Shop" Featured At U.Va.S Fayerweather Gallery
Sept. 20, 1999 -- "Our cars are personal
objects. Everyone is very intimate with his or her car. To me the
car is our connection to the American landscape," says Rosemarie
Fiore, a faculty member of the University of Virginias McIntire
Department of Art.
Shop," an exhibition of a series of works Fiore created at
the Skowhegen artist colony in Maine this summer, pushes the boundaries
of traditional technique. Fiore used her 1995 Subaru Legacy and
the fluids that are essential to make it run as the tools to create
her art. The show itself forms a journey through the landscape of
"Subaru Legacy Rear Wiper Paintings," Fiore squirted motor
oil, transmission fluid, coolant and power fluid out of the rear
wiper and pressed them into paper to create a series of delicate
fan-shaped images that are almost Oriental in character.
motor of the Subaru becomes a topographical map in another work,
a rubbing that records the landscape of the engine. It is like an
archeological dig, an excavation of the parts of the engine, says
work is a 5x6-foot fresco made by embossing tire marks with lamp
black, a carbon pigment, on wet lime, a very absorbent surface.
Lamp black was the closest pigment to car exhaust, something the
car would make itself, that she could find. The juxtaposition of
creating delicate objects with an aggressive technique is at the
heart of the show.
"Subaru Test Drive," Fiore embedded layers of everyday
items in asphalt and ran over them with the front tire of her car.
The 50-foot piece is accompanied by a video documenting its creation.
The items are grouped into "stories" that become like a time-line
of a journey, said Fiore.
"skin" of the car is recorded in another rubbing. Starting
with the drivers door and traveling 360-degrees around, Fiore
explores the vehicle's outer landscape.
car is very American, very much a part of our society. We live in
our cars. We eat in our cars, talk on the phone. It is our personal,
familiar space in todays chaotic and distant society,"
Shop" runs from Oct. 1 through Oct. 29 in Fayerweather Gallery
with an opening reception on Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m.. The gallery, located
on Rugby Road, is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 8, Fiore will give a lecture and slide presentation
about her work at 5:30 p.m. in 160 Campbell Hall.
electronic images of Fiores work contact Jane Ford at (804)
924-4298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the exhibit, contact Sylvia New Strawn
at (804) 924-6122.
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298