Angeles-Based Artists Bring Performance Art / Exhibition Of Photographs
And Paintings To The University Of Virginia
Joseph Biel and Richard Kraft
Impromptu performance art events around Grounds,
"Joseph Biel and Richard Kraft: New Work," an exhibition,
Oct. 3-28, Fayerweather Gallery, Rugby Road
Performance and gallery talk,
Oct. 4, 4 p.m. in Fayerweather Gallery
Oct 5, 5-7 p.m. in Fayerweather Gallery
Angeles-based artists Joseph Biel and Richard Kraft will give a
number of impromptu performance art events at the University of
Virginia during a week-long residency in the McIntire Department
of Art. The artists, who have collaborated for the past six years,
working in a variety of mediums, also will exhibit their recent
work incorporating photographs and paintings at Fayerweather Gallery
for the month of October.
way of working is very different than anything we have here at U.Va.,"
said William Wylie, U.Va. assistant professor of studio art and
curator of the show. "They are bringing something very exciting
and new -- they are bringing part of the West Coast art scene here." Performance
art uses space and time, involving the audience in the vision and
concept of the art and is characterized by its spontaneity. For
Biel and Kraft the juxtaposition of historical and philosophical
ideas and images that allow the viewer to see the world in new ways
is central to their work. "Our consistent goal is to call more attention
to what is felt or imagined rather than seen with the eyes," the
artists have said.
taught at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Ore.
from 1994 to 2000. During that same time, Biel taught at Portland
State University. Biel received his bachelor of fine arts degree
from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and his master's degree
in painting from the University of Michigan. Kaft received his bachelor
of fine arts degree from Parsons School of Design in New York and
his master's degree in photography from the University of Michigan.
The artists now live and work in Los Angeles.
of their projects created over the past seven years, including large-scale
installation pieces, are on the Web at http://www.rebusart.com.
Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298