PLEASE NOTE: The "open hours" listed on this page are incorrect, and the site will not let me change them. This exhibit will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 6 PM, and by appointment. It will be in Gallery F/V & P, third floor, Juliana Curran Terian Design Center. Questions? Write firstname.lastname@example.org
Pratt Institute's Department of Film/Video and Photography will present a solo show of two bodies of work by artist Fred Camper. For one group, titled "Figments," each work is based on a single photograph that has been digitally converted into 47 lower resolution images that are combined, juxtaposed side-by-side, and superimposed. Small portions are also excerpted and enlarged from the superimposed images to create abstract, dreamy compositions, titled "Clouds." One viewer said of the "Clouds," "It's like seeing a photograph together with its DNA." In an essay written for the exhibit, Chicago artist and writer Brian Robert Hischier writes, "Camper faced the dangers of artistic certainty head on, and developed a method of production that created works which were equal parts objectivity and subjectivity.... I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I believe that in the art of Fred Camper, we have finally transcended art."
"One goal of the exhibition is to create a feeling that the inner machinery of the digital image is exposed, its various parts seeming to grind against each other," said Camper. "Another is to try to present all these versions of an image, from the original to its reduction to a single solid color, as equally authentic, equally beautiful, and equally true," he added.
A second group of works in the show, "Venues 1: Terian Center," is based on 176 photographs Camper took of the building that will house his show. Each is digitally modified in a number of ways with a controlled use of random numbers, and then combined into varied grids.
Camper has been an art and film critic for many years, publishing in the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Tribune, ArtNEWS, Film Culture, and other publications; he also completed his own experimental films several decades ago. He turned to art making in 2002, and he began completing work in 2005, after many years of thinking about ways of juxtaposing photographs that might open up space in a manner worthy of great cinema. Other inspirations for his work include painting, classical music, and architecture.
For more on the show, see http://www.fredcamper.com/A/Info/Exhibitions/Pratt09.html