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"Daniel Reeves Above Memory and Transformation"
1999-10-08 until 1999-12-22
Bayly Art Museum
Charlottesville, VA, USA United States of America

Born in 1948 in the U.S. and a resident of Scotland, Daniel Reeves began his artistic career as a video artist, producing his first work, Thousands Watch, in 1979, two years after graduating from Ithaca College with a B.S. in cinema studies. From his earliest pieces on video to his present installations, prints, and paintings, Reeves has produced formally complex and aesthetically and technologically layered works that explore and resolve his personal experiences with violence (as a child and as a survivor of an ambush during the Tet Offensive in Viet Nam) as well as the 20th centuryís legacy of destruction and genocide. Through his emotionally searing, intellectually rigorous, and strikingly beautiful images, he aims to provide witness to the cycle of violence through transformative vision. Reeves forgoes narrative conventions in favor of multisensory experience, which itself becomes a metaphor for the interconnectedness of life. He finds hope in the seemingly hopeless, potential and significance in the moment.

Featured in the present exhibition are: 1) IRIS and Lamda prints, digitally printed on linen, canvas, and acid-free paper as ink jet monochromes, then worked by hand to create layers of color with oil sticks and a variety of other media, including letter stamps and gold leaf; 2) Eingang: The Way In, a 1990 media installation commissioned by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta that explores the tensions between nature and technology and the immanence of impermanence in all things; 3) The House of No Escape (sited on the second floor of the train station on West Main Street), a new video installation created in memory of Barry Valentine, the artistís friend and colleague who died in the Lockerbie airline crash in Scotland in 1988, whose title The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodron; and 4) End to End, a new triptych video painting employing DVD-ROM playback and flat plasma screens, whose image slowly shifts over a period of hours to create an allegorical landscape. In addition, Reeves will create an outdoor landscape installation, with U.Va. students sponsored by the Arts Board, and other work with students in the Art Department. In conjunction with the Museum's exhibition, the Virginia Film Festival will present programs of the artist's videos and film prior to and during the Festival. The exhibition is made possible with the support of the Art$ and Arts Enhancement Programs and the Virginia Film Festival.

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