Transformer Station Shows Tom Persinger's Perspectives on Photography


[image-1]In conjunction with its current exhibition, UNFIXED: The Fugitive Image, Transformer Station hosts a Gallery Talk and performance by Tom Persinger at 3 p.m. this Sunday, April 3, the final day to view the exhibition.

Tom Persinger is a Pittsburgh-based artist, writer and founder of F295, an international organization of photographers sharing a mutual interest in conceptual approaches to photographic processes and techniques. Persinger will discuss his artistic practice and work, including Past, Future and Present, a triptych installation he created for UNFIXED.

“With Past, Future and Present, Persinger deconstructs the life cycle of the medium,” explains Transformer Station Gallery Manager Danielle Meeker. “In Past, the developer has already been fixed in the dark blue of cyanotype, while the site of a potential photograph is outlined in Future. Present, which has been sensitized with chemicals but not yet fixed, will slowly darken from sulphur yellow to grey as it reacts to the gallery’s light levels. The large ‘fugitive’ work invites infinite contemplation, as it changes constantly in minute ways. In the artist’s words, ‘We can empty ourselves into the abyss, yet it is never full.’”

Tom Persinger elaborates: “Past, Future and Present deconstructs the life cycle of the photograph, as if the photograph would be in three layers. The past is the accumulated residue of our life that would appear in the photograph, and how we try and preserve and try to save those moments that are really not savable. The future is the blank slate, the promising component of what might be, what we might experience. The present is the largest of the three pieces, and it’s continually changing. It is a piece that always exists in its entirety – always complete, but it will be different tomorrow and the next day.”

He continues: “So the viewing experience invites the viewer to a contemplative experience of perception, a tangible experience of being. The piece blurs the line between photography and painting. At first you may not be aware that you’re looking at a photograph, but it is entirely photographic. It is a photograph in a way that can only be experienced in its corporeal state. These photographs enable the viewer to bring to bring themselves to the experience, to lose themselves, to become immersed in, to have an experience of contemplation and perception. And to be aware of that happening.”

UNFIXED: The Fugitive Image features artists who explore the fleeting nature of life and reality through representational, photographic imagery designed to fade and deteriorate over the course of time, sometimes even just throughout the course of the exhibition.

As Heraclitus said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” Life is fleeting, and the artists in UNFIXED have chosen to embrace, and even celebrate, this temporary quality; utilizing this short-lived nature of images that are eventually destroyed by the same light that originally created them. This special exhibition features objects and images that cause us to contemplate time, memory, entropy, our own mortality and the beauty of life’s transitory nature.

UNFIXED includes work created with and without the use of a camera, in still imagery as well as video by national and international artists. Participating artists include Eric William Carroll, Françoise and Daniel Cartier, Phil Chang, Matthew Gamber, Brian Ganter, Dustin Grella, John Opera, Tom Persinger, Paul Shambroom and Luke Stettner.

Following Persinger’s talk, his work will be completed during a public performance that encloses the work in parentheses, documenting the exhibition’s duration.

In the meantime, UNFIXED remains on view at Transformer Station through April 3. Regular gallery hours are Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m., Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Additional viewing hours are available by appointment only.

(Transformer Station) 1460 W. 29th St., 216-938-5429,

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