MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department and BFA Photography Department faculty member Penelope Umbrico (MFA 1989 Fine Arts) presents “Slide Show,” an exhibition featuring filtered photographs of 136 mini film cameras located in the Smithsonian Institution History of Photography Collection. Altered with the Old Style Photoshop filter and under glass display, the tagged archival pigment prints question traditional consumer culture by contrasting seemingly obsolete technology with a contemporary photo editing technique. On view at LMAX Projects, 139 Eldridge Street, through October 20.
In dialog with “Slide Show,” Umbrico’s “Mountain’s Moving Slide Show” concentrates on a singular mountain photographed by Ansel Adams, processed through 26 smart-phone camera apps and 536 filters. Umbrico’s reconstructive method offers an analog history of photography and comments on the transformative nature of the craft. With photo grain filters, pixilation and hallucinogenic colors, Umbrico’s mountains are unstable, weightless and in constant flux. On view at LMAX Projects, ongoing.
Known for illustrating the everydayness of military combat, Steve Mumford (MFA 1994 Fine Arts) presents drawings inspired by his time spent at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base after being sent on assignment by Harper’s to cover the trial of Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, the alleged bomber of the USS Cole. Mumford’s illustrations provide a window into the lives of his unseen subjects as he documents detainee environments by capturing politically haunted spaces with dim lighting. On view at Postmasters Gallery, 54 Franklin Street, October 19 through November 9.
Jason Bard Yarmosky’s (BFA 2010 Illustration) solo exhibition “Dream of the Soft Look” offers a soulful exploration of the human lifecycle as he follows his grandparents through daily routines and staged encounters. Utilizing costume and humor, the artist celebrates the tenderness of aging and the vitality of a childlike spirit. With photorealistic large-scale black and white oil paintings and film, Yarmosky draws attention to an idealized memory that often contradicts what one sees in the mirror. On view at Betrand Delacroix Gallery, 535 West 25th Street, October 3 through October 31.