Luo, Dusk to Dusk

Jie Luo (Chinese, 1968- ), "Imprisoned-Falling," 2008; Acrylic on canvas, 70 7/8 h x 82 11/16 w (inches). One of the artists in the CWAM;s Fall 2016 exhibition, "Dusk to Dusk," Jie Luo's father was sent away to work for Mao, and his mother took him to work on a silk-worm farm where he watched the worms in the weaving hut. Luo later took up weaving fishing nets, and after his parents' deaths, he returned to art, incorporating the sinuous forms and fated figures from his life.



Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal

September 13-November 20, 2016
(The CWAM will be closed October 8-17, 2016, for the College's Fall Break.)

Sussel Gallery and the Burton D. Morgan Gallery

Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal turns a mirror to the world, examining individual isolation, political repression, and collective ennui in the decline of the industrial age, an age in which people are simultaneously singular and collective beings. Some seek a return to the land, others seek spiritual transcendence, and others share an affection for our new hybrid of increasingly alienated selves. Through painting, photography, sculpture, and video this exhibition explores a contemporary familiarity with collective darkness.

The exhibition is made up of thirty-seven works by twenty-eight artists. Ruud van Empel and Hideaki Kawashima summon primal anxieties of the body double and removable skin, made more relevant by the rise of virtual, second lives. Gilbert and George, Erwin Wurm, Laura Ford, and Almagul Menlibayeva deploy psychological references to the individual in a society of global displacement, liminal sexualities, and political casualties. Edward Burtynsky and Aristarkh Chernyshev show technology misused, warped, and left in ruins, mocking our technocratic hubris. While others, such as Matt Calderwood, Huma Bhabha, Matthew Day Jackson, and Tony Cragg, among others, take a more abstract approach, expressing a need for balance and intimacy in the ever-expanding human experience.

Together, these artists provide a glimpse into what it means to be an individual during the transition from the twentieth to the twenty-first century, allowing viewers to reflect on past mistakes while reveling in progressive poetics.

Artists: James Aldridge, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Edward Burtynsky, Matt Calderwood, Aristarkh Chernyshev, Tony Cragg, Salvador Dali, Desiree Dolron, Marcel Dzama, Laura Ford, Gilbert & George, Matthew Day Jackson, Hideaki Kawashima, Tianbing Li, Richard Long, Jie Luo, Jonathan Meese, Almagul Menlibayeva, Erwin Olaf, Hans Op de Beeck, Yang Shaobin, Anouk Steketee, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ruud van Empel, Levi van Veluw, Anne Wenzel, and Erwin Wurm.

Dusk to Dusk was organized by the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University, curated by Richard Rinehart, Director of the Samek Art Gallery, with works generously loaned from THE EKARD COLLECTION. The exhibition is toured by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.

Amber Kempthorn

January 24-March 10, 2017
Burton D. Morgan Gallery

2017 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition

April 28-May 14, 2017
Sussel Gallery