The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library, will host “Bodies Under Pressure,” a collection of sculptures by Douglas Tausik, from July 12 to Aug. 21.
Tausik’s sculptures are organic in form or, as the artist asserts, matter-of-fact representations of the invisible forces that affect a body as it undergoes transition.
Born in New York City in 1954 to artist parents, Tausik’s education started at the Rudolf Steiner School, an institution that believes in educating invisible forces of the mystical kind the so-called astral plane.
He went on to study at the Art Students League of New York, where he received a more traditional training, grounded in the study of the human figure. Later, following a career in real estate, Tausik furthered his education again at New York University, where he studied computer aided drafting.
He combines these influences in his current work: wood sculptures that, in their amoebic shapes, represent attraction, begging to be touched.
“Of course, when rubbed, they are subject to another force: erosion,” he says. “This means that sculptures, like a body, are never finished, but constantly evolving and always recreated every time a person comes into contact with them.”
The gallery will host a Meet the Artist Reception with Tausik on July 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with artist’s comments at 5:30.
Through July 31, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. (closed Saturday and Monday). Regular hours resume Aug. 1, when the gallery is open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 7 p.m.; and Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery will close Saturday and Monday.
All exhibits are free and open to the public.