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The 1982 science fiction film Blade Runner revolves around characters called Nexus Series replicants genetically designed by the Tyrell Corporation. Replicants in the movie are virtually identical to adult humans, but have superior strength, agility, and variable intelligence depending on their model. The only way to distinguish replicant from human is by using a Voight-Kampff test that detects a replicant’s lack of emotions. A derogatory term for a replicant is "skin-job."
During the month of March an exhibit of George Cooley’s Voight-Kampff Art will be on display at the Transit Fine Arts Gallery in Oil City. There will be a reception at the gallery for the artist on Monday the 16th of March from 7:00-8:30 PM. The event is open to the public.
George Cooley is an Oil City resident and artist… and a big fan of the Blade Runner movie ever since it came out. He is probably influenced personally by the movie, though does not believe his art is. Nonetheless, his recent paintings explore canvas as skin, “replicating” epidermal texture, form and decoration.
The Voight-Kampff Art Exhibit will emphasize George’s recent “skin job” paintings. He considers these pieces to be Trans Avant-garde works that explore the emotions evoked by glimpses of skin.
George and his family recently relocated to Oil City from Massachusetts where his work was exhibited in a number of galleries, museums and shows. He has an extensive background with design firms and art material manufacturers. Trained as a filmmaker and printmaker, his fine art work focuses on painting and drawing formats. George is a graduate of the Chicago Art Institute, and did his graduate work at Northwestern University.
Transit Fine Arts Gallery is open to the public 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday. The facility showcases the work of regional artists displaying their paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodworking, weaving, and much more. The Transit Fine Arts Gallery is located at 206 Seneca, Oil City, PA – phone (814) 667 3982.