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Gallery to Feature Botanical Sculptures by Rick Herzog


The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library, will host “Urban Landscape,” an exhibit of sculptures by Rick Herzog, from Jan. 11 to Feb. 3.

“My current work explores botanical forms, the lack of interaction between man and nature, our disconnection from this environment and the ‘artificialization’ of nature, natural spaces and all things living,” Herzog says.

“The Last Flower in the Emerald City,” 2007, stainless steel, lenticular film, glass bottles, formica, rubber tube, steel, 61 inches by 30 inches by 30 inches
“The Last Flower in the Emerald City,” 2007, stainless steel, lenticular film, glass bottles, formica, rubber tube, steel, 61 inches by 30 inches by 30 inches

His sculptures explore the organization and the chaos found within natural and man-made forms. Herzog studies the many separate parts that create the whole, then abstracts these elements – keeping true to their inherent qualities. By reversing the amount of similarity and variation, and using industrial materials and simplified forms, Herzog leads the viewer to a different understanding of nature and the dichotomy that is natural.

Herzog’s natural forms, with their chaotic, multilayered visual effects, are intended to be a metaphor for the rapid pace and overstimulation that dominates our world.

Herzog is an assistant professor of sculpture at New College of Florida in Sarasota. Since earning his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia, he has shown his works in a number of solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

The gallery will host a Meet the Artist Reception on Jan. 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 5:30. 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. (closed Saturday and Monday).

For more about the exhibit and The Gallery at Penn College, email or call 570-320-2445.

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