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Propeller Art Gallery Open Call for Submissions: ​ ​Reality Vanishing In Plain Sight: A Curated Show of Altered Images

Presented by Propeller Art Gallery

October 02 - October 20, 2019 12 — 6 pm
Propeller Art Gallery
30 Abell Street
Fee:  $50

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Questions of authenticity have always been at the core of photography ethos. Since its inception, artists have challenged the medium’s inherent exactitude by exploring its ability to alter and manipulate. From William Henry Fox Talbot’s Pencil of Nature to Gustave Le Gray’s use of bi-packed negatives of sea and sky in Mediterranean Sea, Sète, No. 18, (1857), to Julia Margaret Cameron’s elaborate Pre-Raphaelite constructions, photographers have embraced the medium as a conceptual art form. Consequently, photography has become defined not simply as a quotation of the world, but rather a visual reconstruction of reality—a simulacrum with a difference.

​Half a century later, John Heartfield, Man Ray, and the Russian Constructivists, forever altered by revolution and World War I, created photomontages, collages, and Rayographs that provided a new visual vocabulary for a new world, a new cognitive reading of the real.

Since the 1960s, photographers set out to anatomize, undermine, reconfigure, and deploy the photographic image, to expand the range of its signification altogether. In both digital and analogue forms, these postmodern strategies of appropriation and manipulation have led to endless expressive possibilities to create images that provide a deeper understanding.

Artists are invited to submit up to three images per submission that may have begun as simple photos but now take the viewer beyond the photographic image to unpack hidden elements and meanings. Preference will be given to works that provide rearrangement/modification of the elements of the photograph to show an artist’s vision.

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