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Student's Biblical Journey Revealed in Borland Gallery Exhibition

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Pietata by Corey Magloire

i.Before.Leaving.Earth, an exhibition of mixed media works by Corey Magloire, B.F.A candidate in art (sculpture), will be on display in the Borland Gallery on the Penn State University Park campus, November 4-8, 2013. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. A reception will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 6:00 p.m., in the gallery.

In i.Before.Leaving.Earth, Magloire’s works are high influenced by his past religious beliefs as a Pentecostal Christian. “The title refers to the modern-day acronym that I was raised to believe: the B.I.B.L.E. stood for Basic.Instructions.Before.Leaving.Earth,” Magloire says. When he became a young adult, he began to refer to the Bible as the “ible,” believing that none of the instructions were actually basic.

By altering objects drawn from public spaces through anthropomorphized narratives, Magloire’s work addresses social conditioning in cultural beliefs. “Pietata” is a play on the iconic sculpture “Pieta” by Michelangelo, referencing the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ upon his death. Magloire says, “I enjoy the differences and similarities cultures share throughout their myths and religions. It is the blurred line between cultural beliefs that intrigues me.”

Upon graduation in December 2013, Magloire will work for the design department of Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. He plans to continue his art in graduate school.

For more information, contact Corey Magloire, cjm5535@psu.edu