Photomontage Takes Center Stage at Moody Gallery

  • March 6th, 2019

The exhibition of 58 photographs by the acclaimed innovator of the technique of photomontage opens March 21 and runs through May 3.

Confluence by Jerry Uelsmann

These black-and-white photographs, produced from 2014 to 2017, are inspired by Uelsmann’s friendship with European art history scholar Dr. Moa Petersen, who is writing his biography.

Jerry Uelsmann, The Somnambulist's Dream, 2014, gelatin silver print, 30 x 24
Jerry Uelsmann, “The Somnambulist’s Dream,” 2014, gelatin silver print, 30 x 24

Uelsmann’s photographic process has changed little in the years since his 1967 solo show at the Museum of Modern Art. By using multiple enlargers and masking and dodging techniques, he creates seamless composite negatives.

“I try to create things that are authentically who I am. I’m inner-directed. I invent a reality that’s more meaningful to me — and hopefully to others — than the world we see with our eyes.”

Born in Detroit in 1934, Uelsmann received his BFA degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1957 and his MS and MFA at Indiana University in 1960. He began teaching photography at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1960 and became a graduate research professor of art at the university in 1974 until his retirement in 1997. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Uelsmann received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1972.

The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, located at 103 Garland Hall, is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the department of art and art history.

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