Painting exhibit features camouflage, religious iconography

For immediate release: September 17, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — A painter will exhibit abstract works based upon military camouflage patterns at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in October. Pamela Marks’ “Camouflage Series” will be exhibited from Monday, Oct. 6, to Friday, Oct. 31, in the Kehr Union, Multicultural Center.

A reception for Marks will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Marks will lecture about her works Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Marks’ paintings, done in watercolor on paper, incorporate the specific camouflage colors and patterns from nations around the world. Marks’ paintings also feature geometric shapes that suggest religious iconography, particularly the quincunx or “double cross” form.

“With military power and religious ideology currently at the crux of many global conflicts, this combination is especially timely,” Marks writes about her work. “The contrast of the sacred with the profane is apparent, but not paramount. Although this series incorporates military and religious cultural symbols, it is not a commentary on either, but an exercise in blending opposites to make something new.”

Marks is an associate professor of art at Connecticut College in New London, Conn. Previously, she has taught at Pont-Aven School of Art in Brittany, France, and was a visiting critic at Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Conn.
She has exhibited her work in France, Scotland, the Netherlands, Japan and Greece and at numerous venues across the United States.

Haas Gallery will be closed until 2009 due to renovations of the Haas Center for the Arts. During construction, exhibitions will be held in alternate venues on campus.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.