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|CANADIAN GRAPHIC DESIGNER TO EXHIBIT AT SOUTHEASTERN
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University's Clark Hall Gallery will showcase the work of contemporary
Canadian artist Adrian Göllner, March 6-April 17.
An opening reception for the
exhibit, which Gollner's has titled "Prop," is scheduled for 4 p.m. to
6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at the gallery. Clark Hall Gallery hours
are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays.
Göllner uses a variety of
mediums and techniques in a "chameleon-like" adaptation to the environments
in which he exhibits. In Winnipeg in 2000, he produced mock advertisements
for billboards. For an exhibition in a Cold War bunker in Ottawa, he designed
faux anti-communist propaganda posters. When showing his work in a conventional
gallery, he plays off the stylings of contemporary art.
"The intent is to satirize,
but I hope I do so with a degree of subtlety," Göllner said. "By closely
emulating commercial design standards my pieces defy easy interpretation
as art. The confusion is, I believe, a production one."
Göllner's recent work has
employed computer graphics to create work that combines his interests in
abstraction, advertising and the Cold War. He freely combines Cold War
imagery, historical references and suburban aesthetics to create artworks
that satirize the North American consumer culture.
The Clark Hall Gallery exhibit
will include examples of his "Cold War Cards," a set of 20 trading cards
which he created digitally in 1988 and marketed over the Internet. It also
will include works from "Correspondence Series," created in August 2000
for the 40th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In these works, excerpts
from letters between Nikita Khrushchev and John F. Kennedy are rendered
abstract by transcribing them into Morse Code.
Active in the Ottawa arts community,
Göllner has served as president of Gallery 101 and Artengine, a contemporary
Internet gallery. He also directed the Ottawa Super 8 Film Festival and
teaches at the Ottawa School of Art. His works can be viewed on his website,
For additional information about
the exhibit, contact Clark Hall Gallery interim director Robert Labranche,
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