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Eastern European Artist Bogdan Achimescu Exhibits "New Drawnings And Prints" At U.Va.'S Fayerweather Gallery

February 17, 2000 -- Mobility and searching are continuing themes in the work of Bogdan Achimescu, artist-in-residence at the University of Virginia's McIntire Department of Art. Achimescu's work, "New Drawings and Prints," will be on exhibit March 3 through 31 at Fayerweather Gallery, with an opening reception on Friday, March 3, at 5 p.m. He will give a lecture on his work Thursday, March 9, at 5 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 160.

A native of Romania who is now a citizen of Poland, Achimescu says that no matter where he is he always feels "I am not from here." Fascinated by images of human beings, he explores the universal idea of home and family. He is not interested in portraiture but in exploring the origins of our individuality and people's inter-relatedness.

He is also concerned with the issue of portability of art and the dilemma of how to make work that is "monumental when you only have your lap and pencil." "Shelter," a 120-foot scroll he created between 1991 and 1995, is a journal of his observations of people. The scroll lived in Achimescu's pocket for almost a year as he traveled back and forth between Poland and Romania, sketching while riding on trams and sitting in cafes.

Achimescu's works have been exhibited internationally. The Fayerweather show focuses on works created since arriving in Charlottesville in January.

As visiting master artist, Achimescu is spending the spring semester teaching drawing and advanced print-making. In addition to artistic technique, he will explore with the students issues that face artists today such as finding "alternative galleries" to exhibit their work.

For more information contact Sylvia New Strawn at (804) 924-6122.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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