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Lycoming College’s film and video arts program will sponsor guest speaker Anne Lesley Selcer with a talk on her award-winning book, “Sun Cycle,” and other recent works, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m., in the Fine Arts Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public. An art writer and poet, Selcer is currently on tour promoting her book of poetry, “Sun Cycle.” The book – released just last month – was recently named the winner of the First Poetry Book Award published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center.
Written from inside its own formal conundrum, “Sun Cycle” deals with representation, value, power, gender and the aesthetic. Influenced by 80’s film theory updated for 24-hour access screen time, it is obsessed with images and is named for the star that makes vision possible. Selcer’s poems shift deftly from treatise to entreaty, casting form and finance as corollary particulates in the air surrounding art-making.
“The diversity of mediums Anne Lesley’s work incorporates speaks to students in any of the arts disciplines on the Lycoming campus, including those studying painting, film, and writing — in all of which critique plays a major role,” said Stephen St. Francis Decky, visiting assistant professor of film and video arts at Lycoming College. “Her distinct view as both artist and art critic is also quite unique.”
Selcer is a collaborator with the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art’s Open Space, an online interdisciplinary commissioning platform. She has received commissions from Artspeak, and her writing can be found most notably in Hyperallergic and catalogs for Dietch Projects. She is also the author of “Blank Sign Book,” a book of essays on art. She is a columnist for the Jacket2 commentary series and was columnist-in-residence for Open Space. Her writing on literature can be found in Formes Poetiques Contemporaines, With + Stand, and Jacket2, and her poems appear in The Chicago Review, Fence, Elderly, Armed Cell, The Capilano Review, Action, Yes!, and more. Selcer has also written on Juliana Huxtable, Ana Mendieta, Janet Cardiff, Ragnar Kjartansson, Dolores Dorantes, Etel Adnan and Ronaldo Wilson. She created and curated the innovative Chroma Reading Series for text based artists, poets and researchers.