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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University is hosting the exhibition, "Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center," Oct. 14 through Dec. 4.

Located in the Main Gallery, "Remix" is organized by the Samek Art Gallery and the International Collage Center in Milton.

The International Collage Center (ICC) is a non-profit art organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of collage and its related forms, including assemblage, photomontage and mixed-media installation. The focus of the ICC is a permanent lending and research collection, accompanied by a study center and archive for academic research.

Co-curated by founder and artistic director Pavel Zoubok and director Rachael Lawe, "Remix" is a survey exhibition featuring selections from the ICC's permanent collection as well as loans from prominent artists and collectors.

"Remix" highlights the initial phase of the collection, which is being established through generous donations by leading artists, collectors and arts professionals. This exhibition at the Samek will be the first installment of a national tour of university museums and galleries over the next two years.

"The narrative of Collage is woven through the history of modern and contemporary art. It is an expansive and encyclopedic concept with its own unique lexicon of forms and values," said Zoubok.

"The ICC Collection gathers together the diverse fragments of this rich artistic tradition to create vital links between historical and contemporary practices, to 'remix' the narrative of Collage," he said.

Collage began as the process of gluing bits of paper together to make an image. It has evolved beyond a simple art technique to represent an approach, philosophy and perception of the modern world. Collage artists use found images and objects from daily life which are recast and reimagined in works of art.

Related programming
Zoubok will participate in a panel discussion with two artists — Alice Attie and Mark Wagner — from the "Remix" exhibition Friday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center. The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by Richard Rinehart, director of the Samek Art Gallery.

Attie is a visual artist who lives and works in New York City. Her 'works on paper' include collage and ink drawings. She is also a widely published photographer. Her works are in many collections including those of the Whitney Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York City. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in poetry and a doctoral degree in comparative literature. In the disciplines of art, she is self taught. Major exhibitions include The Aldrich Museum, The Drawing Center and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Wagner is a visual artist best known for his currency collage and interdisciplinary artist books. He is a co-founder of The Booklyn Artists Alliance and publishes art and literature under the name of X-ing Books. His work is in numerous public collections including: the Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center and the Library of Congress. His work has shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Getty Research Institute and The Smithsonian Institution.

Short films related to this exhibition will be shown Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. The short films include: "Portraits of three artists included in the 'Remix' exhibition - Joseph Cornell, May Wilson and Ray Johnson;" "Cornell 1965," edited by Lawrence Jordan, 1965; "Woo who? May Wilson," directed by Amalie R. Rothschild, 1970; and "How to Draw A Bunny," directed by John W. Walter, 2002.

The Samek Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center, and is accessible by elevator. 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.

Contact: Division of Communications