Artist’s Works Built for the Camera

| September 15, 2011

Hollins University art professor Robert Sulkin will give a gallery talk during an opening reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 in Babcock Gallery at Sweet Briar College. Sulkin’s exhibition, “The Constructed Image,” will be on display through Dec. 4.

In his artist’s statement, Sulkin explains that he selected the photographs for the show to reflect his long-term interest in the “constructed image,” which relies on the “fixed vantage point of the camera to transform models built and tacked together” in his studio.

From an early 1990s pre-Internet series, “Circa 20th Century,” which he recently revised, there are photographs made from projected television images. “The work is full of scratched and denigrated negatives, and takes the position of an anthropologist rummaging through the heap of 20th-century culture, finding bits and pieces of evidence that determined its ruin,” he says.

Sulkin also is making social commentary in his images from “Man and Beast,” which are meant to “create a dark and ominous tone, perhaps vaguely referring to genetic engineering, animal experimentation or the general decline of culture.”

The images from “Prototypes” were created more recently, in 2009. They respond to the technology that he finds increasingly pervasive even as he comprehends it “less and less.” The photos in “Compositions” are the most recent and reflect his interest in invention.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. For more information, call (434) 381-6248 or email klawson@sbc.edu.

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