McGuffey Art Center is proud to be one of eight presenting partners for the Art in Odd Places 2018: MATTER/Charlottesville citywide event, a festival collaboration between the student-run University of Virginia Arts Board and area art organizations. McGuffey is represented by two temporary outdoor installations created by member artists Nina Frances Burke and Brielle DuFlon from their personal experiences during the August 12, 2017 demonstrations and violence downtown.
Entitled First Matter/an alchemical remediation of contaminated space, the linked works by Burke and DuFlon are among the festival's 30 performances and site-specific installations that will occur on both the University of Virginia campus and on the Historic Downtown Mall of Charlottesville. The events take place throughout the day at two locations over two days: Thursday, April 5 on UVA Grounds, and Friday, April 6 on the Charlottesville downtown mall.
For the submissions, artists were asked to respond to the festival's theme of MATTER, defined as "Substance, Complication, State of Affairs, Content, Happening, Text, Situation, Material, Importance, Experience, Problem, Atomic." In their response, Burke and DuFlon will build two spaces for contemplation using fiber, reclaimed materials, and organic matter from each site. One will be at UVA under an historic tree on Monroe Hill near the Rotunda, and the other will be at the intersection of First Street North and East Main Street, near Emancipation Park. Their goal is to "purify the ground" through a "dual exchange" where "alchemy is the foundation for public remediation" in response to August 12. Community members are invited to enter the spaces and spend time,
sitting on handmade pillows or on a bench under a welcoming tree, and in those artist-created shelters think about what happened last summer—and what the future might hold.
Founded by multidisciplinary artist Ed Woodham in 1996, Art in Odd Places (AiOP) is known for its annual art intervention festival in New York City. Woodham is currently the UVA Arts Board visiting artist for 2017-18, and developed the MATTER/Charlottesville event for 2018. The organization is dedicated to working collaboratively with other artists to realize visual and performance art that activate public spaces and supports community building. For additional information, visit www.artinoddplaces.org.
The Arts Board of the University of Virginia is a student-run board whose mission is to present an outstanding artist, performance, and/or exhibition each year. It was created to raise students' awareness of and appreciation for the arts. For more information, visit: