Residual reality is a phrase coined by the late Robert Heinecken."Some of my enthusiasm for the (found) photograph," he once said, "was based on the fact that there was some residual illusion of reality in it always, no matter what I did to it." (Los Angeles Times)
Beginning with Heinecken, Joyce Neimanas and Ken Josephson, this exhibition highlights a lineage of artists, mentors and students who are not photographers in the traditional sense, but rather artists who used photographs to make art, inventing visual images that are not documents of the world. While they do deal with existence and observation of the concrete, they use photography in ways that challenge process, rules and forms. "Residual Reality" presents photo collages, virtual environments, sculptures and video installations.
Both Heinecken and Neimanas have influenced many from the University of California, Los Angeles, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of New Mexico and numerous other institutions and artists. Their students continue the tradition of reinterpreting and experimenting with photo media.
Featured artists for this exhibit include Heinecken, Neimanas, Josephson, Patrick Nagatani, Gillian Brown, Ellen Brooks, Scott Rankin, Min Kim Park, Joseph Mougel, Daniel Kaufmann, Masumi Shibata and Jyl Kelley, an assistant professor of photography in the art & design department at UW-Eau Claire.
Kelley and Neimanas are co-curating the show with the assistance of Wanrudee Buranakorn, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of art & design; Foster Gallery director Tom Wagener; and the following UW-Eau Claire art & design students: seniors Andrew Kaiser, Eau Claire, Kaleb Durocher, Wisconsin Rapids, and Justin Vajko, Pembine; and sophomore Daniel Smith, Golden Valley, Minn.
"Students played a major role in developing this exhibition with four different photography classes in the art & design department assisting with the planning and installation," Kelley said.
For more information, check out the August 2009 news release.