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March 22, 2010

German Innovator Bodo Korsig Returns to EPI’s Artist-In-Residence Program

He will present a public lecture and workshop for students March 23

German artist Bodo Korsig will return to Lafayette Tuesday, March 23, to present a public lecture and student workshops. Korsig previously was part of a joint artist-in-residence program between Lafayette’s Max Kade Center for German Studies and the Experimental Printmaking Institute in 2003.

He will give a talk about his work at noon in room 108 of the Williams Center for the Arts. Throughout the day, he will visit studio art classes and perform a workshop with the College’s Community-Based Teaching Program at the Williams Visual Arts Building.

Korsig is not only a print artist but also a painter, photographer, and designer of art books. He is fascinated by human behavior under extreme conditions, like fear, violence, pressure, or death. Korsig is well known for being a fine arts printmaker, but while most printmaking is done on a smaller scale, Korsig’s large works involve the use of a steamroller to create the prints.

His exhibit in 2003 reflected an interest in neuroscience and used abstract forms to visualize brain activity responses to certain German and English phrases. He is especially interested in what he calls “the artistic conflict of those neurological and cognitive processes taking place in man.”

Born in Zwickau, Germany, Korsig is a professor of art at the Academy of Fine Art in Trier. He has had over 35 one-person exhibitions all over the world and has been included in over 50 group exhibitions, including one at the Allentown Art Museum entitled Experimental Printmaking. Korsig is the recipient of 13 international art prizes, including the prestigious International Studio Prize, New York. A book on the artist, Bodo Korsig: Fate, contains a chapter by Robert Mattison, Marshall R. Metzgar Professor and head of art.

The Experimental Printmaking Institute was established by Curlee Raven Holton, professor of art, in 1996 to promote research and experimentation within the print medium. Since its inception, the EPI visiting artist and artist-in-residence programs have introduced students to over 50 artists from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. The visiting artists have provided students with talented, well-educated, and ambitious role models. Their residencies have inspired print editions, experimental works, and artists’ books, which have been included in galleries and exhibits around the globe.

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