Two Barton students–junior art education major Megan Brinkley and senior art and design major Aaron Ellis–will soon be exhibiting their work in the student gallery area in Hackney Library near the elevator on the first floor. Gerard Lange, Barton associate professor of art, explains the exhibition in this way:
What is a Photograph?
Beginning with the thought of what are the definitions of the word “photograph,” works in this exhibition have been created to either play towards these descriptions or intentionally against them. This is an interesting construct from which to examine what constitutes photography. Is it specifically the capturing of images with a camera, or is it the reaction of light on photosensitive surfaces?
For each of these works, students Megan Brinkley and Aaron Ellis employed this kind of critical inquiry. Many of these images were made using a nineteenth-century photographic process where chemicals were hand-mixed from raw materials. This is how the particular hues and tonality in some images were created.
However, other works shown here follow the notion of scrutinizing definitions, then accepting or denying what appears in print. This more conceptual way of working is reflected in Brinkley’s use of seawater to make images of the ocean and moonlight to craft pictures of earth’s satellite. Likewise, this is seen in Ellis’ abstract compositions created from fading pieces of cardboard and a computer monitor displaying the alphanumeric code that is, in essence, the digital existence of an image.
Essentially, each of these artists is stretching the boundary of lens-based image-making by asking the simple question, what is a photograph?
The exhibit will be installed on Tuesday, December 6, so come by at your leisure (or when you need a break from studying!) to see these students’ exploration of the definition of photography.