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Keats slates installations at MSU School of Art, Feb. 23-25

February 16, 2009

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Jonathon Keats, an installation artist, writer, art critic and scientist, will present two exhibitions as well as a workshop and lecture from Feb. 23-25 at the Montana State University School of Art. All events are free and open to the public.

Keats, who is also a novelist, science writer and art critic working in San Francisco, will demonstrate contemporary methodologies and philosophies he currently uses.

In his first exhibition, "Cinema Botanica: Pornography for Plants," Keats presents an "uncensored act of explicit pollination, filmed in photosynthetic silhouette for projection onto the exposed foliage of white flowering plants." Keats calls it a conceptual work that uses the gallery experience to engage the audience into an otherwise second-hand experience.

Keats will give a slide lecture, "Extraterrestrial Aesthetics, Divine Genetics, and Other Thought Experiments," at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in room 215 of Cheever Hall.

He will host a workshop for MSU students beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the MSU Sculpture Hall, in which a composition of a song cycle titled, "Mandeville Cantata," will be created. Those attending will map the creek, listen to the tempo, and determine how to recreate the creek in the Copeland Gallery using mapping techniques and boulders. The project will reflect Keats' interdisciplinary researching techniques and how they apply to his art exhibitions.

A reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, located on the second floor of Haynes Hall on the MSU campus. Haynes Hall is on 11th Avenue near the MSU Duck Pond.

Keats' visit is sponsored by the MSU School of Art, and NSF EPSCoR. For more information, please call Erin W. Anderson at 994-2562.

Erin Anderson (406) 994-2562, ewanderson@montana.edu