February 13, 2020 / Photography exhibition opening at Vincennes
University’s Shircliff Gallery of Art
VINCENNES, Ind. – An exhibition featuring the photography of Deborah
Orloff and Kris Sanford will open Feb. 18 at Vincennes University’s
Shircliff Gallery of Art.
Both artists will present projects created from found imagery. The
exhibition runs through March 20 and admission is free. An artist talk
and reception will take place with Orloff and Sanford on Feb. 20, 11
a.m.– noon (EST) at the gallery.
Memory and Imagination is a two-person exhibition that examines
memory and connections through the recontextualization of family
photos and found snapshots. Artist Deborah Orloff transforms forgotten
family photos into cultural artifacts, while Kris Sanford brings a
contemporary rereading to old photographs to address sexuality and relationships.
Orloff’s series, Elusive Memory reveals the complexity of
memory and its relationship to photography. Specifically how discarded
family photographs become stand-ins for all of our perceptions of
personal history. The resulting large-scale photographs make
commonplace objects monumental and emphasize their unique details. In
their final representation, these banal objects become simulacra of
loss and speak to the ephemeral nature of memory.
In Through the Lens of Desire, Sanford creates implied
narratives using snapshots from the 1920s-1950s. Vernacular
photographs from that era were created as private keepsakes and the
unselfconscious intimacy they depict feels authentic and relatable. As
modern viewers, we witness personal moments that were never intended
to be public. In her skillfully selected imagery Sanford contemplates
hidden relationships in vernacular photographs seen through gestures,
touch, and proximity.
Deborah Orloff is a Professor and Associate Chair of the Department
of Art at the University of Toledo. Originally from New York City,
Orloff received her MFA from Syracuse University and her BFA from
Clark University. Although her primary medium is photography, she has
also worked in video and installation. Her artwork has been included
in numerous exhibitions at national and international venues
including: the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; the
Toyohashi Museum of Art & History in Toyohashi, Japan; and the
Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Kris Sanfordis a conceptual artist and educator. Sanford is an
Associate Professor at Central Michigan University. She has exhibited
work nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in
Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, London, Miami,
and New York. She was a finalist for the 2018 Lange-Taylor Prize from
the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
The Shircliff Gallery of Art is located in the Shircliff Humanities
Center at the corner of First and Harrison street on the Vu campus in
Room A103. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6
p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m.
Director of Shircliff Gallery of Art, Vincennes University
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college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
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