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U.Va. Art Museum Features Exhibition Of Works By Multimedia Artist Lynn Hershman

September 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.

In "Hero Sandwiches," the artist uses photography to challenge the viewer’s 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, Hershman’s use of male/female imagery refers to the dual characteristics inherent in an individual’s 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 serve.

To 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.

Among the selections from Hershman’s 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.

Hershman 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.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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