Visiting artist to show work on campus

Two Houston based artists are coming to campus to exhibit photography, video and sculpture based work.

Curated by associate professor of art Rebecca Finley, “Second Nature” opens today featuring the work of visiting artists David Politzer and Krista Steinke at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery.

The artists will present their work, which attempts to show the conversation between humanity and nature and how the two points come together and differ.

According to the gallery’s statement, Steinke’s work focuses on capturing a dreamlike world hovering between decay and regeneration, while Politzer’s work investigates the way nature is experienced and the need to capture these experiences. Steinke’s work depicts nature in a distorted or illusionary sense, while Politzer takes an often, humorous approach to nature and human interaction.

Politzer is based in Houston, Texas. He studied art at Skidmore College where he received his BS in Art. He then studied photography at Sycracuse University where he received his MFA.

Politzer also studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Steinke lives in Houston and teaches at the visualization department at Texas A&M University. She studied at Valparaiso University where she received her BA in Art and Advanced Humanities. She also received a BFA in studio art from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and an MFA in photography and digital imaging from The Maryland Institute.

Steinke’s work shows interest in narrative as a means to explore the boundaries of visual perception and its intersection with memory, identity, a sense of place, and the enigmatic spaces in-between, according to the artist’s biography.

The exhibit will be open to the public today through Nov. 20 at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery located in the Art Building F.

The opening reception is tonight in the gallery from 6 to 7 p.m.

Politzer will give an artist talk immediately before the reception, beginning at 5 p.m. in Art Building E room 108.

Steinke will present a talk at the gallery’s closing, also in Art Building E room 108 at 5 p.m.

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