annual Student Exhibition is twofold: first to splinter fixed ideals of what a student exhibition should be and how it should look, and second to highlight this year’s students as individualized artists breaking away from the Bucknell community in May.
Thematically Splintered also refers the personal and diverse perspectives of each artist, which are fragmented across the various works in the exhibition. For example Seth Berry, Laney Hayssen, Molly Higgins, and Jessie Horning comment conceptually on natural processes- i.e. the oxidation of metal, life and death, and tree regeneration. In contrast Nicole Festa, Stephanie Knaus, and Michelle Steinberg explore the juxtaposition of popular culture and tradition, thereby combining texts from social media websites, magazine images, and nudity with gold leafing, black and white photography, and oil painting. Lastly Chelsea Fischer, Ethan Van Buskirk, and Jose Saavedra explore the bounds of mixed media by incorporating wallpaper, household paints, and shower curtains into their compositions.
Splintered is the culmination of yearlong collaboration between the artists, the Samek Art Gallery, and the Art and Art History Department at Bucknell University. The caliber of artistry within the exhibition splinters typical stereotypes associated with the production and display of student art.
– Alex-Rae Campbell
Graduate Assistant, Curatorial Studies