February 21, 2007


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery lecture series at Bucknell University continues with a talk by Kristofer Harzinski and Christine Welch Friday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center.

The talk, which is free to the public, will be followed by a reception with Harzinski and Welch, who are two of the artists whose work will be featured in the Samek exhibition, Outside the Centers/On the Edge, later this semester.

Harzinski says of his work, "The Departure Series presents the 17 largest airports in the United States. Each object is an accurate map of the airport's runways, taxiways, hangars, and terminals hand-cut from paper."

Born in Bismarck, N.D., Harzinski lives in Lancaster. He holds degrees from Penn State University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Kristofer Harzinski
#10 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, 2005

Welch says of her Jarring the Sublime series, "There is an amusing human impulse to reduce everything we encounter to a more manageable scale and behavior. Consider the development of the frontier. First, over the horizon we saw a virgin wilderness. In order to get there more easily (always a human concern) we dig up stuff from one place and put it in another and make a road. Then we moved some more stuff; trees, rocks, more dirt; and reassembled it into shelters, from which we can see what is left of the wilderness. After we have removed as much of the uncomfortable and dangerous as we can, we replant the whole place with manageable vegetation, give it a name like Stonehenge or Deer Run, and stick some cement animals on the lawn to make it look more like what? The wilderness."

Welch, who lives in Lancaster, was born in Williamsport. She holds degrees from Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Delaware.

Christine Welch
Route 322, near Lewistown, PA 2002

The Samek exhibitions, Outside the Centers/On the Edge, and Collection Focus: Contemporary Work by Women, will begin after the annual student show, scheduled for April 13 through May. See the Samek website http://www.bucknell.edu/Samek for details.

Outside the Centers showcases work in many media by terrific artists from throughout much of Pennsylvania, while Collection Focus highlights outstanding work by contemporary women from the permanent collection, according to Dan Mills, director of the Samek Art Gallery.

Posted Feb. 21, 2007

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