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A major exhibition of over 20 works by holographers from the a variety of nations will be on view at the McAllen International Museum through December 2, 2001. International Holography features outstanding works by leaders in the field of Fine Art Holography.

"Holography is one of the most exciting technologies developing today" says John Mueller, Museum Director. "It is important to note as well that many of the major developments in the history of holography occurred in the United States where the first off-axis laser transmission hologram was developed in the early 1960's at the University of Michigan."

Holography is a unique recording technology, similar to a form of three-dimensional photography, which uses light and laser beams to create images so real they seem to float before us in space. These three-dimensional images are recorded on photographic film but occur in several different formats including Transmission, Reflection, Integral and Embossed holograms. The International Holography exhibition displays examples of each of these major types of holograms.

Among the many special displays in the exhibition is a holographic image of a woman's face in which the face transforms into that of a tiger right before the viewer's eyes. This image, entitled "Tigirl," by the English artist Margaret Benyon must be seen to be believed. In another hologram by the Dutch artist Rudie Berkhout a silhouetted image of the artist shimmers as the viewer walks by. In the hologram "Reasoned Pressure" by American artist and exhibition organizer Douglas Tyler, a hammer shatters a light bulb as small shards of glass appear to explode into the viewer's space. These and many other animated effects and spatial illusions make this exhibition truly remarkable.

Interest in holography as an artistic medium continues to grow and evolve in our global community. Artists throughout the world are now engaged in a wide variety of experimental approaches to the medium. Today, holography is being employed by conceptual artists, installation artists and in sundry mixed media environments. Artists specializing in the creation of public artworks are also beginning to note the expressive opportunities afforded by holography as a fine art medium.

This is a fascinating exhibition that will delight and intrigue visitors of all ages. This is one show that you will not want to miss.

For further information, contact Patty Ballinger at 682-1564, ext 116.
International Museum of Art & Science
(956) 682-1564
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