Diana Jensen, Baton Rogue Polaroids, 2011, oil on linen, 12 × 24 in., courtesy of the artist
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ, 908-273-9121
September 14 - December 2, 2012
Reception: Friday, September 14, 6 - 8 PM
Picture Takers is a group show featuring artwork made from or inspired by vernacular photography. Using pictures taken by others, the ten artists in this exhibition create new narratives that explore ideas about history, memory and identity. Some find photographs in historical archives, flea markets and antique stores; others mine the vast field of stock photographic images available online. Several of the artists rely on news, social media and photo-sharing websites for their subjects. By utilizing a wide range of sources, they examine our consumption of photography and our evolving relationship to the photographic image.
The exhibition showcases an international group of artists working in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, prints, drawings and video. Participating artists include: Paul Chiappe, Willie Cole, Anne-Karin Furunes, Joy Garnett, Gail Gregg, Diana Jensen, Cassandra C. Jones, Whitfield Lovell, Penelope Umbrico and Aaron Williams.