New Shows at Schmucker Art Gallery

Els Geelen, Rooted Rocks, oil on paper, 40 x 30 cm, 2013.


Courtesy of Molly Reynolds, Schmucker Art Gallery

Els Geelen: Roots (Project Space)

September 10 – October 15th, 2014

ARTIST’S TALK: September 10,4pm

Els Geelen’s drawings, prints and paintings are about nature and the circle of life. Her works examine nature‘s vitality and its transience. She is interested in depicting both the strength of nature and the ultimate vulnerability of the environment and human mortality, interference and dependence.

The works currently on view at Schmucker Art Gallery explore the conceptual possibilities of roots and an innovative treatment of space, as the artist frees refined details from their soil. Early on in her artistic career, Geelen discovered that her path would not follow the procedures of science, but that of organic creative acts, expanding as naturally as the tendrils of plant life in one of her prints.

The artist’s various interpretations of the natural world often incite awe and anxiety, as the exciting, detailed depiction of flora and fauna is disrupted by an abstracted use of space and depth.

Michael Scoggins, Battle of Gettysburg, graphite on paper, 51 x 67 in., 2014, Courtesy Michael Scoggins Studio

Michael Scoggins:
When Johnny Comes Marching Home (Main Gallery)

September 10 – December 12, 2014

ARTIST’S TALK: October 3, 4pm OPENING RECEPTION: October 3, 5-7 pm

Schmucker Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by internationally renowned, New York-based contemporary artist Michael Scoggins. The selection of large scale works on paper focuses on Scoggins’ interest in military and political topics. The artist appropriates popular imagery and takes a critical stance on contemporary politics, historical reflections and the formation of cultural identities and biases.

Two new works in this vein, The Gettysburg Address and Battle of Gettysburg, were created specifically for this exhibition. The artist will present a talk in Schmucker Art Gallery on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm. A reception will follow in the gallery from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information contact:

Shannon Egan, Ph.D., Director, Schmucker Art Gallery


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Author: Isabel Gibson Penrose

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