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Between art & Art
Exhibition Dates: June 22 - July 20, 2013
Thursday, June 27
5:00 - 9:00 pm
Vid Ingelevics's career as an artist and curator have been focused on, as he puts it, "two ultimately related pathways - photography's mediating role in our postmodern understanding of the past and in the nature of our urban space." Between art & Art
was inspired while working on the Camera Obscured
exhibition which addressed the use of photography in public museums. Ingelevics found some of the images were without obvious purpose. Today images come engrained with meta-data- time stamps at least, but it is easy to forget that many of the ways we save, view, and categorize images come with prompts for additional information. Professional, personal, and even casual social media visual databanks calls for comments on date, place, time, tags, captions. This was not always true.
The source images Ingelevics started with for Between art & Art carried little to no information on the reason for the image. At one point it was probably believed that the image's visual note was so obvious that it indeed needed no recording. With time and staff changes, however, the purpose and even subject of many images faded and eventually dissipated completely. Discerning has become impossible, but Ingelevic's fascination with these visual dead-ends continued and led to Between art & Art. Ingelevics, as if on the trail of the lost end of a thread, returned to many of the depicted institutions and recaptured the frames with a large format camera. Images of grand foyiers, outdoor passageways, storage spaces, and galleries seem so highly intentioned and purposeful, but still lack that connecting thread. They are as ambiguous now as we imagine their referents to be. They are clean and grand views, so they do have import; it is this tension between seeing and not knowing that keeps us locked with curiosity.
The images are as much meditations on the history of visual record-keeping as they are about memory and process. They relate to the whole, but also are as specific as rousing wonder at those early record-keepers- the anonymous museum staff photographers. The work is situated somewhere between the technical practice of photography, "art" and the "Art" that was often their subject.
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