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Staniar Gallery Presents elin o’Hara slavick’s “Illuminated Artifacts”

— by on January 2nd, 2017

Exhibit: “Illuminated Artifacts”

Washington and Lee University’s Staniar Gallery is pleased to present elin o’Hara slavick’s exhibit “Illuminated Artifacts.” The show will be on display from Jan. 9 to Feb. 3, 2017.

There will be a public artist’s talk on Jan. 31, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall. The lecture will be followed by a reception for the artist. Both events are free and open to the public.

Using alternative photographic processes such as 19th-century techniques and contemporary digital technology, slavick’s conceptual practice revolves around the idea of making visible what is often not seen.

This exhibition features photographic works from “After Hiroshima,” images of A-Bombed artifacts made in Japan, and from “Found Walking,” an ongoing series based on objects collected on meditative walks. Both bodies of work are records of loss and hope, decay and survival, and revealing the effects of time and the spectacular beauty of mundane things.

An activist, educator, mother, poet, critic, curator and artist, slavick never separates form from function, theory from practice or utopian concept from material reality. She is a distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she built the photography program.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and she is the author/artist of two monographs – “Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography” (2007) with a foreword by Howard Zinn and essay by Carol Mavor, and “After Hiroshima” (2014) with an essay by James Elkins.

Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call (540) 458-8861.