Art Museum Features Exhibition Of Works By Multimedia Artist Lynn
26, 2001-- Works by Lynn Hershman will be on view
at the University of Virginia Art Museum from Saturday, Oct. 13,
through Sunday, Dec. 16. Hershman is a featured multimedia artist
of the 14th Virginia Film Festival. The exhibition complements
the "Masquerades" show, also on view at the museum during this time.
Seven works from Hershman's "Hero Sandwiches" series will be displayed.
"Hero Sandwiches," the artist uses photography to challenge the
viewers understanding of reality as it is manipulated by the
media. The photographs contain overlapping imagery of a male and
female pair, each of who was or is a media icon, and focuses on
common gestures that reflect their personalities. In addition, Hershmans
use of male/female imagery refers to the dual characteristics inherent
in an individuals basic human nature. "Hero Sandwiches" provides
commentary on the loss of individuality in contemporary society,
as celebrities surrender to being manipulated by the public they
create this series, Hershman used stock publicity pictures of her
subjects to make negatives, which she sandwiched together. The sandwiches
were then printed, and the new prints painted. These painted photographs
were rephotographed, printed again, and then enlarged. This third-generation
photograph appears removed from the original publicity photos, thus
emphasizing the distance in personality between reality and artifice.
the selections from Hershmans series on view at the museum
are photographs of Lucien Freud/Marilyn Monroe, David Bowie/Audrey
Hepburn, James Dean/Janis Joplin, and the festival's guest speaker
Gena Rowlands paired with Humphrey Bogart.
is a professor of digital art at the University of California, Davis.
She has worked in photography, video, installation, and interactive
and net-based mediums. The ZHM Mediammuseum (Karlsruhe, Germany)
cited Hershman as the "most influential woman working in the new
media." Her 53 videotapes and seven interactive installations have
garnered many international awards, and her work is included in
numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298