Our Good Photographs
Ella Boyd, Katherine Carey, Haoxing Du, Morgan Frisby, Ellen Kim, Forest Kobayashi, Sara McAllister, Chloe Mozer, Alex Nunes, Jonah Rubin, Kinjal Shah, Reagan Smith, Oswaldo Sosa, Nelll White
May 3 – May 9, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Kinjal Shah, Palm Lines, 2019. © Kinjal Shah
Sprague Gallery is pleased to announce Our Good Photographs. The exhibition presents student artwork from Art 33 HM (Spring 2019), a photography course taught by Professor Ken Fandell of the Harvey Mudd art faculty.
Students made works using cyanotype photogram, scanner and DSLR camera in response to assignments of various genres and concepts. Examples are making the best picture, filling the frame in the tradition of the still life both in black and white and in color, making something ugly beautiful and something beautiful ugly, making a landscape and photographing its detail, portrait and self-portrait, and the invisible. Each assignment was complemented by scholarly references in art and photography. As a result, hundreds of images were produced.
The works in the exhibition have been chosen for their complexity. They are less photographic records or studies of the subjects but more traces of arranging, manipulating, both knowingly and unknowingly, and viewing. Many of them host shifts of power and perspectives through duality and multiplicity of elements, games/play, and deconstruction. In some cases, the system or the frame in which each subject is situated is what the works highlight. In the process of being put against one another or against the system, the subjects remain generous to allow the risk of losing power or being wrapped in obscurity; and that may be the detail of the works that is either refreshing or poignant.
Our Good Photographs runs through May 9.
Curated by Julia Hong