Lucinda Bunnen

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Marcia Wood Gallery is delighted to announce its first exhibition of the renowned Atlanta artist Lucinda Bunnen. The exhibition will be the third in a cycle of three recent exhibitions by Bunnen, all under the name Lucinda's World, each of the three shown in a different venue. Lucinda's world is indeed a fascinating and evocative place into which we have been invited to share some moments. Only a lifetime of dedication and deep passions can create a well of interests and production as deep as the one Bunnen draws from to easily generate three exhibitions of separate bodies of work. The artist and writer Chip Simone summarized the energy and vision that carries throughout Lucinda's World in his Burnaway Review of the first of the cycle of exhibitions last October at Mason Murer Fine Art; "Lucinda loves photography. Her own images can be elegant, sophisticated, or subversive. Her personal experimentation reveals both courage and chutzpa. And even now, into her ninth decade, her very active life still swirls a whirlwind around where she stands, camera in hand, at the center of the cyclone."

The connective tissue of each of the series of work is the artist's personal history and interests. Lucinda's memories, travels, objects, artwork. Lucinda's World, part III: Weathered Chromes is the result of artistic curiosity and experimentation. Bunnen left vintage slides taken throughout her lifetime outside in the rain for weeks. The resulting physical damage to the slides was exciting, beautiful and poetic. Bunnen's Weathered Chrome prints are luscious abstractions that feel like dream fragments, memories rising and dissipating, layers of time. Bunnen has said that she is interested in the duality of illusion vs reality inherent in these works, and enjoys the metaphor of the surprises of the process that is out of her hands, to life itself.

Lucinda's World was first shown at Mason Murer Fine Art and was a very personal journey into the life of the artist, encompassing her photography as well as memorabilia such as her journal entries, photo albums and even furniture. Next in the cycle was A Collection of Collections at the Swan Coach House. For decades Bunnen has been collecting art, as well as a wide variety of objects. This exhibition presented photographs of twenty-seven different collections assembled into striking compositions, as well as installations of the actual objects.

Lucinda Weil Bunnen is a practicing artist (photographer) living in Atlanta, Georgia. She has participated in many national, international and regional juried shows such as: "Atlanta Artists in Buenos Aires" in Argentina, "Atlanta in France" in Toulouse, France, and "New Southern Photography: Between Myth and Reality" at the Burden Gallery in New York City. Lucinda has worked on several multi-media exhibitions, curated and juried many shows. Her work has been reviewed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, The New York Times and other publications. She has co-authored three books: "Movers and Shakers in Georgia" published by Simon and Schuster, 1978, "Scoring in Heaven: Gravestones and Cemetery Art in the American Sunbelt States" published by Aperture Foundation, 1990, "ALASKA Trails Tales and Eccentric Detours", 1992. In 1999, she had a 30-year retrospective and along with it an award-winning catalog. She has had radio and television interviews including a piece for National Public Radio and the "Oprah Winfrey Show". Her work can be found in numerous public collections including: the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., the Mint Museum, Charlotte N.C., the Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC, the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., MOCA GA and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. In 1983 she was both donor and curator of "Subjective Vision: the Lucinda W. Bunnen collection of photographs" for the High Museum of Art. The Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center awarded Lucinda the Nexus Award in 2013. In 2004 she was the Master Series Artist for the city of Atlanta. In 2014 Lucinda showed her work and collection at the High Museum of Art and her portraits were shown at the Atlanta Preservation Center. The series "Hatcher's Pond" hangs at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and a wall of photographs hang in the Charles Loudermilk building. Lucinda Weil Bunnen Photography Gallery opened at the High Museum of Art in 2014. The High Museum of Art celebrated Lucinda Bunnen and thirty years of the Bunnen Collection of Photography, 1983-2013. In 2015 Lucinda will be receiving the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers award.