LEWISTON — Rachel Perry Welty, one of three artists showing work in a video series at the Bates College Museum of Art, will discuss her piece on Thursday, Feb. 17.

The talk, which is open to the public at no cost, will be at 6 p.m. in Room 104, Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St.

Welty, along with New York artist Christian Marclay and Dutch artists Roy Villevoye and Jan Dietvorst, provided videos for the museum’s exhibition “Dialogue, a video series.”

 Welty’s 2004 video “Karaoke Wrong Number” shows through March 3, followed by Villevoye and Dietvorst’s “Owner of the Voyage,” which runs through March 25.

“For ‘Karaoke Wrong Number,’ Welty lip-synchs to wrong-number messages left on her answering machine,” said Museum of Art director and series curator Dan Mills. “The video is humorous and mundane, and also deeply touching. Welty embodies the callers brilliantly, and projects the sense of urgency the found messages often convey.”

 “It made me consider how we shed information about ourselves as we move through our lives,” Welty told Sculpture Magazine. “That got me thinking about issues of privacy and how technology both helps and impedes communication.”

“Owner of the Voyage” is one of a series of videos Villevoye and Dietvorst made about the outside influences to which the Asmat people of Papua New Guinea have been exposed since their first contact with Westerners, in the 1950s.

 The series opened with Marclay’s “Telephones,” which uses telephone scenes from Hollywood films to create a fresh narrative.

Welty, a graduate of the Fifth Year Certificate program of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, lives in Gloucester, Mass., and New York City. She is known for making obsessive, repetitive and process-based works in diverse media, often using everyday objects. She recently opened ” Rachel Perry Welty 24/7,” her first large-scale solo museum show, at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass.

The college museum, also at 75 Russell St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 786-6158.


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