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Seltzer Photography Exhibition 'Slipping' into OWU Gallery

April 10, 2000

[ 'Slipping Man' Artwork Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ohio Wesleyan's Department of Fine Arts presents Slipping Man, an exhibition of hand-manipulated photographs by David Seltzer, opening April 13 and on display until May 12 in the Lynn Mayhew Gallery of Humphreys Art Hall on the OWU campus.

As OWU Professor of Fine Arts Justin Kronewetter describes, the work in this exhibition will be remarkably different than that of recent years. He explains that Seltzer's work is hand manipulated and altered from what the original negatives look like, with the hand of the artist being "more evident."

David Seltzer's photographs are large scale black and white compositions of negative and positive images. They have a "layered quality," resulting from such techniques used to re-surface the images as scratchings, marks, erasures, cuts and gouges. He photographs the people and situations that are part of his environment and memory. These memories remain until an ordinary but unexpected event causes shifting -- slipping -- and release of them in extraordinary ways. And while the unaltered landscape photography of Ansel Adams is beautiful to many people, "there are," says Kronewetter, "other types of good photography."

Will everyone viewing this exhibition like or appreciate it? Kronewetter doesn't expect that, for it is, as he says, "far removed from the traditional standard, and some people may not have the training to put it in context. Our obligation on a liberal arts campus such as ours is to offer a broad spectrum of art to people."

"The worth of an image is its staying power and strength of the concept in the eyes of the viewer," says Kronewetter. Sometimes the art may not be pretty or enjoyable, but it raises questions and challenges the viewers. "We must make the effort to understand and appreciate the artistry of the artist."

The exhibition is sponsored by the Marion Parson Alden Endowment Fund for Visiting Artists, the Cygnet Foundation, and the PBP Foundation of New York, Inc.

A reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 13, and a gallery talk by David Seltzer will be presented at 3:10 p.m. on April 14, both in the Lynn Mayhew Gallery of Humphreys Art Hall, 60 South Sandusky Street in Delaware. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-5 p.m., closed Saturday. For additional information, call 740-368-3600.