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Los Angeles-Based Artists Bring Performance Art / Exhibition Of Photographs And Paintings To The University Of Virginia

September 20, 2001--

WHO: Artists Joseph Biel and Richard Kraft

WHAT: Impromptu performance art events around Grounds,

Oct. 1-6

"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

Opening reception,

Oct 5, 5-7 p.m. in Fayerweather Gallery

Los 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.

"Their 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.

Kraft 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.

Many of their projects created over the past seven years, including large-scale installation pieces, are on the Web at http://www.rebusart.com.

Fayerweather 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.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 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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