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First U.S. showing of artist Melissa Marks’ "Adventures of Volitia: Paradise, Again" at Vassar's Palmer Gallery, Oct. 5 - Nov. 5, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Adventures of Volitia: Paradise, Again, an installation by Melissa Marks that originated in 2009 at Bloomberg SPACE in London as part of their prestigious COMMA series of contemporary art, will be presented for the first time in the United States at Vassar College’s James W. Palmer III Gallery. The exhibition will feature a new wall drawing created by Marks in response to the setting of the Palmer Gallery. The exhibition will be on view from Tuesday, October 5, through Saturday, November 5, 2010. The Palmer Gallery is open to the public without charge and is located in the College Center of Main Building. The gallery hours are: Mondays to Saturdays from 11:00am – 6:00pm, and Sundays from 12:00 – 6:00pm. The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, October 5, from 5:00 to 7:00pm.
 
Drawings, paintings, large-scale wall drawing installations, and animation, form the basis of Marks’ ongoing Adventures of Volitia. Marks wrote, "I imagined that a remnant of abstraction, a detachable Pollock drip, rose up, caught a glimpse of itself in a mirror, and became self-aware. Volitia (as in volition) became a hybrid hero; part Superman, part Eve—creation come to life. The ‘adventures’ continue in order to accommodate this malleable character and her raging capacity for change. Volitia continues because her restless nature demands new venues. She moves because we watch. What we see, an ongoing abstract narrative, becomes the armature for our own fantasies and stories.”
 
The evolving views of Adventures of Volitia have been seen at Bloomberg SPACE (London, UK), Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery (New York, NY), The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, CT), PS1/ MOMA Center for Contemporary Art (New York, NY), as well as other venues throughout the United States and Europe.  

About the James W. Palmer III Gallery

Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.
 
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at  www.vassar.edu/directions.
 
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

James W. Palmer III Gallery Fall Exhibition Schedule
Gallery hours: Mondays to Saturdays from 11:00am – 6:00pm, and Sundays from 12:00 – 6:00pm
845.437.5370
palmergallery.vassar.edu 

September 13 - 25
Summer Work
Eleven students from the Vassar College Studio Art Department present their summer work. Artist reception on September 13 at 5:00pm.

October 5 - November 5
Adventures of Volitia: Paradise, Again.
An installation by Melissa Marks that originated in 2009 at Bloomberg SPACE in London as part of their prestigious COMMA series of contemporary art. Now shown for the first time in the United States with a new wall drawing by the artist created in response to its setting at the Palmer Gallery. Artist reception on October 5 at 5:00pm.

November 11 - December 17
Walk on By . . .
Photographs by Monica D. Church. Artist reception on November 11 at 5:00pm.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, September 14, 2010