January 11 2008
The exhibition, "In & Out of Place," juxtaposes the photographs of Richard Koenig, Emily Momohara, Patrick Nagatani, Lisa Robinson, Rebecca Blume Rothman, and Matt Siber as they focus on a contemporary notion of â€œplaceâ€ through the lens.
The public is invited to an artistâ€™s reception on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m in the University Art Gallery. Siber will also present a lecture about his work and career on the same evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.
The topic of place carries a notion of landscape, site, and context, while the exhibition draws equal attention to what is In & Out of Place. Richard Koenig of Kalamazoo, Mich. reminds us of the act of photography, its perspective literally a point of view exploiting what has been put out of place. This displacement continues strongly into the large diptychs of Chicago photographer Matt Siber, who draws new attention to our daily and commercial landscape by removing all text from the photograph, and relocating it on a white background.
Landscape is also directly addressed by New York photographer Lisa Robinson through her "Snowbound" research, the resulting snow encrusted scenes imply everything from the sublime to the nostalgic. A similar intimacy is well illustrated in the work of Phoenix photographer Rebecca Blume Rothman who contributes a series of sensitive portrayals of home, both candid and observant. Emily Hanako Momohara of Cincinnati reflects on her familyâ€™s detention during WWII in American concentration camps in her "Desert Sands" photographs. Her sculptural images bring issues of race, war, and immigration to the surface with the absence and presence of demonstrative objects.
Science and technology permeate "Chromatherapy," a recent series by Patrick Nagatani of Albuquerque N.M. Through the creation of tableaus, simultaneously realistic and imaginary, Nagatani makes us witness theatrical experiments that stimulate both worry and wonder for the onlooker.
The University Art Gallery is located in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets. The Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. All gallery events are free and the facility is wheelchair accessible. For additional information call (812) 237-3720 or go to www.indstate.edu/artgallery.
Contact: Melissa Vandenberg, director of University Art Gallery, 812.237.3787 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or email@example.com
The works of six nationally and internationally-known photographers are currently on display in the Indiana State University Art Gallery until Feb. 1.