Art Gallery hosts "A-Dressing the Future" exhibit

Art Gallery hosts "A-Dressing the Future" exhibit

A photo of Dextras' "A-Dressing the Future" exhibit.

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The Lycoming College Art Gallery will host Nicole Dextras’ "A-Dressing the Future" exhibit from Friday, Sept. 11 to Saturday, Oct. 10. A reception will be held Sept. 25 at 25 W. Fourth Street, Williamsport from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and an artist gallery talk will be held at 5 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.

“A-Dressing the Future,” a series of photographs, is the culmination of 10 years of installations and photography that values the pathos in decay. The photographs are arranged to simulate a magazine layout but the columns of text have been left blank. This is the work of a mad editor who decides to revive the printed page into a post-apocalyptic montage of images.

“The ‘A-Dressing the Future’ series looks at the worlds of adornment and language in a dystopian scenario of survivors, where the fragility of life is more evident, words melt and grow while the need for beautification and status persists,” said Dextras. “This work questions our dependency on language and our conviction of its certainty. It also dresses the survivors of this dystopian future in plant-based garments that epitomize the resourcefulness of future creatives in the face of material shortages.”

In addition to having Dextras’ exhibit on display in the Lycoming College Art Gallery, she will also be an artist-in-residence at Lycoming College for a week in September, working with art students on a site-specific environment art project.

Dextras is a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art, where she has been a sessional teacher since 2003. Her art practice is based in social interventions and environmental installation, rooting nature to our everyday urban experience. She has exhibited her work in Canada, U.S. and Asia. Recent projects include the German National Garden Show in Germany, the Eco-Art-Fest in Toronto, Winterjourney Art Residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, and “Ego-Eco” at the Begovich Gallery at California State University Fullerton. She has been awarded both provincial and federal art grants and is a founding member of the Art Is Land Network, an artist collective; the British Colombia Book Arts Guild; and the Granville Island Artists Association. For more information on her work, please visit Dextras' website.

The Lycoming College Art Gallery is open Wednesday – Friday from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. On First Fridays, the gallery stays open until 9 p.m. The gallery features regional and national exhibitions in addition to the annual Art Faculty Show and Senior Show. For more information, visit the Lycoming College Art Gallery website.

  • Art student Kelly Pankowski modeling the dress created during Nicole Dextras' residency.

    Art student Kelly Pankowski modeling the dress created during Nicole Dextras' residency.

  • Art student Kelly Pankowski modeling the dress created during Nicole Dextras' residency.

    Art student Kelly Pankowski modeling the dress created during Nicole Dextras' residency.

  • Nicole Dextras and art student Kelly Pankowski.

    Nicole Dextras and art student Kelly Pankowski.

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