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Confluence by Jerry Uelsmann

  • 100 Lafayette Street, Fifth Floor Shaw Center for the Arts Baton Rouge, LA 70801
  • LSU Museum of Art-Shaw Center for the Arts
  • July 12, 2018 - October 14, 2018
  • Recurring daily
  • Price: Adults, 13 and older: $5Children, 12 and under: FreeMembers: FreeUniversity student with ID: FreeThe first Sunday of every month is FREE admission.
  • 225-389-7200
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Confluence by Jerry Uelsmann will be on view at the LSU Museum of Art June 12 through October 14, 2018. 

Confluence by Jerry Uelsmann features sixty-five photographs from the artist’s recent series of work, produced from 2014 to 2017. 

While the aesthetics of these artworks align with Uelsmann’s esteemed and unique imagery, these black-and-white photographs evoke a new conversation, one inspired by an unlikely friendship with European art history scholar, Moa Petersen, Ph.D. Confluence demonstrates the natural flow of Uelsmann’s and Petersen’s intellectual friendship. Dealing with personal themes touching on the nature of love and loss, inner strength and self-love, this exhibition provides an intimate view of Uelsmann in his current chapter in life.

Uelsmann is renowned for his mastery of images that are visually fabricated silver prints. These photographs start with a camera, but are constructed in the darkroom. With his keen eye, he assembles these works with unrivaled dark room skills. Using multiple negatives and several enlargers, he creates single analog images through the dodging and burning of light and the masking of images from different negatives to make single works. Uelsmann takes pictures and makes new negatives as a catalog of images for future visual montages. No single negative made is to be printed alone; instead, each negative is like a sketch waiting to be realized in an entirely new work. His masterful works are precursors to the electronic manipulation now rendered by computers in photo-shopped images. 

Photography challenged the veracity of paintings in the 19th century and later was seen by American modernist “straight” photographers to reveal “truth” by artists like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. In opposition to that stance, a post-modern Uelsmann manipulates images to seek surreal and poetic “truths.” Thematically his photographs explore nature and the human condition.

This exhibition is organized by the University Gallery at the University of Florida, curated by Amy R. Vigilante and made possible by the Gary R. Libby Charitable Trust and Hector Puig.