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BITTER-SWEET exhibit at Palmer Gallery to use Casperkill Creek plants as art. October 24 - November 10, 2007

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Call it a "bittersweet" look at what grows along the banks of Poughkeepsie's Casperkill Creek.

A new exhibition at Vassar College's Palmer Gallery called BITTER-SWEET, which opens Wednesday, October 24 and runs through Saturday, November 10, will use research on the invasive plant Oriental Bittersweet as art material in a variety of mediums. This thought-provoking installation is designed to make viewers consider how, like Oriental Bittersweet, humans can be both beneficial and destructive for their environments. The Palmer Gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibit on Wednesday, October 24 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

In the exhibit, artists Ginger Andro and Chuck Glicksman use the invasive plant as a larger metaphor for things that are both good and bad. For instance, while Oriental Bittersweet is recognized for its beauty and is often used in flower arrangements, it can also be extremely destructive to other plant life in its environment.

"As observers, we're making art reflect the place we are in – in this case, the Casperkill Creek in Poughkeepsie," said Glicksman.

"And we're asking people to reflect on how Bittersweet affects its environment and how humans affect their own surroundings," Andro added.

In conjunction with Vassar's Environmental Studies Program, Andro and Glicksman learned about the Casperkill Creek from biologists, geographers, botanists, archeologists, geologists, political scientists, fellows, students, and community spokespeople. The artists have adapted these issues and elements into their art – in a multi-faceted installation that includes video projection, reflection, scent, and sound. Composer Jim Papoulis will provide the soundscape featured in the exhibit.


Ginger Andro and Chuck Glicksman are married and have been working as a collaborative team for more than six years making sculptural installations that bring together their individual artistic concerns to create a single entity. They create installations, with video projection, mirror, sound, fabric, and scent, establishing a unique voice of their shared narrative, allowing the viewer to explore their subjects and spaces and participate in a personal and intimate way.

Andro's work as a painter was transformed by her obsession with reflection. She began including mirrored shards and her work evolved into 3-dimensional painted canvases. Later, she constructed boxed environments where reflection became integral to the sculpted forms of manipulated plexi-glass, paint, and paper. Her experience with natural perfumery, fabrication, and design are a direct result of her desire to acquire the experience and skills to pursue her art making and the foundation to her current work as well. Andro studied with Alan Siegel and Vyto Kasuba and received a bachelor's degree from the College of Mount St. Vincent. She continued study at The School of Visual Arts, Parsons, and the New School in New York.

Glicksman's installation work brings together his experiences with experimental filmmaking, video projection, and sound. His background in producing industrial multi-media installations, painting, and sculpture has all contributed to his development and define his approach to art making. He studied with Ken Jacobs and Saul Levine at The State University of New York at Binghamton and received a BA in Cinematography. He continued study at the Arts Students League, School of Visual Arts and Parsons.

Their exhibitions include: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, The Lance Fung Gallery, Nurture Art, Gallery Boreas, Montclair State University, Rockland Center for the Arts, and City Without Walls. Recently they participated on a panel, discussing collaboration with Lance Fung, Agnes Denes, Jene Highstein, Richard Humann, Kim Levin, and Joshua Selman at New York's Artist Talk on Art.


Jim Papoulis composes and orchestrates music for film, commercials, dance, classical ensembles, songs, live shows, and children's choral ensembles. Papoulis's distinctive musical style explores the connection between technology and musical traditions from around the globe. Recent commissions for work include: new ballet for Alvin Ailey featuring Children's Choir, Orchestra, and World Percussion; concert piece for the All City Boys Choir of NY; and collaboration with Tony Award winner Geoffrey Holder recreating The Dance Theater of Harlem's signature "Prodigal Son." Papoulis holds graduate degrees in music composition and performance from the University of Miami School of Music and the University of Pennsylvania.

The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. For Palmer Gallery hours, or to arrange accommodations for people with disabilities, call the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, October 12, 2007