Lucinda Bunnen’s “Weathered Chromes” opens at Marcia Wood Midtown, Thurs. May 21st

"Lucinda’s World Part III:
Lucinda Bunnen

May 21 - June 20, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 21, 7 - 9 pm
ARTIST TALK: Saturday, June 6, 11 am

1037 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Marcia Wood Gallery is delighted to announce its first exhibition of the renowned Atlanta artist Lucinda Bunnen. The exhibition will be the third in a cycle of three recent exhibitions by Bunnen, all under the name Lucinda's World, each of the three shown in a different venue. Lucinda's World is indeed a fascinating and evocative place into which we have been invited to share intimate moments.

Lucinda's World, Part III: Weathered Chromes is the result of artistic curiosity and experimentation. About these works Bunnen wrote,

"Recently, while cleaning out my archive, I found a handful of slides damaged by heat and moisture ? melted from six decades of storage; cracks and crazes cut across otherwise plain pictures of my family and home. Peeking through the swirling patterns were recognizable elements: my son Robb, a swing set, and the trees around my home, and more. I instantly loved the look of these slides ? the effect spoke of time and the surreality of memory.

"I immediately set out to take control of this process using excess slides from my archive. I piled up hundreds of unwanted images taken around the world and at home, and I left them out on my deck for nature to alter. After a few weeks in the elements, the slides took on a completely new character. Water, heat, and time washed out their emulsions thus creating rivers, cobwebs, and bulls eyes on the original images. Colors combined together in swirling, psychedelic patterns to create painterly photographs. For these new images, the figures vanish and leave only small clues of their original subject matter. Nature created new realities.

"This deconstructive act turned the straight photographs into unusual, dreamlike images like the ones I had found. Many of these images retained their original figurative qualities; however, several became purely abstract. For some, traces of the original sneak through and reveal the truth of the original image. Bits of seventies fashion, the boot of a horse rider, the Taj Mahal, and other just-recognizable remnants uncover the origins of these abstractions. The finished photographs tell a story of time, place, and the delicate nature of the source material."

The prints from Bunnen's Weathered Chromes are luscious dreamlike fragments ? memories rising and dissipating, layers of time. Bunnen has said that she is interested in the duality of illusion vs. the reality inherent in these works; she enjoys the surprises of the process that is out of her hands, a metaphor for life itself.

Lucinda Bunnen is a practicing artist based in Atlanta. She has traveled worldwide to find subject matter for her work and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. Her work can be found in numerous public collections including: the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., the Mint Museum, Charlotte N.C., the Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC, the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., MOCA GA and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. She was the recipient of the 2013 Nexus Award, presented by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and in 2015 was honored by the YWCA of Greater Atlanta with the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers Award."

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