Slide Lectures

Slide Lectures features dozens of photographs of obsolete slide carousels, containing slide lectures that were once used to instruct art and design students. Hardly any of the carousels are full. The gaps are reminders that slides, unlike digital images, could be physically handled; they were swapped, borrowed for other lectures, and even lost. The photographs are titled after the lectures that the carousels contain. One particular title refers to Lyle Rexer’s book The Antiquarian Avant-Garde, reminding us that the techniques and materials of the past, widely considered obsolete, still hold relevance for many contemporary artists working today. Printed in large scale, the carousels are abstracted and rendered almost unrecognizable, foreshadowing how these obsolete objects might be perceived by generations of photographers to come.

Essay by Alison Nordström: The Things We Keep

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Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario, Canada. 2018

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Antiquarian Avant-Garde
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

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Artist Vocabulary
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

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7 up LOGOS + GRAPHICS
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

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F.A. Slide Library
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

Interviews and Moe Koffman
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Interviews and Moe Koffman
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

Bauhaus 1
The Bauhaus I
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

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The Bauhaus II
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

The Nude retouched
The Nude
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

Photography and the Electronic Image new

Photography and the Electronic Image
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

Identity Documents and Portraiture (August Sanders and Lewis Hine) 14_4-Mar18
Identity Documents and Portraiture (August Sander and Lewis Hine)
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

Dialogue with Solitude retouched
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Dialogue with Solitude
 Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

Creative and Mental Growth retouched final
Creative and Mental Growth
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

Birth of Modern Printing- Gutenberg and Paltin-Moretus retouched final
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Birth of Modern Printing- Gutenberg and Plantin-Moretus
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

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Eugene Richards
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

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American Social Landscape
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

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Latin American Art
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

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Science Images (Talbot)
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

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The Photo Essay (Eugene Smith)
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

American Photographs Walker Evans
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American Photographs: Walker Evans
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

Being Without Clothes
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Being Without Clothes
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

George Krause Il Nudo
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George Krause Il Nudo
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

Robert Frank The Americans
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Robert Frank: The Americans
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

Women and other visions
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Women and Other Visions
Archival Pigment Print, 2018
35″ x 35″ (89 cm x 89 cm)

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