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Married couple displays art in gallery

Let the art speak for itself.

‘Just Suppose’ art exhibit, located on the first floor of the VSU Fine Arts Building, hosts work by Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor. Uelsmann and Taylor are a couple from Gainesville, Fl. who have genuinely paved their way through the art industry.

 “It is a fantastic opportunity for the students, faculty and members of the community to learn from two true masters of their craft,” professor and Fine Arts Gallery Director, Julie Bowland, said.

Jerry Uelsmann is a well-known artist who has been creating art for over 50 years. The medium in which he is known for is photography and he has done numerous things to shape what is today’s photography.

 “Our students read about him in the art history books,” Bowland said.

According to Bowland, Uelsmann’ work set the stage for what photography artists strive for today.

“His work could be described as surreal photo montages of dream-like imagery,” she said. “However it is all done in traditional black and white darkroom processing with multiple negatives and enlargers. You might say he was doing Photoshop before Photoshop existed.”

Uelsmann’s work has been in several museums including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, The National Galleries of Scotland and many more.

Maggie Taylor is an artist who unlike her husband, works generously with programs like Photoshop and other computer illustrator programs.

“Maggie Taylor, on the other hand, is very fluent in Photoshop and her computer generated illustrations are also very surreal and dreamlike in nature,” Bowland said.

Taylor uses object such as toys and tintypes found online or in flea markets for her works. Instead of taking photos of people, she recycles unclaimed 19th century photographs with unidentified subjects.

Taylor’s works have been shown in many museums throughout the U.S. including: The Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Fl., The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas in Austin, Tx., The High Museum in Atlanta, Ga. and many more.

The exhibit began Oct. 17 and will run until Nov. 3.

“This is a very important show for us, but I also think it will be one of our most popular and well-liked exhibitions,” Bowland said.

Uelsmann and Taylor will also be keynote speakers at the Georgia Art Education Association Conference hosted by VSU’s Department of Art. The conference will take place from Nov. 1- 4.


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