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George Mason University Fine Arts Gallery

Oct. 2-23, 2008

Reception Thursday, Oct. 2 from 4:30-6 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 19, 2008Some people who encountered the large triangle entrenched in the earth last year may have thought it was one of the many construction projects on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. However, the embedded shape was actually a sculpture installation by sculptor and landscape architect RG Brown III. Brown, an associate professor of art at Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, created his first public installation, “Jamestown Triangle,” as part of the East Coast Sculpture Exchange in March 2007. George Mason University’s Art and Visual Technology department presents "Invisible Forces," displaying the images that were generated from the archaeological surveys of that installation, in the Fine Arts Gallery on Oct. 2-23. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2.

Brown first began “embedding” objects into the earth after a series of collaborations with colleagues in the archaeology and geology departments at the University of Georgia.

“I use the word embedding to avoid any reference to death and burial,” he said. “Once the work is embedded, it can no longer be perceived by the senses, yet it still exists in a ‘parallel’ reality.”

Brown and his collaborators use archaeological geophysical devices to scan and reveal the embedded objects, and the data is used to create provocative two-dimensional images.

“On one level I am interested in bring into question traditional notions of ‘seeing,’” he said. “On another level I am interested in exposing forces that are ‘invisible’ but nonetheless exert powerful influences on our lives.”

“RG Brown III offers a hidden parallel universe, which sometimes interrogates life on earth while also nurturing it,” said Walter Kravitz, director of the Fine Arts Gallery. “His images ask us to ‘see’ what is hidden, not too differentiated from the ‘reality’ we perceive in a photograph. The embedded images he refers to become meaningful as intersections of matter in the physical world and psychical representations.”

Originally from Dover, Del., Brown earned his Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard University, a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in Appalachian art from University of Hawaii. His sculpture has been in one-person exhibits in Europe and Africa, and he has also participated in group shows in museums, galleries and art centers across the United States. Brown has been the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships and awards, and has been invited to countless artist residencies. His most recent honors include a Fulbright Scholar Grant, African Regional Research Grant and a Willson Center Research Fellowship for 2006-2007. Brown’s newest works include “GA ARC,” a sculpture installation at the University of Georgia Athens campus, as well as “disPlacements: GA ARC,” an exhibition of geophysical survey images deriving from the original work; "Parallel," a sculpture installation at Sculpture Key West 2008; and “Westobou Canoe,” a sculpture installation at Augusta State University in Georgia as part of the Westobou Festival in 2008.


This event is FREE and open to the public. The gallery is open to the public on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends by appointment. The Fine Arts Gallery is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall.  Visit

The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.