November 02, 2006

Vernon Fisher (photo credit Nic Nicosia)

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Artist Vernon Fisher will discuss the use of language and images in his work Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is open to the public without charge, is given in conjunction with Bucknell's Samek Art Gallery exhibition, "Misleading Trails."

In a 2000 Art in America review, Robert Mahoney states, "Vernon Fisher articulates his often comical sensibility in a variety of mediums -- from chalk on blackboards to fake flies on blank paintings (as in the 2000 Whitney Biennial) -- consistently employing one form of communication to undermine another."

In his Misleading Trails catalog essay, Bucknell art professor Xiaoze Xie states, "By means of juxtaposition and superimposition, he allows all these modes of representation to supplement, contradict and negate each other in his work. The dance of consciousness, the track of thinking, the confusion of reference systems, the loss of interpretation, and a range of philosophical 'misleading trails' are often captured in Fisher's work. Part of his work also deals with society and politics."

Acclaimed Texas Artist

According to Indepth Arts News, Fisher, one of Texas's most acclaimed artists, fills his work with an intelligence and wit that engage the viewer in his unique artistic language. For more than 30 years, he has challenged viewers to find hidden as well as blatant meanings in his work, and he does so by using seemingly disjunctive elements and juxtaposing the glorious with the prosaic.

"In a file marked '00' and in other archives, Fisher accumulates source material that consists of photographs from magazines or newspapers; maps, charts, and diagrams torn from scientific texts; and photographs he takes himself, ranging from images of the sublime landscape to those of the mundane environment.

"Philosophically playful, Fisher tells his stories through synthesizing various media: painting, drawing, photography, found and fabricated objects, and text. Of the stories Fisher weaves and the images he accumulates, he shuffles and arranges them into different combinations until the perfect match between text and pictures is achieved."

The Samek Art Gallery exhibition, "Misleading Trails," is on view through Nov. 19. Exhibitions and programming for 2006-07 are funded in part by 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; Office of the President; Office of the Provost;  University Lectureship Committee; Department of Art and Art History; Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender; Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Awareness; and Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Posted Nov. 2, 2006

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