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Multi-media installation: Roz Mortimer @ MSU

Montana State University School of Film and Photography, the School of Art and the Helen E. Copeland Gallery would like to invite the public to Passages (is this a love letter or a suicide note?), a multi media installation by the artist Roz Mortimer.  The exhibition dates are Tuesday April 12 – Tuesday April 19, 2011, and it is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM.  There will be an opening reception on Thursday April 14 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located within The School of Art’s Haynes Hall, on the second floor.

Passages (is this a love letter or a suicide note?) was created in response to a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy which was taken in collaboration with Robert Arnold, Director of the School of Film and Photography. At Bellagio the artists worked together to create a bank of images with the intention of developing separate but linked responses to this unique place.

This two channel video installation interweaves thousands of still photographs, video and timelapse photography to take the viewer on a choreographed journey through the labyrinthine gardens and ruins of Villa Serbelloni on Lake Como. Mortimer’s diary became the narrative base of the work, it is a confessional and intimate essay referencing Calvino, Borges, Mann and Twain whilst recording a personal response to the isolation and beauty of this place.

The passage of time, light, and people is central to Passages, where location and landscape become devices to explore duality, enclosure and isolation – both as physical and psychological states. Intersecting paths open out into seemingly impossible locations, mysterious doors set into the rock reveal secret passageways, and as the cicadas call, a sense of languor gives way to obsession and an unraveling of sanity.  Passages was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Arts Council England and Film London Artists Moving Image Network.

Roz Mortimer is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in London, UK. She is currently Visiting Professor in the School of Film and Photography at MSU. Her work has been widely shown around the world in galleries, cinemas, at film festivals and on television and has been supported by Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, Rockefeller Foundation, British Council, Film London, LFVDA, LAFVA, Eastern Arts and Channel 4 Television.

Her work is focused on expanded and experimental forms of documentary across a range of media; from film and video to photography, sound, installation and performance. Earlier works unpicked notions of Englishness, whereas more recent films have focused on specific global locations from the High Arctic to the Italian Lakes, creating layered and thought provoking portraits which blur the boundaries between staged theater and documentary and raise questions about the relationship between fact and fiction.

Emily Browne MFA Exhibition: here we are

Emily Browne will be exhibiting her Masters of Fine Arts thesis show, here we are, in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery at the School of Art at Montana State University from April 4-8, 2011.

There will be a public thesis defense at 11:00 am in the gallery on April 4th, and an artist’s reception on Thursday, April 7th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Browne’s thesis is comprised of large-scale figurative drawings. The work addresses ideas of relationships, memory, familiarity and space.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. For more information, contact the artist at efbrowne@gmail.com.

Italia: Semester in Italy

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is proud to celebrate 10 years of the School of Art’s study abroad program in Europe with an exhibition titled Italia: Semester in Italy that will run from November 8 – 19, 2010. The gallery has been handed over to the 15 MSU students who spent spring 2010 semester studying in Italy so they could install a group exhibition that brings their experience back to Montana. On display will be their drawings and photographs, as well as, well-worn travel journals filled with memories, maps and sketches.

A closing reception will be held on Thursday November 18, 7 – 9PM, in the Copeland Galley, Haynes Hall.

Christensen and students: The Pod Bay Door and more

The exhibition at The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is a collaborative project by the students at Montana State University and the international artist-in-residence, Jan Christensen. The installation in the gallery consists of a video, artworks and props by the students that were made in response to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick (1968). There will be an opening reception on Thursday 21 September, 7PM – 9PM, at the gallery.

The exhibition includes sketches and notes documenting the process of making the video and organizing the show. The original film by Kubrick has been dissected and thoroughly discussed, resulting in a production of fragmented points of views as the different groups of students worked on the separate parts of the story. The constant discussion and critical reading of the work is reflected in documentation of meetings and production scenes, and there is an emphasis on the supercomputer Hal and his distrust of the human beings and his superiority to man, paralleled in the discussions between the students on the actual realization of the project.

The re-make, entitled 2010: The Pod Bay Door, is also an experiment on how to use the simplest means available to produce a video work. Certain parts are more elaborate, but most of the filming has been done with the simplest hand-held digital cameras. The actual title refers to the point in the film where Hal shuts the door of the spaceship in an attempt to leave two astronauts to die in space.

Jan Christensen lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He was born in 1977 in Copenhagen, Denmark and studied at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD/KHiO) in Oslo 1997-2000. If you’d like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Kate Jo at 406/994-2562 or email her at katejo@montana.edu

MSU faculty photography show

Montana State University is proud to present Matter, an exhibition of  photographic works from the MSU School of Film & Photography photo faculty.  The works will be on exhibit Monday 20 September – Thursday 7  October, 2010, at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall.  The gallery is open Monday through Friday 9AM – 5PM. Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday 23 September, 7PM – 9PM, at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery.

Contributing artists include: Christina Z. Anderson, Kyle Bajakian, Charlie Capp, Rudi Dietrich, John Hooton, Jonathan Long, Alexis Pike, Lucia Ricciardelli, Ian van Coller, and Daniel Wise.

MSU Ceramics Collection

Montana State University is proud to present an exhibition of ceramic works from the MSU permanent collection. The works will be on exhibit Monday 30 August – Thursday 16 September, 2010, at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall. The gallery is open Monday through Friday; 9AM – 5PM (except Labor Day, Monday 6 September). There will be a closing reception on Thursday 16 September, 7PM – 9PM, at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, with invited speaker Josh DeWeese.

View rare and incredible ceramic objects from the MSU archives. The front gallery takes viewers back more than 100 years through the astoundingly beautiful Pueblo Pottery of the Southwest United States. These large bowls, polychrome jars and assorted objects represent excellent examples of pots from the Zia, Acoma, Santa Clara, and Santa Domingo Pueblos.

The back gallery represents the MSU Ceramics Research Collection. Included in the exhibition are pieces by alumni, former professors and visiting artists at Montana State University; such as Peter Voulkos, Rudy Autio and Frances Senska. Experience early 1950’s Peter Voulkos glazed, wheel-thrown pottery and witness the beginnings of his raw abstract expressionist forms. This collection also includes raw clay pieces by American masters Rudy Autio, Paul Soldner and Patti Warashina. Included in this show are pieces made by current professors Josh DeWeese and Dean Adams, as well as, current School of Art Graduate Students in Ceramics Dave Peters and Ernest Forward.

Hatch Show Print posters @ Copeland Gallery

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is excited to announce a month-long exhibition of letterpress posters from the legendary Hatch Show Print. Truly an American treasure, the print shop is located literally around the corner from the original Grand Ole Opry building in Nashville, Tennessee. This working letterpress and design shop has been in operation since 1879 producing promotional posters for recording artists and advertisers alike.

On display are 40 color prints including those for concerts by music legends such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Patron, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley, as well as more contemporary artists like Frank Black. The exhibition also displays several samples of classic advertising posters created for county fairs and 50’s travel trailers, which incorporate large woodblock printing techniques.

Sponsored by the Graphic Design program in the MSU School of Art, the exhibition will run from January 11 to February 12, 2010. There will be an evening reception open to the public on Thursday, January 21st from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall at Montana State University. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information please call 406 994-4501.