Carlson Gallery exhibits International images
April 30, 1999
Michael Ryan, adjunct professor of music, observes a photograph of
Cordoba, Portugal hanging in the Irene Carlson Gallery. The Gallery now
has on display selections from Harry Wilson entitled "Chance Documents."
They will be on display through May 21. Wilson will lecture on his work
on May 6 at 7:00 p.m. in La Fetra Auditorium.
Harry Wilson was a traveller. He has seen the likes of Poland, Nicaragua,
Spain, Czechoslovakia and China. Beautiful countries that are reflected
in Wilson's collection of photographs that are currently on display in the
Irene Carlson Gallery.
His collection of 25 images are large double exposures in accordance
with "socially-concerned and visually intelligent." They present
"diverse traditions and historical experiences which have made the
history of that region so tragic."
It cannot be said much better than that.
What is meant by double exposures is that more than one image is portrayed
in the photograph. For instance, there is a photo of the ruins of Managua
Cathedral in Nicaragua that is overlapped with a image of the Virgin Mary,
revealing both the cathedral and Virgin Mary.
Wilson is trying, rather he is succeeding in relaying subtle messages
about the nature of the historical life in Eastern Europe.
His photos are very thought provoking and invite the viewer to delve
deeper in to the image to not only distinguish the differences, but also
to extract the emotion and meaning.
According to the statement by Shelley Stone, the collection that is
displayed is a "new and poetic kind of documentary."
At 7 p.m. on May 6, Wilson will be on giving his lecture regarding his
collection. The lecture will take place in La Fetra Auditorium and admission
is free. A reception will follow the lecture. The show will be on display
through May 21.