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Solo Show Recreates Memory With Family Slide Installations, Feb. 18–March 13

Work by Valerie Piraino '04 Complements "The Narcissism of Minor Differences"

Posted 01.14.11 by MICA communications

Valerie Piraino ’04, "Untitled"

BALTIMORE--Valerie Piraino '04 (general fine arts), based in New York City, has created installations for her solo show, Fidelity, which is open Friday, Feb. 18-Sunday, March 13, by distorting projected images of family slides through materials such as picture frames, glass or mirrors.  By reimaging and juxtaposing slides, Piraino asks what it is like to imagine someone's private life. She aims to recreate a fragmentary likeness of memory, believing this can be truer to life. For Piraino--who often works in installation, sculpture and photography--these family slides present stories that can be heightened and dramatized by time, absence and nostalgia. The show will take place in Fox Building's Meyerhoff Gallery (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.) with  a gallery talk with George Ciscle, curator-in-residence, on Friday, Feb. 18 at noon and a reception on Friday, Feb. 18, 5-7 p.m.

The solo show accompanies the exhibition The Narcissism of Minor Differences, which showcases 18 acclaimed artists who explore the dark side of intolerance using art, historical artifact and documentation, on view through Sunday, March 13.

MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays.



Image caption: Valerie Piraino '04, Untitled, slide projector, slide and mat board, 2009.

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