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Artist Treats Patrons to High Art and Hot Dogs

"Condimentalism" Features Work By Performance And Installation Artist Adam Wolpa At U.Va.'S Fayerweather Gallery

January 8, 2002--

WHO: Performance and Installation Artist Adam Wolpa

WHAT: Exhibition: "Condimentalism"

WHEN: Exhibition: Jan. 17 through Feb. 14

Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Opening Reception, Friday, Jan. 18, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Fayerweather Gallery

Visiting artist/lecturer Adam Wolpa will show recent works at Fayerweather Gallery, Jan. 17 through Feb. 14. The exhibition, "Condimentalism," features projects that relate to food, generosity and community, recurring themes in Wolpa's work. An opening reception will be held Friday, Jan. 18, 5 p.m. Wolpa will give a lecture on his work Thursday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 160.

The exhibition includes installation works containing food imagery. The highlight will be the show's title work, "Condimentalism," a performance piece that features a one-gauge Marklin toy train carrying a cargo of Hebrew National hotdogs from inside the gallery to the outside where students and passers by will be able to pick up a quick snack.

"The project exists on many levels," said Wolpa who received a B.A. in studio art from U.Va. in 1996 and an M.F.A. at the University of Iowa. "The hotdogs are offered as a gift and parallels the idea that art is a gift from the artist." For Wolpa, the selection of Hebrew National hotdogs conveys a personal spiritual relationship to his Jewish heritage. For him, the piece questions how we nourish the void in our lives and touches on the ideas of consumption, popular culture and satisfaction. "In the Bible," said Wolpa, "the idea of a meal is always present."

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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