Photography exhibit to shed new light, meaning on artifacts

January 20, 2015 | Arts, Events, UToday, — Communication and the Arts
By Angela Riddel

“Reverence & Irreverence,” an exhibit by photographer and artist Rebecca Zeiss, will be on display from Tuesday, Jan. 20, through Monday, March 2, in the Center for the Visual Arts Clement Gallery on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

“In Search of Forgiveness,” palladium/platinum print, by Rebecca Zeiss

“In Search of Forgiveness,” palladium/platinum print, by Rebecca Zeiss

In the exhibition, Zeiss explores the handling of objects and their assigned or remembered memories.

She spent time with artifacts given to her by family and strangers over time. While lighting and composing the original photographs, Zeiss looked for signs of past stories, possibilities and potential mysteries. She then arrived at and expressed the understanding of the experiences the objects have, or likely had, witnessed.

These perceptions are presented in a variety of formats ranging from ultraviolet images printed on brushed aluminum to handmade, multi-image large format platinum/palladium prints.

Zeiss will give a free, public talk about her work Monday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m. in the Center for the Visual Arts Haigh Auditorium.

A native of Midland, Mich., Zeiss majored in art at Delta College, received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Michigan and a master of fine arts degree from Central Michigan University.

She is a graphic arts designer for the Clarke Historical Library in Mount Pleasant, Mich., and also teaches photography at the University of Michigan Flint Campus, Delta College and Saginaw State University.

The free, public exhibit can be seen daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Clement Gallery.

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