Ger Killeen, Marylhurst University, Text-Image PoetryMarylhurst professor Ger Killeen’s exhibition of multimedia poetry at Lincoln City Cultural Center opens Nov. 11, 2016.

Ger Killeen partners with Kate Saunders in this unique exhibition of art and poetry. It has been said that in dreams, a house represents one’s self. Using this metaphor, Kate Saunders has created small abodes of fused glass and textural mixed media, symbolizing particular people or groups of people.

In his part of this exhibition, Ger Killeen has transformed original poems into a multimedia experience which emphasizes both the visual materiality of his texts and their contexts, and complicates the process of reading, seeing and hearing them.

Ger Killeen, Kate Saunders, Little HousesMany of Killeen’s text-image poems relate directly to Saunders’ glass houses, while some stand in a more oblique relationship to the glass art. By using web-connected codes readable by smart devices, the walls of the gallery are “opened up” beyond their physical confines to allow the viewer/reader/listener to encounter the work in new ways.

Meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, Nov. 11, 5 to 7 p.m. at Chessman Gallery in the Lincoln City Cultural Center (540 NW U.S. 101, Lincoln City). The exhibition continues through Dec. 5. (Be sure to bring your iPad or smartphone to get the full experience.)

Ger Killeen is originally from Limerick, Ireland and now lives in Oregon. He teaches Irish Literature, Celtic Worldviews, and Literary and Critical Theory at Marylhurst University. He has published five books of poetry and won numerous awards, including the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry.