The Shirley-Jones Gallery presents the work of Charles Woodman, videographer, and his sister Francesca Woodman, photographer, from May 6 through June 16, 2005.
The pair, raised by artist parents – George Woodman, a painter who taught at University of Colorado, and Betty Woodman, a much-celebrated ceramic artist – were immersed in an artistic milieu from birth. Charles and Francesca were surrounded by aesthetic and academic discourse in this country and during family sojourns in Europe (Italy in particular). When Charles and Francesca began pursuing artistic concerns as students, they, like their parents, embraced a commitment to the pursuit of lyrical beauty.
Charles Woodman, born in 1955, graduated from Antioch College in 1979 majoring in art and communications. After graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma he worked as a television cameraman and independent video producer before accepting various teaching positions. He currently is Associate Professor of Electronic Art at the University of Cincinnati.
Woodman is actively engaged in exploring the possibilities of digital imagery. Using the video camera and computer, he is currently producing multi-channel video installations in which the viewer encounters multiple, simultaneous streams of moving images. He is also exploring the use of video as an element in live performance. In these latter works he often finds himself playing the computer to manipulate images in much the same way one might play a musical instrument in order to manipulate sound. The gallery will present a major 5-screen video installation titled American Diorama along with two new smaller, wall-mounted, single-frame video works.
Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. Early on, she began using her own body as the central vehicle for exploring surrealist influences. Alone, or with other individuals, nude or clothed, Woodman probed the tension and ironies confronting a young, beautiful woman who continually must reconcile the identity of the person inhabiting a body with the social experience that unfolds as her life is lived daily in the world. While much of her work, when first exhibited, found a correspondence with feminist discourse, the gallery for this exhibition has chosen to present a group of Woodman's works which are more lyrical and mysterious than many of those which received early recognition.
In addition to an opening reception on May 6, the gallery will host a set of closing events on Friday, June 17. On this date, there will be a reception with the artist Charles Woodman from 8-10 pm. This will be followed by the premiere of Springs' Mix, a multi screen video projection on the the gallery’s storefront window. This projection will be viewed from across the street in Beatty Hughes Park.
The exhibition runs from May 6 through June 16, 2005. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday 2-6pm and by appointment. For further information call (937) 767-1711.