Jan. 13 through Feb. 20. Final Friday reception: Jan. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
January 7, 2009 — From Jan. 13 through Feb. 20, the University of Virginia's McIntire Department of Art will present a multimedia exhibition, "Landscape," in the Ruffin Gallery.
The exhibition was organized by independent curator Emily Schroeder, founder of the Normal Projects, a Chicago gallery specializing in exhibits of works on paper and video by emerging artists, in conjunction with the Studio Art Department concentration in new media. The exhibit examines the idea of how landscape is presented in different media.
A reception will be held Jan. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the gallery.
Schroeder gathered the work of 12 contemporary artists whose practices range from experimental video and animation to sculpture and drawing. Approaching landscape and nature as conventions that are constantly evolving, she has drawn together a group of works in which traditional and new media peacefully coexist, sometimes within the same piece.
New York-based sound artist Christian Toscano pressed an edition of vinyl records for the occasion, while Los Angeles-based Marcus Civin contributed a piece of original fiction to be printed and given away to gallery visitors. North Carolina resident Jerstin Crosby presents his take on environmental activism in the video "E.L.F.," while New York-based Devlin Shea contributed a hand-drawn, frame-by-frame animation called "Deer and Lynx."
The exhibition also includes work by artists Joe Denardo (New York), Peter Burr (Portland, Ore.), Jesse Avina (Chicago), JD Walsh (New York), Conrad Ventur (New York), Luke Dowd, (London), Dawn Blackman (New York), Kristopher Benedict (Berlin) and Sarah Morgan (New York).