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In Focus

In Focus
90 x 140 inch (h x w)

In the 19th century, a new means of visual representation came into being. The invention of photography revolutionized the field of art. The earliest photographers spent decades experimenting with techniques and questioning the nature of this new medium. Photography is the method of capturing an image through the action of light or related radiation that is then printed on a light-sensitive material. Throughout the years, photography has made its impact as it has become more portable and accessible in the field of art. Once seen as a threat to the notion of 'real' art, photography is now a prominent medium of art. In Focus, features photographs from the McIninch Art Gallery's permanent collection, selected by the student workers.

The selected artists each contribute to portraying the range photography has to offer. Yoav Horesh and Dr. Harold E. Edgerton's works concern the passing of time, motion, and change. Rosh Hashanah Dinner captures an intimate moment in life through extended exposure techniques, paralleling what Dr. Edgerton accomplished using stroboscopic equipment. Elliot Porter and Tanya Marcuse explore the realms of natural photography through rich, detailed compositions and muted colors. Porter's Foxtail Grass and Columbine Leaves from his Intimate Landscape series offer an atmospheric presence similar to the metaphorical tones of Marcuse's Fallen #45 and Fallen #484. Though using opposite construction methods, when juxtaposed with one another, these artists showcase the depths hidden within our natural environments. Both Laura Letinsky and Elizabeth Rush-Mueller use their mediums to portray beauty through quiet snapshots of intricate lives. The stillness of these shots gives the viewer a glimpse into another world. Compositions Untitled #64 and Untitled #47 highlight those often-overlooked moments in life. Rush-Mueller's prints from her series Still Lifes from a Vanishing City succeed at furthering this narrative by capturing solemn moments in civilian life in the city of Yangon, Myanmar. Lastly, Jesse Burke's Wild and Precious selections explore the powerful bond between nature and the creation of one's self-identity.

With these selections, In Focus encourages the viewer to consider photography’s revolutionary standing as an artistic medium. This exhibit asks the observer to take a step back and reflect on life; from the smaller, finite details to the larger, meaningful moments, it is all worth remembering.



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