"Prey and Eat"

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Catherine Chalmers: "Prey and Eat"
Also: "19+1+1", works new to the University Art Museum's permanent collection
March 27-April 29, 2001
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The University Art Museum premieres Catherine Chalmers: Prey and Eat, which includes selections from two recent series of photographs by New York artist Catherine Chalmers in her first West Coast museum show. The sixteen large-scale works in the exhibition are the result of the artist’s long-term project, which involves raising insects and animals in order to recreate the predator-prey encounters that ordinarily take place in the wild, and capturing them on film. In one series, entitled Food Chain, the images sketch with vivid intimacy, on a stark white background, scenes of a caterpillar eating a tomato, a praying mantis eating a caterpillar, and a frog eating a praying mantis. The result is humorous, surprising, and unsettling. The theme is expanded upon in another series entitled Pinkies (the pet-trade name for baby mice), which conveys the uncomfortable message that mammals are subject to the same immutable laws of nature as are the so-called "lower" life forms. This series depicts the birth and imminent death of baby mice. Stark, colorful, and arresting, Chalmers's images reinvent natural history for a culture that is increasingly distanced from nature. A fully illustrated book, published by Aperture, which features an essay by Gordon Grice, an interview with the artist, the entire body of images from the exhibition, and more, is available.

An exhibition highlighting works new to the University Art Museum’s permanent collection, 19+1+1 features 19 photographs, one drawing, and one wall sculpture. In the interest of chronicling the museum’s activities for scholarly and archival purposes, the UAM makes an effort to acquire a work of art that represents each of its exhibitions. Over its twenty-five-year history of presenting diverse, often groundbreaking exhibitions, the museum has amassed a world-class collection of contemporary artwork. On the occasion of this exhibition, the UAM will display the latest additions to its artistic coffers. Among the artists whose works are included are Robert Adams, Tina Barney, James Drake, Sally Gall, Jill Giegerich, Amy Myers, and the Starn Twins.

The University Art Museum invites the entire campus community and the public to join us for three UAM@noon programs scheduled in conjunction with Prey and Eat and 19+1+1. On Wednesday, March 28th at 12:15 pm, artist Catherine Chalmers will lead a gallery talk on her exhibition. On Saturday, March 31, at 3 pm, artist Catherine Chalmers signs copies of her fully illustrated monograph at Skylight Books, 1818 Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Call 323.660.1175 for directions. CSULB Art Department faculty member Chris Miles will discuss the exhibition 19+1+1 on Tuesday, April 17th at 12:15 pm. In celebration of the exhibition Catherine Chalmers: Prey and Eat, the UAM presents a NewMusic@noon gallery concert on Tuesday, April 24th at 12:15 pm, featuring the ensemble GREEN playing unusual works inspired by nature. All programs are free of charge.

On Thursday, March 29th, from 6:30-8:30 pm, CSULB President Robert Maxson hosts the reception for The Sixth Pacific Workshop on German and European Affairs and the UAM honors artist Catherine Chalmers and her exhibition, Prey and Eat, as well as the exhibition 19+1+1.

Donna M. and Clinton W. Mills and Carol H. and John A. Richards, founding members of the UAM exhibition Angels, have made it possible for the University Art Museum to mount exhibits to be presented in 2001.

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