Looking Forward, Looking Back
As an institution that takes pride in its photographic production facilities, education programs and exhibitions, Gallery 44’s “still revolution” looks back and forward at the same time. Photography, as a medium in technological flux, incites photographers to respond in myriad ways. The gallery’s celebratory 30th anniversary exhibition highlights many of these developments.
Works in the exhibition use contemporary techniques, such as the scanning of objects in lieu of a traditional camera, as in the work of April Hickox. Contemporary themes prevail in the dark tableaux of Dianne Davis and the constructed scenes of Alex Kisilevich. Chris Shepherd photographs vacant storefronts in the process of change; Paul Till uses a vintage Diana camera to nostalgic effect. Documentary practices are celebrated in Marco Buonocore’s gelatin silver prints and in Heidi Leverty’s magni- fied study of discarded paper. Charlene Heath questions the documentary genre in her photographs of webcam images. From ambrotypes and tintypes by Rob Norton, to cyanotypes printed on silk organza by Sally Ayre, traditional photographic methods are juxtaposed with contemporary chromogenic prints. This exhibition represents a range of Gallery 44 members’ works, and was juried by Sophie Hackett, Catherine Dean and Peter Higdon.