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Lycoming College will host "For an Experience of Wholeness," a solo exhibition by Jessica Mallios from March 29 to April 13 in the Digital Media Gallery of the Mass Communication Building.
Mallios will hold a free lecture in the College's Fine Arts Lecture Hall from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, followed by a gallery opening and reception from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Digital Media Gallery. While the lecture and gallery opening are open to the public, additional viewings are by appointment only.
"For an Experience of Wholeness" introduces Mallios' new body of work, part of an ongoing project that considers the relationship between spectacle and artifice. Drawing from experiences of kitsch and illusion, the work examines how our natural world is internalized and culturally replicated into framing devices and displayed objects.
For her exhibition at Lycoming, Mallios uses found and constructed ersatz-objects from the physical world in relation to the study and abstraction of light, historical origins of spectacle, and framed presentations.
Mallios earned an MFA in photography in 2005 from Bard College in upstate New York. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, notably at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Houston Fotofest; The Texas Biennial; Arthouse at The Jones Center, Austin; Jen Bekman Gallery, New York; Scalo Project Space, New York; Affirmation Arts, New York; Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia; and The Mobile Archive Project in Tranzit, Poland. Her work has been featured in The Texas Biennial Catalog, Collectors Guide to Emerging Art Photography, Lakes Were Rivers #1, and Perspectives 168 Exhibition Catalog. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.