Saturday, September 19, 2009 by Keith

Ruins and Life Beth at K. Stocker Gallery a huge hit!

Stocker Gallery

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ruins and Life – Photographs by Keith Berr and Poetry by Bruce Weigl

Through a series of photographs and poems, Berr and Weigl tell personal stories of life in Southeast Asia from the streets of Cambodia to the waters of Halong Bay, Vietnam.

Dr. Bruce Weigl, a Distinguished Professor in the Division of Arts and Humanities at Lorain County Community College, and Keith Berr, an award winning photographer with studios in Cleveland, Ohio and Santa Fe, New Mexico, have collaborated on a very special exhibition of photography and poetry titled Ruins and Life.

The exhibition, which is featured in the Beth K. Stocker Gallery at Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Art Center from Thursday, September 10 –Friday, October 9, 2009, Gallery Hours are 10:30 to 2:30pm Monday through Friday, and additional hours by appointment for groups or classes can be arranged by contacting Joan Perch at the Stocker Arts Center: 440 366 4140, or 800 995 5222 ext 4140 or jperch@lorainccc.edu.

Ruins and Life features a series of photographs by Berr and poems by Weigl that reflect their personal stories and experiences as well as history and life in Southeast Asia, from the temples and streets of Cambodia to the waters of Halong Bay, Vietnam. The photographs included in this exhibition are part of a personal series of images Berr captured in Southeast Asia while he and his partner Linda Barberic were exploring the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia. Built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, this temple represents one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. A symbol of Cambodia, it is the only temple to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation. The structures one sees at Angkor today are the surviving remains of a grand religious, social and administrative metropolis whose other buildings - palaces, public buildings, and houses - were built of wood and are long since decayed and gone. Inspired by the iconic nature of the sculptures within the temple and the spirit of the people he encountered, Berr has captured the essence of a people and a culture that has endured for centuries while reflecting the struggles, the rewards and the story of the impermanence of human existence.

These incredible images are paired with the poetry of Bruce Weigl, whose unflinchingly honest poems, about Vietnam and about America, have brought him critical praise, a wide readership, and international eminence. Born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, Weigl spent four years in the service, serving in Vietnam from December 1967 to December 1968, where he received the Bronze Star. Weigl survived to become one of America's most admired poets, eloquently speaking for an entire generation of Americans whose lives were broken by the war and whose moral confusion desperately needed addressing.

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