is Very Wrong Here!" Exhibit at Fayerweather
October 22, 1999 -- The initial sense of comfort
and familiarity of 1950's children's book and science illustrations
that were intended to teach young children acceptable beliefs and
values is undermined on a closer look through the work of digital
artist Randy Bolton. "Something is Very Wrong Here!" is the title
of his exhibit at U.Va.'s Fayerweather Gallery during the month
Bolton takes the original, simplistic message of the images and infuses
them with the knowledge that the world is far more uncertain and
"What seems safe can become uncertain, what is beautiful can become disturbing,"
he says. "I hope that people will look at my work and find a gray
area of meaning beneath the literal surface of these images where
opposing feelings or ideas can collide and intersect."
Bolton will be working with advanced printmaking students to produce
a color photogravure of his work during a week-long residency in
the McIntire Department of Art. An open house on Thursday, Nov.
4, from 6:30-8 p.m. will allow the public to see the presses in
action and talk with Bolton and the students about the process.
Bolton will give a slide show and lecture on Friday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m.,
in Campbell 160. The artist will discuss the ideas underlying his
work as well as trace his development from traditional printmaking
(primarily silkscreening) to digital technology. The lecture will
be followed by an opening of the exhibit in Fayerweather Hall at
For more information contact Sylvia New Strawn, (804) 924-6112.