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Canadian artist and satirist Adrian Göllner will give a presentation at noon Friday Aug. 30, in Room 136 of the university's Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center in conjunction with his exhibition, "Red Scare," which currently is on display at the University Gallery. The gallery, located at 350 W. 21st St. in Norfolk, will host a closing reception with the artist 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. The show continues through Sept. 8.

The artist's talk, exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. For more information on Adrian Göllner go to

A contemporary artist working in Ottawa, Göllner is widely exhibited throughout Canada, the Netherlands and England, and has won several public-arts commissions. His largely satirical works employ abstract pattern and graphic design techniques that reference the histories of modern art and the Cold War to create a "faux propaganda." He pays particular attention to points where these histories coincide, such as the development of camouflage, the Russian avant-garde and abstract expressionism.

Works included in the exhibition are:
- "The Crisis series" - the seven letters of correspondence between Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and U.S. President
John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis transcribed into Morse code;
- "Civil Defense Posters" - derived from the original posters placed in bus shelters in downtown Ottawa, the series reflects the optimism inherent in manuals on how to survive nuclear war;
- "The International Military Aviation Insignia Star Cluster Series" - the pure abstraction of recognizable symbols placed in unexpected settings; and
- "The Target Series" - while resembling targets, the size of the target will be proportional to the caliber of bullet used when firing a specific grouping.

The University Gallery is open from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information call 683-2355 or visit http://www.metonym.org/studio/odu/.

This article was posted on: August 19, 2002

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