Can we still trust photography to tell the truth? Vanessa Marsh and Sean McFarland address this issue with separate suites of non-traditional photographic artworks in an exhibition, “Dreams of the Darkest Night,” opening next week at the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis.
A panel discussion is planned at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the gallery in Nelson Hall (formerly the University Club). The exhibition will open at 5:30 p.m.
Marsh uses sophisticated photograms (photographs made without a camera) to create a sense of dread by showing varieties of calm before the storm. A tacit sense that everything is going wrong permeates her work, as viewers see at people packing up cars, or staring into the distance, perhaps anticipating invading troops or a gigantic storm.
McFarland’s suite of landscape photographs, many of which are almost completely dark, also attempt a maximized emotional disturbance with a minimized visual universe.
Also on display will be “Bruce Guttin: Headwear Improvisations by a Sculptor.”