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The Mary Hulton Phillips Gallery at BC3 hosts The Future is the Past poetry and art exhibit

(Butler, PA) The Mary Hulton Phillips Gallery at Butler County Community College hosts the work of M. Scott Reagan in an exhibit entitled The Future is the Past. The exhibit includes poetry embodied in kinetic sculpture that explores history, sustainability, and community authorship. There will be an opening reception on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with a talk by the artist in the gallery. The work will be on display through Tuesday, November 25.

Reagan a writer, poet, and artist began by exploring the possibilities of text becoming dynamic works of art. The idea expanded into a public poetry project with text contributed from people at public places in the Erie Canal area of New York, as well as through a website that invited further submissions. The show has been exhibited at the Market Street Art Center and the Kenan Art Center, both in Lockport, and at the Burchfield Penney Museum in Buffalo, New York.

Through this work, Reagan investigates how poetry can be ergodic (requiring non-trivial effort to read) by creating kinetic sculptures that he calls “axial poems."

“In these sculptures,” said Reagan,” poetic lines rotate on either horizontal or vertical axes, requiring active effort to access the texts and also allowing the reader/user to experiment with re-mixing the text. This possibility also erodes traditional notions of authorship.”

The Future is the Past exhibit experiments with the concept of community authorship. The sculpture reflects a sensitivity to sustainable practice in its choice of materials: repurposed barn-wood, cob (earth, sand, straw), limewash, copper, and aluminum.

Reagan was born and raised in Middlesex Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, and began writing poetry and short stories in grade school. He earned an associate degree in Graphic Design from Butler County Community College in 2001 where he served as a Graphic Design Editor for the FACETS Literary and Art magazine. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Slippery Rock University in 2008 and was a Poetry Editor for the university’s literary magazine SLAB.

Reagan began exploring the intersections between artistic disciplines while at Slippery Rock University when he collaborated with music students in a performance that combined jazz and poetry. He also had an opportunity to collaborate with visual artists in the creation of two “artist books” that were part of a traveling exhibition. He began his own interdisciplinary practice during a month long writer’s residency in Basin, Montana when he created a found object sculpture-poem called “Visions of Basin."

For more information about exhibits at the Mary Hulton Phillips Gallery, contact Larry Stock at 724-287-8711, ext.8425 or email larry.stock@bc3.edu.