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Book Artist Johanna Drucker Exhibits At U.Va.’s Off Grounds Gallery Dec. 9 - 17

Noivember 21, 2005 --

WHO:         Book artist and writer Johanna Drucker
WHAT:       Exhibit — “Paintings, Projects and Book Works”
WHEN:       Friday, Dec. 9 through Saturday, Dec. 17

Opening Reception

Friday, Dec. 9, 5 - 7 p.m.

Gallery Hours  

Thursday 4 - 6 p.m., Friday 3 - 7 p.m., and Saturday 1 - 5 p.m.

WHERE:    Off Grounds Gallery

                300 West Main Street

                First Floor, Ridge Street Entrance

Book artist and writer Johanna Drucker will exhibit graphic works related to several ongoing projects at the Off Grounds Gallery from Friday, Dec. 9 through Saturday, Dec. 17. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit, “Paintings, Projects and Book Work,” on Friday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition, sponsored by U.Va.’s McIntire Department of Art, features graphic work, as well as a representative selection of the artist’s books. The projects include, “Salvage Culture / Damaged Nature,” studies in the aesthetics of decay; “Events / Particles,” drawings about energy configurations; and drawings for “Subjective Meteorology,” a project to develop a systematic graphical notation for personal experience based on the metaphors and templates of conventional meteorology. Drucker, who joined U.Va. faculty in 1999 as the Robertson Professor of Media Studies, uses watercolor and graphite on paper to make visually engaging and elegant works at the service of research and knowledge production. Her limited-edition book works of visual and experimental typography also will be on display.

Drucker’s works are in the collections of the Getty Humanities Center, Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Stedlijk Museum in Amsterdam, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and dozens of special collections libraries throughout the United States and Europe. She also is well known for her scholarly work in contemporary art, history of typography, writing and artists’ books. Her most recent publication, “Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity,” will serve as a point of departure for an exhibition co-curated with Jill Hart, director, and Andrea Douglas, curator, opening at the University of Virginia Art Museum in September 2006.

For more information, call the McIntire Department of Art at (434) 924-6123.

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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