January 15, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University has organized two exhibitions that may be viewed Jan. 29 through March 31.

Tim McFarlane, "Concurrent" will include works by painters Natalie Alper, Tim McFarlane and Larry Webb and sculptor Diane Simpson.

"It not only showcases the work of four different accomplished artists, but also the insightful and thoughtful essays of four distinguished writers," said Sam Yates of the Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee.

Yates, who was project director of the exhibition with Dan Mills, director of the Samek, credits Mills with proposing the exhibition.

"These select few artists have devoted their careers to abstraction," said Yates. "Though from different geographic locations, each artist's work represents distinct individualistic, yet compatible approaches to achieving the joy of adventure that abstraction can provide."

Mills contacted colleagues at other venues to invite their participation in the project and developed a novel curatorial approach, according to Yates. A representative of four of the participating venues arranged a studio visit with one of the artists then wrote an essay and made the final selection of the works to be included in the exhibition.

The curators — Robert Bridges, Nancy Einreinhofer, Paul Krainak, Kristina Olson, Mills and Yates — also selected several drawings by each artist that provide insight into four distinct dialogues between primary media and works on paper. "Concurrent" was organized by the Ewing Gallery and Samek Art Gallery.

Related programming includes a lecture by Chicago artist Diane Simpson on Friday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center, and a lecture by Philadelphia artist Tim McFarlane on Friday, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center.

'Silent Echo Chamber'
Harry Shearer, "Harry Shearer: The Silent Echo Chamber" is a video installation/compilation of video clips of well-known personalities just moments before they go on live TV. Shearer says of the compilation, "In these moments, television returns to its roots as a visual medium."

One of America's most prominent satirists, Shearer is known as the voice of "The Simpsons" and as Derek Smalls of "Spinal Tap." Host for the public radio comedy/music program "Le Show" for KCRW, he has published three books and recently released a music CD with his wife, singer-songwriter Judith Owens. Shearer also has been touring with "Tap" members Christopher Guest and Michael McKean as "Unwigged & Unplugged."

Through a stint as writer and cast member on "Saturday Night Live" in the '80s, Shearer discovered the satellite news feed. Fascinated by the wealth of untapped material floating in the ether, he began to collect and air his "Found Objects" at Harry Shearer.

For "The Silent Echo Chamber," Shearer has selected a collection of these "Found objects," which will be presented simultaneously as 10 DVD loops in the Project Room. The loops include: David Gergen, Wolf Blitzer and Larry King; Michael Moore, Henry Kissinger and Ben Stein; Chris Matthews; Anderson Cooper; John McCain; James Carville; Dr. Phil; Democratic leaders Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton; news teams Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw, Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann, and Diane Sawyer, Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos; and Fox personalities Sean Hannity, Karl Rove, Bill O'Reilly and Chris Wallace. "Silent Echo Chamber" is courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery, New York.

The Samek Art Gallery is on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. Admission is free. Gallery hours during the academic year 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 visit www.bucknell.edu/Samek.xml

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