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March 2011

Adam Cave Fine Art in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Donald Furst and Diana Bloomfield

Miniature and small-scale artworks full of dreamlike imagery pull viewers across the room for an up-close art experience in a two-person show at Adam Cave Fine Art in Raleigh, NC. The exhibit will be on view from Mar. 4 - 28, 2011, and a reception will be held on Mar. 4, from 6-9pm.

Printmaker Donald Furst of Wilmington, NC, and photographer Diana Bloomfield of Raleigh have each contributed over ten new pieces demonstrating delicate craftsmanship and some very old and seldom-used techniques. Furst's pieces, done in a rare engraving technique called mezzotint, feature mysterious, darkly lit interior spaces, reminiscent of classic film noir. Bloomfield makes photographs with a pinhole camera (literally a box with a hole in it) in which familiar scenes of Raleigh and the coast take on a surreal, and often antique perspective.

Bloomfield has been creating fine art photography for over twenty-five years. She is not only renowned for her use of the pinhole camera but also for alternative photography printing techniques such as platinum printing and gum printing in which the artist makes her own photo-sensitive papers. Her subject matter ranges from coastal scenes on her beloved Baldhead Island, NC, to New York City's Central Park.

Bloomfield has also created an extensive series featuring her daughter as model and muse. Images created with a pinhole camera are often the result of long exposure times leading to a soft focus and somewhat myopic perspective. Figures become almost ghostly while fast moving objects disappear entirely from the image.

Donald Furst is a long-time professor of art at UNC Wilmington as well as the recent head of the art and art history department. His mezzotint engravings have been shown in invitational exhibits around the world including in Poland, Norway, Japan, England and Macedonia. Mezzotints, by the nature of the engraving process, lend themselves towards dark and mysterious imagery.

Furst fully takes advantage of this in both works based on reality as well as Escher-like images full of stairs, ladders and odd perspective. The artist has been using stone lithography as well to explore his recent fascination with doorways and hallways. Furst's prints can be found in the collections of Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, The Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, The Oregon Art Institute and numerous other institution nation-wide.

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