The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, will originate the first major site-specific exhibition in the region by VCCA Resident Artist Barbara Bernstein. Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise opens July 16, 2009, with an artist lecture at 6 p.m. at the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center Auditorium, followed by a reception.
The exhibition, which runs through August 22, 2009, encompasses the largest space of the museum, incorporating architectural references culled from Hollins University's historic campus. Familiar elements of columns, streams, benches and walkways will be interpreted in two and three dimensions. Barbara creates her site-specific works with simple, manufactured, predominately black and white materials such as electrical tape, contact paper, construction paper and foam core. The viewer is invited to see and experience a familiar environment in unfamiliar, surprising ways.
Barbara has taught at Yale University, the Rhode Island School of Design and Carnegie-Mellon University, among others. Her work has been shown in national and international exhibitions, including at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, and the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.
Above: Maquette from Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise, Barbara Bernstein, 2009. Foam core, electrical tape, construction paper. Courtesy of the artist.