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January 20, 1999


In this Fifth Biennial, members of the UMBC Visual Arts faculty exhibit their current research in film, video, painting, photography, graphic design, computer animation and installation.

Much of the work is multi-media and computer generated or manipulated, reflecting the interdisciplinary imaging and digital orientation of the department. As a whole, the exhibition illustrates the results of the department's emphasis on research and playful exploration. While the works stem from several artistic disciplines, they are profoundly communicative, often experimental and challenging but always innovative.

Faculty member Satre Stuelke displays photographs of sets and objects he constructs from a variety of materials including wood, Sculpey, and occasionally high-voltage arcs. "The images usually balance on the line between truth and fiction, and for the last couple of years, the subject matter of my work is household appliances in technicoloresque, yet noir, settings - a sort of vacuum fatale."

Assistant professor Mark Street will be screening Parts I and II of his experimental documentary film trilogy. Sweep and The Domestic Universe explore parenting from the inside out by investigating the iconoclastic father figure through sound and image.

Installations will include work by visiting artist Lisa Moren, whose installation a conversation: Hansel + Gretel is a non-linear piece rooted in the popular story. "By using a fairy tale, I was also able to develop three voices: the adult, the adolescent and the child. Each of these voices would address issues of memory, role models of youth, and their effects on adult communication."

Exhibitors also include professors David Yager, Jerry Stephany, Alan Rutberg, Mia Semingson (photography); Dan Bailey, Vin Grabill, and Jill Johnston with Alan Price (film/video); Symmes Gardner (painting); Steve Bradley, Irene Chan, Fanky Chak, Calvin Custen, Colin Ives, Tim Nohe, Teri Rueb, and Bill Seaman (multi-media).

An open reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, February 4,
from 5 - 7 p.m.

The Fine Arts Gallery is located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building and is open Tuesday -Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission is free and public parking is available.

For more information or directions to the Fine Arts Gallery, please call 410-455-3188 or visit the UMBC homepage for all press releases and calendar information.

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Posted by dwinds1 at January 20, 1999 12:00 AM