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"Something 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 of November.

Bolton takes the original, simplistic message of the images and infuses them with the knowledge that the world is far more uncertain and complicated.

"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 5 p.m.

For more information contact Sylvia New Strawn, (804) 924-6112.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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