Almost Alice: New Illustrations of Wonderland by Maggie Taylor
MAY 19–JULY 18
Almost Alice: New Illustrations of Wonderland by Maggie Taylor takes a fresh look at Lewis Carroll’s enduring tale through the work of an artist who in recent years has emerged as one of the most accomplished and innovative masters of the digital imaging process. The exhibition includes 45 digital transformations that demonstrate the saturated color and surreal effects that Maggie Taylor has become known for.
To create works such as these, Taylor selects an assortment of 19th century daguerreotypes and tintypes, contemporary snapshots, and other images that she loads into a computer using a flatbed scanner. These are added to other images of objects that Taylor photographs, acquires, or scans. All of these are then composed, combined, and colorized using Adobe Photoshop software. A typical finished image may consist of 40 to 60 or more layers. Although the final images are richly colored and dreamlike in appearance,Taylor’s photographic sources and her digital manipulation ensure that the images retain a sense of photographic veracity, thus adding to their surreal power. Taylor’s series Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published in book form by Modernbook Editions, Palo Alto, California, in 2008.
Maggie Taylor received her BA in philosophy from Yale University in 1983 and her MFA in photography from the University of Florida in 1987. After working for more than 10 years as a still life photographer, she began using digital processes in 1996.Taylor has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. Her works are located in private and public collections, including the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; the Art Museum, Princeton University; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea. Awards include the State of Florida Individual Artist's Fellowship in 1996 and again in 2001. In 2004 she won the Santa Fe Center for Photography's Project Competition. Taylor lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband, renowned photographer Jerry Uelsmann.
This exhibition, organized by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, is toured by Curatorial Assistance, Pasadena, California, and is supported in part by the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program.
Maggie Taylor, It’s Always Tea-time, 2006, archival pigment inkjet print. Copyright 2008 Maggie Taylor. Courtesy of Curatorial Assistance, Inc.
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James L. Steg, One, Two, Three, Four, 1964, collagraph, artist proof #3. Courtesy of Frances Swigart Steg.
Spotlight: Prints by James L. Steg MARCH 20–MAY 16
Master printmaker James L. Steg (1922–2001) was a professor of art for 43 years at Newcomb College of Tulane University. He explored many printmaking techniques and became an authority on paint and solvent reactions. He pioneered eccentric media, such as Xerox prints altered with paint and chemicals. Among his inventions is the collograph, a form of printmaking in which collaged materials are applied to a rigid backing such as wood or cardboard and then inked and run through a printing press.
Among the collections that include Steg’s works are those of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Spotlight: An Installation by Sally Heller
MAY 22–JULY 18
Prior to the opening day, museum visitors are invited to observe as the artist assembles the installation, beginning Tuesday, May 18.
Late this spring the Soupçon Gallery will be transformed by one of Sally Heller’s fantastical ecosystems, created with clever reference to consumerism and environmental issues. Heller constructs her installations, which sometimes include sound and video, from cheap consumer goods such as chicken wire and plastic plates, or what she calls “the bric-a-brac we discard but use in an often gluttonous capacity.”
Sally Heller, Uprooted, 2007, mixed media and found materials. Installation at Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans. Image courtesy of the artist.
Since receiving her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1980, she has exhibited throughout the country at Columbia College, Chicago; Miami University Art Museum, Ohio; Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Mass.; Soapfactory, Minneapolis; Rockland Center for the Arts, Nyack, NY; and Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, among other venues. She lives and works in New Orleans.