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    Date: 10/15/97
      Contact:                           Carol Dotson   52K

     HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University's Clark Hall Gallery's Fanfare exhibit,
"Art and the Environment," features over 50 Louisiana artists making statements on man's
inability to live in harmony with nature.  Among the featured artists is Gary Keown, a
Southeastern art professor who also created this year's FANFARE poster.
     Keown's poster design show's his work "Can't Hear the Forest for the Trees."  Keown,
who first sketched this work in May, has also created a three-dimensional version of the poster,
which is included in the "Art and The Environment" Exhibit. 
     The artist says this work is a statement on the "high-tech" and "big business" activities of
the outdoors, particularly camping.  "People spend  time and money to bring all the conveniences
of home with them, all this high-tech equipment, when they go camping," he said. "And they
miss out on what they went into the environment to do in the first place - enjoy nature. They
don't take advantage of being outdoors." 
     The sculpture varies slightly from the poster, but Keown said that's because his ideas
change and take shape as he is creating a piece. "Once I do the drawing, I then convert to it to 
3D.  When you're drawing it's a lot easier, because you don't have to deal with the properties of
gravity." But, said Keown, he keeps the general idea and feel of the work. In "Can't Hear the
Forest...," the tent pictured on the poster version has changed to an Airstream camper, complete
with lights, in the finished sculpture. The "nature visitors" are shut up tightly in their camper,
while their portable satellite dish brings in their favorite television shows. This unique sculpture
is also wired for sound and the sounds we hear range from nature's music of nighttime crickets to
interference from television shows.  The sound comes from two "speaker ready" trees in the  


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laminate forest. "The trees are harping at the visitors even though they can't hear it." said Keown.
"One of our problems is that we don't always realize how we're affecting the environment. A lot
of my work deals with commentary of society and behavior patterns of humanity."
Keown is working on new pieces with similar concerns.  A sister piece to the Fanfare sculpture is
tentatively titled, "Can't Hear The Ocean For The Crude" focusing on pollution and oil spills.
All of the pieces will incorporate technology ranging from television monitors to visual
     Keown teaches graphic arts and computer design and will direct Southeastern's Digital
Arts Center. He received his MFA from the University of South Carolina-Columbia and a
bachelors at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has studied graphics and computer
graphics at the Apple/Macintosh Education Center in Charlotte, N.C., Guilford College and
Syracuse University and has had his work shown in numerous solo and group exhibits. 
     Three other Southeastern faculty members are represented in the "Art and the
Environment" Exhibit  they are: Gail Hood, Barbara Tardo and Ron Kennedy. The exhibit will
run through October 31 at Southeastern's Clark Hall Gallery and Sims Memorial Library. Gallery
hours are 8 am- 4 pm Monday-Friday. 

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