February 01, 2012

The Two Deaths of Socrates (detail), 2011, dimensions variable (each figure is 32” tall), cast plastic, expanding foam, steel, wood, and other materials

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University is hosting the exhibition, "INFLUX: Sculptural Works by Joe Meiser," on display through March 29. || Related coverage

"This exhibition is focused on better understanding what it means to be a mortal human in the year 2012," said Meiser, assistant professor of art at Bucknell.

Meiser will give a lecture about his solo exhibition on Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center. A reception will be held immediately afterward in the Samek Art Gallery.

During his lecture, Meiser will discuss his recent work with digital forms of sculpture. He will talk in particular how he has used a program called Rhinoceros 3-D to conceptualize projects virtually, and he will tell about the processes he has used to fabricate these projects in tangible physical form.

Meiser said that his exhibition at the Samek Gallery "investigates the conflicting narratives about mortality that are offered by science, philosophy, and religion. The exhibition also looks at how contemporary technologies have changed the way that we think about death.

"In some ways, the problem of mortality is the same as it was 200,000 years ago, but because of the particulars of our contemporary situation, we now think differently about mortality," he said.

The Samek Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center, and is accessible by elevator. Admission to the exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public. 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.

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