Gallery Exhibit to Explore Overlooked Moments

Published 10.22.2008


Untitled (R.R.), 2007, encaustic on panel, 8.5 inches by 8.5 inchesThe Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology's Madigan Library, will host "," a collection of paintings by Brian Bishop, from Oct. 26 to Nov. 21.

Bishop's paintings attempt to pinpoint the overlap between opposites such as the intangible and the tangible, the conceptual and the visceral, the forgotten and the remembered. Some of his inspiration comes from snapshot photography, surveillance films and portraiture. His work addresses memory, in particular, as it is explored through the medium of photography, and asks: Does the moment captured by the camera represent truth or fiction?

"Through this work I mine the landscape of the common, the mundane, the banal and the fragmented as they are presented in the context of notation, documentation and memory," Bishop says. "It navigates the intersection of the overabundant surveilled image and the poignancy of the intimate vignette or home movie. Implied narratives and contexts are generated on the margins, between the images and outside the frame. The resulting images appear disjunctive and out-of-context, alluding to the "˜lost' images on a roll of film, the in-between moments and the "˜throwaway' image the mistake."

Bishop attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. He earned a bachelor's degree from Memphis College of Art and a master of fine arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He recently exhibited his work at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, the University of Delaware and Georgetown University. He is an assistant professor of art at Framingham State College in Massachusetts.

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place in the gallery on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bishop will offer an artist's lecture at 4 p.m. in the first-floor Presentation Room of the Student and Administrative Services Center, followed by a 5:30 p.m. talk in the gallery.

Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

"" is part of the college's Current View Artist Series, which showcases contemporary artists working in a variety of media. Sponsored by the college's media arts department, it provides an opportunity to broaden and enrich the educational experience at Penn College.

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