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Book signing event for Fifer’s publication, Architectural Conditions

Architectural Conditions book cover by Ken Fifer
Architectural Conditions

The Penn State Berks Bookstore will hold a book signing for Architectural Conditions, a collaborative publication from Dr. Kenneth Fifer, Professor of English at Penn State Berks, and Larry Mitnick, Associate Professor at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia College of Art and Design, and a Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. This event will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, from 1:00–2:30 p.m.

The project involves an ongoing dialogue between the poet, Fifer, and the architect, Mitnick. Fifer is a writer who is interested in visual images, while Mitnick is a visual artist who is interested in words. The movement back and forth between these two different mediums creates a dynamic process of reflection, discourse, and in the end, a working method.

As discussed in the book’s introduction, “Mitnick’s collages are not foremost meant to illustrate Fifer’s poems but to locate their architectural conditions. Fifer’s poems likewise do not seek to describe or illustrate Larry’s collages but to locate and share their spatial relationships.”

Fifer and Mitnick’s collaborations, large and small, began when the two men met as children growing up in the same Bronx housing project and have continued through the present day. The work is the product of their re-connection through time and art.

In addition, the Freyberger Gallery will host the exhibition Architectural Conditions from March 7–April 7, 2013.

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