Bertha Jaques


curated by elin o’Hara slavick


October 16 – November 7, 2015


Neo-Pre-Post-Contra-Para-Anti-Hyper-Pro-Trans-Ultra-Photography is inspired by Thomas McEvilley’s essay on Wolfgang Laib in which he explains the notion of Neo-Pre-Post-Modern. McEvilley explains that Laib – a contemporary Swiss artist who was trained as a doctor and meticulously collects pollen from flowers for his opaq­ue squares of ochre and lemon that glow from within – works at the intersection where cave paintings and Giotto meet Malevich and Minimalism. Laib’s work is both a return to the archaic and the role of artist as intermediary and a deconstruction of the masculine monumental and the industrial permanent.

Neo-Pre-Post-Contra-Para-Anti-Hyper-Pro-Trans-Ultra-Photography attempts to bring together – in one giant exhibition in one small gallery – every type of photographic work: the historical, vintage, classically modernist, documentary, experimental, solarized, manipulated, black and white and color, illuminated, appropriated, nostalgic, derivative, found, archival, performative evidence, magical, technical, formal, playful, digital, photomontage, collage, narrative, abstract, mass produced, mediated, familial, personal, political, landscape, self-referential, pop, erotic, handmade, unique prints and photographs that become something else. All of the artists in this show are people I love. Many of the works are from my own personal collection – Tammy Rae Carland, Emmet Gowin, Greg Halloran, Garciela Iturbide, Jane Marching, Ashley Oates, Joel Sternfeld, Val Telberg, Grant Yarolin, the tintypes and various vintage prints. I consider these artists as comrades in their critical love for everything photographic and their tremendous ability to share that love through their work and many also through teaching and friendship.

Images from left to right –  John Taj Neville, Lynn Saville, Bertha Jacques, Gesche Würfel


Part of the Click!

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Opening Reception:

October 16, 2015

Becca Albee, Ben Alper, Tammy Rae Carland, Joy Drury Cox, Gail Goers, Emmet Gowin, Greg Halloran, Tama Hochbaum, Graciela Iturbide, Carolyn Janssen, Minjin Kang, Siri Kaur, Angela Kelly, Mijoo Kim, Jane Marsching, Lisa McCarty, Alyssa Miserendino, John Taj Neville, Ashley Oates, Arthur Ou, Eric Pickersgill, Drew Robertson, Lynn Saville, Joel Sternfeld, J. Gray Swartzel, Val Telberg, Jina Valentine, Gesche Würfel, Grant Yarolin, Brenna Murphy, Peter Barnett, Ashley Florence, Amy White and anonymous photographers from the curator’s collection.



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