the altered image | giving up the ghost
DURING FIRST BANK FIRST SATURDAY ART CRAWL
May 4 6-9 PM
In our ever-increasing digital world, photographs have become a part of daily life. When people are not posting their own filtered photos, they spend hours looking into the digital lives of others. But there is something special about a vintage photograph. Instead of hitting a “like,” there was a time these images were collected and assorted into albums and frames—allowing the opportunity to ponder the images’ backstories.
Using a variety of artistic techniques—collage, paint, embroidery, weaving and more—the artists featured in The Altered Image exhibition have taken the history of these vintage photographs into their own hands, altering the images to produce new narratives, new ideas and new ways of seeing. From Hollie Chastain’s “joining together” of individuals in her woven portraits and Nick DeFord’s embellished messages and masks, to Rocky Horton’s juxtaposition of historic statues with modern-day professional wrestlers and Lisa Kokin’s dissections and re-connections, these artists force us to view the images in a way that was never originally intended.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The overall theme of “altered image” is continued in the supporting exhibition, Giving Up the Ghost, featuring the painted photographs of artist Angela Deane. Through this body of work, Deane engages with found photographs. These objects have a history unknown to the artist and speak of another’s memory. In these photographs, Deane covers the subjects with paint, subtracting the specific identity of each person and transforming them into anonymous ghosts for the viewer to project upon. In this way, a private and specific experience becomes an open and shared one through the material addition of paint on photograph. Deane states, “Through this haunting of the material, the ghosts become us, and we become the ghosts. We become the ghosts of our everyday.”
The Arts Company’s exhibition Giving Up the Ghost will be one of the final showings of this unique photographic series.
To celebrate the closing of the “Ghost Photograph” series, Deane will be publishing her first book, The Ghosts Within, this month. According to the artist, “These simple, small paintings have continually astonished me with their ability to affect people in both a playful and meaningful way. These ghosts are familiar; they are the ghosts that travel with us, the ghosts of our moments, our minutes, our yesterdays. As I move on from these found photo paintings to focus on my large canvas endeavors, I want to properly honor my steadfast spirit companions with this publication.”