Feature Articles

March 2011

Clemson University in Clemson, SC, Offers Works by Regional Photographers

Clemson University in Clemson, SC, is presenting the exhibit, Alignments, featuring photographs by Polly Gaillard, Michael Marshall, Adam Jacono, Constance Thalken, and Nancy Floyd, on view in the Lee Gallery through Mar. 15, 2012. On Thursday, Mar. 1, there will be a guest artist lecture from participating artist Adam Jacono at 6pm. An artist reception will follow from 7-9pm.

A selection of Nancy Floyd’s work from her collection, She’s Got a Gun will be on view in the exhibit. The photographic series comprises powerful, compelling images of her research on the topic of women and guns in three specific areas: pleasure, power and profession. Images of women in the military, Olympic event shooters, female police officers, women who own for purposes of self-defense and many others are included in the exhibition.

Floyd purchased her first gun in 1991, right after Desert Storm, largely as a way to connect with her brother who had wanted to be a gunsmith. He died in Vietnam when she was 12. The exhibition of photographs explores fifteen years of her experience in the gun world.

Adam Jacono’s artwork examines the relationship of advertising, consumerism and mass media to American culture. His artistic practice combines alternative and traditional photographic processes to reference history, in combination with digital photography, video, web, performance, and printmaking.

Jacono’s work is technically multidimensional and utilizes multiple modes of production, allowing concept to shape the end product.

Pressure Points is a photographic series from Polly Gaillard exploring motherhood, memory and loss. She began photographing her daughter after her divorce, being interested in the awkward moments they shared as her child played. Gaillard was interested in how the divorce played out in both of their lives in subtle and startling ways. As she contemplated her daughter from behind windows, curled in a corner, or in the shadow of her house, she wondered, “Who is this person that lives with me?” She was intrigued by this half-life they shared due to custody obligations.

Constance Thalken’s work involves photography, video, sound, performance and installation. The overarching concern of her work is the complexities of loss.  She often uses animal imagery and references to the natural world to address ideas about death, transformation and the cycles of life.

Michael Marshall is captivated by the age-old schisms of Western thought which represents the collision between faith and empiricism, logic and intuition. Science attempts to define that which he does not understand, and it is through science that he first sought an understanding of the physical world around him. Through this understanding, the world is no less full of mystery and magic. His perceptions, and hence his images, often function more like faith pointing a finger at ineffable experience and mystery.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 864/656-3883 or visit (www.clemson.edu/caah/leegallery/).


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