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Sept. 16, 2005

UIMA Presents Installation By Leighton Pierce Sept. 30-March 12

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will present "Warm Occlusion," a video and sound installation by UI faculty member Leighton Pierce, Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, March 12, 2006, in the museum's North Gallery.

For the opening of the installation, a reception and a gallery talk by Pierce will take place in the North Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. The reception and gallery talk are open to the public free of charge.

With 15 channels of video sound, "Warm Occlusion" explores the collision and intermixing that occurs between multiple images over time, across space and within the mind of the viewer.

The title describes a meteorological phenomenon that occurs when air masses of different temperatures meet. Pierce sees this natural event as a suitable metaphor for the content and experience of his installation, which mixes abstract imagery, video of ordinary life and multi-track.

The disparate elements in the work are designed to create a flow of association and memory in the viewer.

"Working on 'Warm Occlusion' is like composing for a newly discovered and complex musical instrument," Pierce said. "The large room itself, with 13 video projections defining six 'video objects' (rectangular columns) is the instrument. The projections, coupled with eight channels of sound, work in counterpoint to create a polyvalent stream of consciousness flowing with repetitions, diversions, and echoes."

Pierce is a professor in the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature. His work has been shown at the 2002 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Pompidou Center in Paris, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal and the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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