The HUB-Robeson Galleries presents The Body in Question

February 17, 2009

University Park, Pa. – This spring the HUB-Robeson Galleries’ Art on the Move Program will exhibit paintings by Elody Geikis from March 5 - April 23 in the Cultural Lounge of North Residence Halls Warnock Commons. The Art on the Move program offers Penn State students and alumni the opportunity to exhibit their artwork throughout campus, providing a wider audience for their work and offering the experience to exhibit in a professional setting. The Art on the Move Program enhances the HUB-Robeson Galleries mission to contribute to students’ well-rounded education by providing diverse art experiences. It is free and open to the public.

These paintings are part of a larger, multi-media series entitled The Body in Question, in which Gyekis re-represents the human figure by abstracting it through multiple translations between photography, ceramics and painting. By reducing and simplifying the figure, Gyekis diminishes the individual to merely a textural component of a crowd. The paintings in this exhibition create tension by again giving the figures portrayed the status of individuals, but without a distinct identity coming into focus.The ambiguous forms and context allow the viewer to develop their own narrative within the work.

As a multimedia artist Gyekis is interested in the conversation between the different mediums she utilizes. By creating work through painting, sculpture, photography and video a dynamic play evolves that continuously changes and grows. Her work deals with humanity, identity and her own relationship with the academic, social, and artistic world.

Elody Gyekis is a BFA student in the Penn State School of Visual Arts, with a double concentration in Ceramics and Drawing/Painting, and minors in both Sociology and Civic and Community Engagement. In addition to her personal studio art, Elody has been involved in community art as a community mural organizer throughout Pennsylvania.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009