NOW (RECENT WORK), features a selection of new images from one of the most innovative photographers of the last half-century, Jerry Uelsmann. Renowned for his revolutionary multiple exposure printing technique, where multiple negatives and enlargers are employed in the darkroom and several images are fused to create a single photograph, Uelsmann’s images blend the familiar with the abstract to create surreal and dreamlike compositions. This selection of new photographs – all created in the last three years – shows the legendary artist continuing to push the boundaries of the photographic medium, as he has throughout the course of a long and illustrious career.
Although Uelsmann’s photographs have long been concerned with exploring the human condition, NOW (RECENT WORK) shows the artist delving deeper into himself. Images like the startlingly heartfelt Questions of Self provide an intimate and unguarded window into the psyche of an artist whose work has for decades left viewers pondering existential riddles within themselves. Many images in this exhibition (such as Memory Door, The Riddle of Now, and Self Doubt) are products of a creative and intellectual dialogue between Uelsmann and Swedish art history scholar Moa Petersén, a fruitful collaboration that yields some of the exhibition’s most evocative imagery. Exploring deeply human themes of loss, self-love, and transcendence, NOW (RECENT WORK) reveals an artist long renowned for his highly conceptual images embracing the personal. At 84 years old, Uelsmann’s creative fire burns hotter than ever, as he continues each day to re-examine both his art and himself.