Paul Berger, Rebecca Cummins, Ellen Garvens and Michael Van Horn, the faculty and staff of the University of Washington’s Photomedia Program, represent diverse interests in digital / optical experimentation, medical, scientific and cultural referents and visual image synthesis which have been realized in photographs, drawing, sculpture and video. This work, seen together for the first time, also reveals overlapping interests in image construction and documentation of personal experience. Paul Berger and Ron Carraher co-founded the Photography Program at the University of Washington in 1978. Since then, it has grown to a robust and multifaceted program within the UW School of Art with an impressive legacy of successful graduate and undergraduate students.
I have been obsessed with visual image synthesis and confederation for the last forty years, initially in multi-print photography and texts. Since the early 1980’s, I have concentrated on the uneasy merging and collision of analog and digital photography. Most recently (2008-09), I have been exploring extended synthetic panoramic imaging, wandering into a kind of “bovine vision” of visual horizon grazing between 240 and 360 degrees. I received my BA from UCLA in 1970, my MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop / SUNY Buffalo in 1973, and came to UW in 1978. I have exhibited throughout the US and in Europe.
I explore the sculptural, experiential and sometimes humorous possibilities of light and scientific phenomena, often referencing the history of optics. Recently, I have been constructing optical devices and sundials – and recording time photographically. Exhibitions venues include: The 2008 Biennial of Seville,Spain; Shenzhen Institute of Fine Art, China and The 6th Shanghai Biennale. The Skylight Aperture Sundialis a permanent installation at Montlake Public Library. I received a BFA: U of Northern Iowa; an MA: U of New Mexcio; and a PhD: U of Technology Sydney. I have been at UW since 2001.
My work has persistently fused photography with drawing and sculpture. I have an interest in the body, the tools we create to extend it, and physical experience. Recent research has been based in prosthetic clinics in the US and Southeast Asia. I received a B.S. in Art at the University of Wisconsin and a MFA from the University of New Mexico. I came to Seattle to teach at the University of Washington in 1994. My work has been shown nationally and internationally. A recent 48-page Contact Print issue from Light Work in Syracuse, New York is dedicated to my work.
Michael Van Horn
I’m the Instructional Technician for the UW Photomedia Program. I work in photography and video – and also as curator for The Monsen Photography Collection. Outside the Monsen Collection I’ve organized the following shows: Sudo Island, Aqua Art Miami Project Room, 2006; Pixel Dolls, Seattle, 2006; Multiplex,Seattle, 2002; Performing Photography, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, 2001. I received an MFA from the UW in 1986 and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1983.