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Part Cubist, Part Surrealist: Collage Works on Display

Two- and three-dimensional collage works that are part cubist, part surrealist will challenge perspectives and delight the eye in the next exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Mikhail Gubin’s “Geometry,” running Nov. 6 through Dec. 11, offers works on paper and wooden sculptures from an award-winning artist who was born in the former Soviet Union.

A Meet the Artist Reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, featuring a 5:30 p.m. gallery talk. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

“Bowl of the Ocean Soup” – wood, acrylic, ink, 34 inches by 24 inches by 20 inches
“Bowl of the Ocean Soup” – wood, acrylic, ink, 34 inches by 24 inches by 20 inches

Gubin creates works that don’t exist in nature but at the same time are organic. His art on paper emanates from geometric drawings that are cut up and carefully reassembled. The images are similar to the action of our memory: From fragments we reconstruct the past. Similarly, his sculptural works are created using an additive method that involves attaching small wooden pieces to a larger wooden form. He uses wood discarded from city construction sites and values the process of creation and the idea of giving new life to unwanted materials.

“I’m pleased the gallery is featuring this creative and visionary artist,” said Penny Griffin Lutz, manager of The Gallery at Penn College. “His work has been recognized around the world, and it will definitely inspire gallery visitors with its abstract, unique and geometric viewpoints.” Gubin studied art near Moscow and has resided in New York City since 1989. His body of work includes sculptures, collages, drawings, paintings and photography. His resume includes 33 solo and more than 200 group exhibitions in the United States and worldwide.

This year, Gubin received the Art Times Award at the Audubon Artists Annual Exposition. In 2014, he became a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship program in the category of crafts/sculpture.

The Gallery at Penn College is on the third floor of Madigan Library. The gallery is open 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday; 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. The gallery is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 25-29.

In addition to serving as an educational resource for Penn College students and a cultural asset to the college and community, the gallery is dedicated to promoting art appreciation through exhibitions of contemporary art.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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