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June 28, 2004

Anderson Paintings Grace Lobby During Iowa Summer Rep

Paintings by Iowa City artist Gene Anderson will grace the lobby of the University of Iowa Theatre Building throughout the Iowa Summer Rep festival of comedies by A.R. Gurney, which continues through July 24.

The images in the exhibition were created in 1970-1981, prior to the advent of personal computers and digital technology, but the images currently on display are digitally scanned and printed reproductions of the original works.

The original works were hand painted on two-inch-square glass slides using highly flammable inks, now unavailable due to federal restrictions. Over a period of about 10 years Anderson painted roughly 3,000 slides.

The slides were composed of two small panes of glass, mounted together, providing four surfaces on which to paint. When projected, the four separate focal planes of the slide surfaces produced near-three-dimensional composite images.

Painting the slides was accomplished with straight pins, biology specimen picks and eyedroppers, on a handmade light box, under a hand-held magnifying glass.

Each combination of the eight colored inks reacted differently, depending on their rate of evaporation. With experience Anderson was possible to develop a vocabulary of reactions, which would result in specific shapes and effects. Eventually he developed enough control that he could produce a series of slides that would, when projected in sequence, create an event in motion and time.

Many of those programmed "slide shows" were originally combined with music composed by Peter Todd Lewis, Allan Moore, Richard Hervig, Patrick Purswell and William Parsons of the UI Center for New Music and Electronic Music Studios.

An Iowa City resident for 35 years, Anderson was an architect until 1990, when he retired from his job as the head of the architects office of the UI Hospitals & Clinics to devote full time to his art work. His sculptures, paintings and drawings have been exhibited in downtown Cedar Rapids, the Des Moines Art Center, Coe College, Luther College, Iowa State University, the Coralville City Hall, Cornell College, the Hearst Center for the Arts and the Iowa Welcome Center in LeClaire.

The exhibition may be viewed at Iowa Summer Rep performances, or during UI Theatre Building business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

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