As part of a continued effort to unite the regional arts programs in the Central Pennsylvania region, three area galleries are teaming up for a one-night only pop-up event at the historic Pajama Factory. Casey Gleghorn and John Yogodzinski of Williamsport’s Converge Gallery, Dan Olivetti from Susquehanna University’s Lore Degenstein Gallery, and Richard Reinhart of Bucknell’s Samek Museum are teaming up to present “Ignite” on Saturday, July 26 from 8pm – 11pm. The event will be held in the Clearstory (former Public Art Academy) space at the Pajama Factory. The Pajama Factory is a creative incubator for Arts & Entrepreneurship located at 1307 Park Ave., Williamsport, PA.
The night promises to be a fun and exciting exploration of video art, installations, music, and provocative poster art. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Julie Covello, AKA DJ Shakey, who is a part of New York City’s DJ elite. Shakey has spun at virtually every metro area nightclub that contributes to the culture.
Converge Gallery will be showcasing new work and a video installation by Russian artist Ekaterina Panikanova.
All contemporary artists skate on the surface of humanity’s impossibly deep history. Ekaterina Panikanova uses civilization’s trajectory as a medium. She incorporates direct evidence of mankind’s gradual awakening and accumulated knowledge into her own poetic vision. Here, information becomes a sort of spiritual, intellectual landscape. Panikanova’s work is informed by civilization’s constant ponderings. Nature stands indifferently in its center. Ekaterina Panikanova was born in Russia and lives and works in Rome.
The Lore Degenstein Gallery will be exhibiting a select number of pieces from it’s past exhibition “Marketing Mamas: The Provocative Woman in French Poster Art” originally shown in 1999.
The subjects of the selected twentieth century era posters include figures that overtly express sexual provocation and sophistication, but, curiously, are not necessarily aimed at a male audience. Those aimed at the female consumer, perhaps appeal to her need to acquire sophistication or sexual power and beauty.
The Samek Art Museum will have a few pieces of video and interactive art by Scott Snibbe, and Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung.
Scott Snibbe is an entrepreneur, researcher, and artist who has made significant contributions to the fields of interactive music, gesture and touch interaction, and digital art. Snibbe holds over 18 patents for interactive media technologies, and his interactive art is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Whitney Museum (NY), and other prominent institutions.
The purpose of Snibbe’s work is to bring meaning and joy to people’s lives. Snibbe’s work is frequently interactive, requiring viewers to physically engage with diverse media that include mobile devices, digital projections, and electromechanical sculpture. By using interactivity, Snibe hopes to promote an understanding of the world as interdependent; destroying the illusion that each of us, or any phenomenon, exists in isolation from the rest of reality.
Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung was born in Hong Kong and is now living and working in New York. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Arts degree from San Francisco State University. His work has been exhibited at the New Museum, New York; Yerba Buena Center Of The Arts, San Francisco; Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California; Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; Postmasters Gallery, New York; Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, United Kingdom; Urbis, Manchester, United Kingdom; Hebbel Am Ufer theatre, Berlin, Germany and ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark.
Hung employs and remixes images from popular culture, political figures and imagery found in cyberspace. Most of Hung’s social conscious artworks adopt the form of advertising in a reduction of contemporary events to a cartoon like mythology. Through various media Hung aims to explore the nature of digital communication while touching on issues such as identity, politics, sexuality and power.
(Image: “Folies Bergere,” Lithograph, Artist Erie, 49″ x 36″ — Lore Degenstein Gallery collection)