December 14, 2007

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University will present the exhibition Latis Jan. 25 through March 30.

"Sculptor and installation artist Michele Kong, assistant professor of art at Bucknell, will be presenting a site-specific project in the Project Room," said Dan Mills, director of the Samek Art Gallery.

Latis will be a confluence of drawn and sculptural elements that describe a shifting topography, according to Mills. "For the project, Kong drew inspiration from mathematical models used to conceptualize space-time and studies of geological formations to create an abstracted landscape.

"This project, in addition to investigating these themes, will respond to and interact with the exhibition space."

Pause and contemplation
Kong, who joined the Bucknell faculty in 2006, typically employs repetitive gestures with meticulous intricacy to create experiential environments that elicit pause and contemplation as a respite from the fast pace of contemporary life.

"Rather than making images, I am interested in setting up a dynamic between the space, the artworks, and the viewer to create an experience," said Kong. "My work corresponds to a particular genre of abstract art that speaks in whispers and innuendos rather than public declarations."

From micro to macro
Kong's work often shifts from micro to macro, collapsing boundaries between the physical and metaphysical. Maryland-based curator Jennie Fleming writes, "Kong's work touches upon the cosmological, utilizing the power of sculpture to create a sense of place by physical presence ... that transports viewers either beyond earthly cares or, conversely, more deeply within themselves."

The recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, Kong has exhibited extensively at venues including PS 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, N.Y.; Numark Gallery in Washington, D.C.; Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, Md.; Transformer Gallery in Washington, D.C.; and Emmanuel Gallery in Denver, Colo. Recent solo exhibitions include the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha in 2006 and at The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington in 2007.

First opportunity
"This is Bucknell and the region's first opportunity to see and experience Kong's work," said Cindy Peltier, Samek Operations Manager. "We are delighted to be introducing her work with this contemplative installation."

In conjunction with the exhibition, Kong will give the gallery talk, "Force Fields," Friday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center. Both the exhibition and the talk are open to the public without charge.

The Samek Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. Admission is free. Gallery hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; weekends 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment. The Gallery is accessible by elevator. For more information about the gallery, call 570-577-3792 or see http://www.bucknell.edu/SamekArtGallery/.

Michele Kong, "Dissonance" 2007, gouache and Venetian plaster on paper, courtesy of the artist

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Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Dec. 14, 2007

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