The Projective Eye Gallery of the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture presents Mad Hatters to Pixel Pushers: Exploring the continuum of photography through process and the constructed image, September 20 through November 14. The opening reception on Saturday, September 28, features conversations with the artists and a performance by the UNC Charlotte Faculty Jazz Quintet.
Mad Hatters to Pixel Pushers focuses on contemporary photographers from the southeast and beyond who use alternative processes, gelatin silver photography, digital imaging, and photo sculpture with the “constructed image.” There has always been a peeling back to process in fine art photography. This love of process can also be linked to a loose continuation of atmosphere in photographic pictorialism, to contrast with the commercialized imagery of mass culture. Even in today’s standard practice of photography as a digital output image, tampering with the photograph has continued and often references these non-silver practices, or actually employs them in combination with pixel-based imagery.
An even stronger thread throughout the exhibition is the elaborate process that often precedes the taking of the photograph: creating a tableau or manipulating a collage. These photographers act as subliminal directors, staging for viewers the entire event – or object – from a place inside their minds. What is not in their images is just as significant as what is.
This exhibition was designed to complement the Southeast Society of Photographic Education (SPE) Conference hosted by the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture and The Light Factory Photographic Arts Center. With respect for the ideals of the SPE, the range of artists presented includes student and emerging artists along with mid-career and highly established artists:
Anne Arden McDonald, Carolyn DeMeritt, Dan Estabrook, Aspen Hochhalter, Antonio Martinez, Phil Moody, Jeff Murphy, Linda Foard Roberts, Laurie Schorr, Alice Sebrell, Gayle Stevens, Lorraine Turi.
The opening reception and performance by the Faculty Jazz Quintet take place from 6 to 8 pm on Saturday, September 28 and are free to the public. Led by Dr. Will Campbell, saxophone, the Faculty Jazz Quintet features Dr. Michael Hackett, trumpet; Noel Freidline, piano; Ron Brendle, bass; and Ocie Davis, drums.