SALEM, Va.—Roanoke College will present an art exhibit featuring painting and photography from September 8 – October 13 in the College’s Olin and Smoyer Galleries. Both of the galleries are open daily from 1-4 p.m. The opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Friday, September 8 at 7 p.m. For more information, please call the Olin Gallery at (540) 375-2332.
David Duncan will present painting in Olin Gallery and Mitch Kern will present photography in Smoyer Gallery.
Duncan’s paintings depict scenic locations often known before experienced and the activity which occurs when one visits these locales in person. Headlamps, English breakfast tea, post-it notes, and halter bikinis are integrated into scenes of American natural splendor, with results conflating the private and the commercial.
For his work, Kern stood outside his studio door, stopped people on the street, and asked them if they would collaborate with him on an art project. If they expressed interest, he brought them into the studio, showed them some of his work and explained his project. He would paint their bodies white and photograph them under studio light. At an arranged date, participants returned to the studio and using water-based paint, each of their bodies was painted from the shoulders up and photographed with a strobe light under a broad, soft box. The work has been shown in multiple venues and been interpreted on many different levels from many different perspectives. Kern believes it is the intersection of these ideas that creates a discourse as interesting as the work itself.
Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.