Wednesday September 13, 2006

Mugging at ArtStreet

Photographs by Mark "The Cobra Snake" Hunter with a photobooth installation by UD student K.C. Wehking will be on display Sept. 18-Oct. 6.

Photographs by Mark "The Cobra Snake" Hunter and an installation of photobooth images and an electronic photobooth by UD photography student K.C. Wehking will be on display Sept. 18 though Oct. 6 at the University of Dayton's ArtStreet Studio D.

The gallery, free and open to the public, is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday though Friday; noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to midnight on Sunday.

The photographs in the exhibit are presented by both artists as "mug shots" in which subjects self-consciously pose and gesture for the camera, according to ArtStreet Director Susan Byrnes. An electronic photobooth will be part of Wehking's installation, so visitors will have the opportunity to make their own photobooth "mug shot" and add it to the exhibit.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Robert J. Shiffler Foundation and UD's ArtStreet.

"The Robert J. Shiffler Foundation owns one of the most important collections of contemporary art in the United States," Byrnes said. "We're very fortunate to have the foundation working with us on this exhibit."

A reception for both artists will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in conjunction with the UD Arts Series Launch Party. The featured guest is Burnt Sugar, an improvisational jazz fusion group from New York City. The reception will include a jam session with Burnt Sugar and campus musicians.

Known as "The Cobra Snake," the Los Angeles-based Hunter has gained recognition in the Los Angeles Times and many social and cultural blogs for his photographs of people at parties and nightclubs in Los Angeles, New York and other cities. He posts the pictures to his Web site.

For media interviews or more information, contact Susan Byrnes, director of ArtStreet, at 937-229-5103 or artstreet@udayton.edu.