Williamsport — The Lycoming College Art Gallery will open a new exhibit, “Trace,” featuring the works of French-born artist Karine Falleni. The exhibit opens on Oct. 18 and runs until Nov. 15, with an artist reception on Friday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m., followed by a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. This exhibit is free and open to the public.
“Trace” involves one of Falleni’s primary focuses in art: the relation between one’s movement and how the space surrounding them controls that movement. “My practice is an inquiry into recording a visual trace of my physical movement in space,” said Falleni. “I am interested in engaging with architectural spaces through intuitive mark-making. My marks become drawings in response to surrounding structures I encounter on a regular basis (walls, corners, floors…). I am fascinated with functioning within the confinements of these types of structures daily. I seek to map my immediate reactionary movement in these areas.”
Falleni dedicates an incredible amount of time, thought, and effort into her work, which will be reflected by the quality of her new exhibit. “I often question how much of our everyday movements are actually guided by the structures we encounter,” said Falleni. “The scale of a room dictates the gesture of my physical body, which leads to the mark making. My works emerge from the relationship between human body and architectural body. The finality is a capture of time.”
Falleni received her undergraduate degree at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and her master’s degree at Stony Brook University. She has displayed her work in New York, Washington D.C., Arizona, Toronto, Italy, and Egypt, including places such as the Islip Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art and MOCA Tucson. She currently lives in New York with her husband and their 12-year-old son.
The Lycoming College Art Gallery, located in downtown Williamsport at 25 W. Fourth St., contributes to the city’s arts culture and allows the College to become more involved with the surrounding community. Lycoming art students have the opportunity to interact with visiting artists and learn first-hand the inner workings of an art gallery.