Abelardo Morell To Speak At U.Va. March 1
12, 2001-- Abelardo Morell, a Cuban-born artist whose
photographs transform everyday objects and occurrences into mesmerizing,
almost magical images, will give a talk on his work at the University
of Virginia on Thursday, March 1, in Campbell Hall, Room 153. The
5:30 p.m. talk is co-sponsored by the Bayly Art Museum and the McIntire
Department of Art.
will also be at the Museums First Fridays reception on March
2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. An exhibition of his work, Abelardo
Morell and the Camera Eye, is on view through March 25
at the Bayly.
makes familiar subjects ordinary domestic objects and interiors,
illustrated books and maps, his children at play extraordinary
by revealing the optical phenomena at work. "Inspired in equal
parts by the magical properties of scientific phenomena, the potential
of poetry to transform the mundane, and the camera as an agent of
vision and light, Abelardo Morells photographs explore the
workings of the everyday world," notes curator Diane Gaston
in her catalog essay. "He approaches the medium as a philosopher
might, constantly questioning and probing its inherent properties,
seeking a more complete understanding of the cameras logic
approach to the medium is surprisingly traditional, achieving his
effects through the cameras ability to record unusual perspectives,
discrepancies of scale, reflections of light and shadow and the
passage of time.
exhibition, organized by the Museum of Photographic Arts
(MoPA) in San Diego, is the first major traveling exhibition to
consider the full extent of the artists work.
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