JULY 27 – AUGUST 26
Artists’ Opening Reception is on Friday, July 27th, 5-8pm.
Continuing in the tradition of re-photographic projects, the Internet and immersive travel simulators, such as Google Street View and Bing Streetside, are used to virtually journey to sites where iconic images from the history of photography and cinema were created. Photography, cinema, and newer technologies like Street View share a relation as mediums that have been used as surrogates for travel and a way of augmenting our lived experience. While serving a similar impulse, each platform delivers its own unique perception of reality. In choreographing a mashup of content that offers varied perspectives of a place, the iconic image is overlaid with the virtual landscape and then, relying on the vernacular of the digital image, allow an intelligent computer process to determine how those two sets of information will interact and composite.
To further the dialogue between the camera’s witnessing of the physical landscape and the mediated experience of its virtual equivalent, the images are written back into by glitching them with information gathered while researching the locations of the photographs. Navigating the Internet to find these locations is an exercise in traversing a hyperlinked set of stories, dead ends, data sets, news accounts, and testimonies. These signposts are presented below the image in an arrangement that produces a dialogue between the physical world and the datastream, past and present, banality and spectacle, filmic narratives and anonymous landscapes, amongst many other unanticipated relations. The works seek to leverage these complex layers of mediation in creating a new form of image that asks questions about our experience or non-experience of places through the proxy of the electronic image.
Jon Horvath is an interdisciplinary artist routinely employing systems-based strategies within transmedia narrative projects. He received his MFA in Photography from UW-Milwaukee in 2008, and a BAS in both English Literature and the History of Philosophy from Marquette University in 2001.
Horvath’s work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group shows at venues including: The Print Center (Philadelphia), FIESP Cultural Centre (Sao Paolo, Brazil), Gyeonggi Art Center (Suwon, South Korea), OFF Piotrkowska (Lodz, Poland), Newspace Center for Photography (Portland), the Haggerty Museum of Art (Milwaukee), INOVA (Milwaukee), Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati), Johalla Projects (Chicago), and The Alice Wilds (Milwaukee). His work is currently held in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Haggerty Museum of Art, and is included in the Midwest Photographers Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Horvath currently teaches in the New Studio Practice program at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.
Hans Gindlesberger’s creative practice engages a broad range of photographic thinking and making. While remaining uncommitted to a singular approach or aesthetic, his work is anchored to an ongoing interest in places, whether real, manufactured, or imaginary, and in playful subversions of the photographic process. He received an MFA in Photography from SUNY Buffalo in 2006.
His projects, spanning photography, video, installation, and new media, have been exhibited at Galleri Image (Aarhus, Denmark), Gallery 44 (Toronto), the Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival (Kobe, Japan), the Voies Off Festival (Arles, France), the Flash Forward traveling exhibition, and FILE Media Art (São Paulo, Brazil). He has lectured nationally and internationally at venues including the International Festival of Photography (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts (London), Edinburgh University (Edinburgh, Scotland) and numerous universities throughout the United States. Recently, his work has been published in BLOW Photography Magazine, Diffusion, LensCulture, AintBad, and the Flash Forward Tenth anthology, published by the Magenta Foundation. Currently, he heads the photography program at Binghamton University in upstate New York.