October 11, 2006

Studies for Animation, 1997

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University is presenting the exhibition, “Elizabeth King: Impossible to Freeze the Moment of Regard” through Nov. 19. The Samek Project Room exhibition includes two video projections and one small sculpture. 

A professor of sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University, King has been creating sculptures for more than 25 years in her own image and that of her mother and grandmother. She combines animatronics, puppets, mannequins and literary legends in which inanimate objects come to life.

Challenging the boundary

"Known for sculpture, installation and film and video works, King creates figurative sculpture, sets them in motion with stop-frame film animation, then presents object and film together to challenge the boundary between actual and virtual space," said Dan Mills, director of the Samek Art Gallery and exhibition curator.

"Intimate in scale and distinguished by a level of craft that solicits close viewing, the work reflects her interests in early clockwork automata, the history of the mannequin and the puppet, and literature's host of legends in which the inanimate or artificial figure comes to life," he said.

In an Art in America review of King's recent solo exhibition at Kent Gallery in New York, critic Nancy Princenthal comments that, although her work seems to have traveled through Renaissance Europe and shows the influence of 19th-century Americana, "... King's journey ends up squarely within the techno-savviest precincts of the 21st century. On three flat-screen video monitors, she had her mannequins perform in animated sequences of an elegance and technical sophistication that would put Pixar to shame."

King to discuss her work

The artist will give a lecture on her work Monday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University. Both the exhibition and the gallery talk are free to the public.

Samek Art Gallery hours have been extended one evening a week and on weekends. School and community groups are invited to call and schedule a visit.

The Samek Art Gallery is open free of charge 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, see http://www.bucknell.edu/SamekArtGallery/

Posted Oct. 11, 2006

Caption: Studies for Animation, 1997: photographs made collaboratively with photographer Eric Beggs, using the sculpture "Pupil," the subject of the stop-action film animation "What Happened." "Pupil" is in the Collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.


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