Lexington, Virginia • January 5, 2010
Artists Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown will present a public lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall of Wilson Hall at Washington and Lee University in conjunction with their current exhibition at Washington and Lee's Staniar Gallery.
Louviere + Vanessa: Persistence of Vision, an exhibition of photographically based works, will be on display at Staniar Gallery from January 4 to February 11. The talk will be followed by a reception in Lykes Atrium.
The husband and wife team have been collaborating artistically as Louviere + Vanessa since 2004. Bringing together Louviere's background in painting and printmaking and Brown's experience with photography, the artists take a multidisciplinary approach to making photographs and films. Their surreal images make reference to dreams, memories and imagined narratives. They often scratch, bury or otherwise distress their negatives, layering their images with alternative materials such as blood, wax and gold.
The artists will be spending a week in the art department at Washington and Lee University working with students as part of the Hollis Visiting Artist Program.
Louviere + Vanessa's work has been shown in over 50 shows and film festivals including the Postdam International Film Festival in Germany and the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Their work is included in the prestigious collections of the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the George Eastman House. The couple lives and works in New Orleans.
Staniar Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.