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Four thousand eyeballs, live sea monkeys featured in art optics exhibit at WFU

October 1, 2007

"Optical Allusions,” an exhibit featuring artwork including both optical illusions and allusions—using objects like 4,000 hand-painted bottle cap eyeballs and live sea monkeys—will open at Wake Forest University’s Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery Oct. 25.  The exhibit highlights the work of artists Caroline Cox, Richard Klein, Eung Ho Park and Ted Victoria. 

The photography of Arron Fallon will also be featured in the mezzanine gallery.  Both exhibits will run through Dec. 9.  An opening reception will be held from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Oct. 25.

At the exhibit, Cox will highlight her piece “’Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky,” a massive glass lens and mirror installation suspended from the gallery ceiling.  Cox is best known for creating site-specific sculptures by arranging, layering and combining manufactured objects that capture the movement of light.  The sculpture includes trawling lures, monofilament strands, mesh bags, glass lenses and crystal balls cascading from the ceiling, convex and concave mirrors on the floor, and tiny red glass beads and red, green and gold pendants.  

Used eyeglasses soldered together with brass and steel make up Klein’s sculptures.  In his work, he uses primarily plastic lenses from reading glasses for their refractive properties.   

Park’s relief sculpture “I’m Looking at You” is a construction of 4,032 bottle caps hand-painted into brilliantly-colored eyeballs and installed by rows on steel panels.  Some of the eyes are human and others are from various animals, real or imagined.  Each iris is uniquely rendered, communicating the artist’s belief in the importance of individuality, which stems from his experiences as a Korean immigrant. 

To create his illusions, Victoria uses hundreds of live brine shrimp (sea monkeys) and low-tech projection systems.  “Is Anyone Home?” features a freestanding, modified greenhouse with translucent screen walls where live sea monkeys enlarged to gigantic size swim about.

Cox and Victoria will both travel to Wake Forest to install their work, and they will each give an Artist Talk at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 in the gallery.

In the mezzanine gallery, the work of Wake Forest graduate and photographer Arron Fallon will be displayed.  Fallon is both a commercial and fine arts photographer.

Fallon will arrive in advance to work with Wake Forest students, print the pieces that will be exhibited and install the show with the photography class.  He will also give an Artist Talk about the crossovers between commercial and fine arts photography at noon Oct. 24, in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 102.    

All events are free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

For more information, call (336) 758-5585.

MEDIA NOTE:  Advance interviews can be arranged with the artists and the gallery director.  Media are encouraged to talk with Cox, Victoria and Fallon while they are on campus.  Phone interviews can be arranged with those artists not coming to campus.  Media are also invited to attend the opening reception.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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