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On Intimacy

February 23, 2018 to March 5, 2018
Mohr Student Gallery

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
ON VIEW: MONDAY - FRIDAY | 10AM -5PM (CLOSED WEEKENDS)
OPENING REFRESHMENTS: TUESDAY, FEB 27 | 5-6:30PM

As an assignment for Digital Photography II (ARTSTUDI 275), students were asked to collectively develop a theme for an exhibition and to create artworks based on their creative and conceptual interpretations.

Bringing together a group of nine photographers, this exhibition considers expressions of intimacy as a central subject matter for visual engagement. Through their work, more questions than answers arise: how can intimacy be defined? How can it be artistically manifested, perceived, or translated though photography in ways that its meaning is ultimately magnified, not confined? Is intimacy intrinsically bound to notions of actual or felt proximity, or can it be solely described as an element of visual design?

While investigating the effects of photography on the spectator, the French philosopher Roland Barthes explains the "punctum" of a picture as "that accident which pricks" us when we look at a photograph, or in another words: that rare detail that intimately attracts and connects us to an image. Thus, considering intimacy as a visual subject, is the punctum we recognize in the images we see something that is present for everyone or specifically decoded by how each one of us  individually identifies what intimacy means?

Students: Dahkota Brown,  Lawrence Chiou, Ima Grullon, Ryder Kimball, May Li, Erik Raucher, Yae-Rang Schumacher, Bryce Tuttle, and Meagan Wu.

Instructor: Jamil Hellu

Image: Ima Grullon 

VISITOR INFORMATION: The Mohr Student Gallery is located on the lower level of the McMurtry Building on Stanford’s campus, at 355 Roth Way. Visitor parking is free all day on the weekend and after 4pm on weekdays, except by the oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and hop on the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle.

Sponsor: 
Department of Art & Art History
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