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Photography provides an opportunity to see what might otherwise be overlooked. Capitalizing on this concept, Within the Frame, open now in East Building through July 7, presents a collection of images that reveal hidden scenes within mirrors, frames, windowpanes, and other constructions.
Kristina Rogers, Untitled, 1993, gelatin-silver print (diptych), paper (each): 11 x 14 in., image (each): 8 1/8 x 12 1/2 in., Gift of the artist's family
In Within the Frame, viewers “enter” some spaces through doorways, allowing for a deepening of the scope of a picture and the expansion of the story within an image. Windowpanes invite daydreaming, while reflective surfaces—especially mirrors—welcome contemplation of the self or questions of identity. Other works ask the viewer to consider the irony of a framed work of art within a photograph. Kristina Rogers’s photocollages, for example, encourage conversations about the layers, inversions, and geometric lines in her images. Together the photographs in Within the Frame evoke ideas about photography that change the ways we think about the medium.
Elizabeth Matheson, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, 1982, 1982, gelatin-silver print, 9 1/4 x 12 1/8 in., Purchased with funds from the William R. Roberson Jr. and Frances M. Roberson Endowed Fund for North Carolina Art
"It's so much easier to control the mood of a photograph in black and white ... You don't have to deal with the cheerful tyranny of blue skies."
Artists in the exhibition include Elizabeth Matheson, David Simonton, Nan Goldin, Alec Soth, Kristina Rogers, Pamela Pecchio, Elliott Erwitt, Uta Barth, John Menapace, Luis Rey Velasco, Lee Friedlander, Allen Frame, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Joyce Tenneson, among others.
Jennifer Dasal is curator of modern and contemporary art at the NCMA.
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