New Image Gallery

New Image Gallery features contemporary photography and new media by regional, national, and international artists. The exhibitions in New Image Gallery change at least twice per semester and are sponsored by the School of Art, Design and Art History and other partners. For information on exhibitions and related programming, please contact Corinne Diop: diopcj@jmu.edu 540.568.6485.  

Just a short walk down Grace Street from Duke Hall, New Image Gallery is located at 131 W. Grace Street in a second-floor loft space located in the former Graves Electric building that can be accessed using the entrance facing Main Street.

Regular gallery hours are held during the academic year only: WED - SAT, 11AM - 2PM. (Other times by appointment only.) For information on exhibitions and to verify hours of operation, please call 540.568.7175.

CURRENT EXHIBITION

Infinity Survival, cyanotype of paper cranes in Hiroshima

Infinity Survival, cyanotype of paper cranes in Hiroshima, 11x14", 2014, elin o'Hara slavick

New Image Gallery
After Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima
elin O’Hara slavick
Exhibition Runs January 17 – March 2, 2018

Elin o'Hara slavick is Professor of Visual Art, Theory and Practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has has exhibited her work internationally and is author of After Hiroshima and Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography. Slavick received her MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her exhibition and campus visit has support of the Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning in Action. Read more HERE. 

UPCOMING EXHIBITION
person with pink sweater over head and body next to a saw

Gina #2, 2009, From the Cozy Portrait series, Kristin Skees

New Image Gallery
Cozy Portraits
Kristin Skees
Exhibition Runs March 19 - April 16, 2018
Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat 11 - 2

March 19
Artist's Lecture 11:00am, MHAC 1011
Opening Reception 5 - 8pm/ Gallery Talk 6pm, New Image Gallery

Kristin Skees

My work combines traditional women’s craft, contemporary DIY culture, portraiture, and a love of the unexpected and absurd. The ongoing Cozy Portrait series morphs and conforms to each person I photograph. Though each one of the portraits is specific to the subject, one of the common threads explored across many of the portraits is the way we construct our identities through our home and the objects we choose to place in our private spaces.

In this series, the things we normally look for in a portrait - a person’s facial features or expression - are obscured by a knitted cozy. Everyone has basically the same body outline with the cozy. This obstruction and uniformity of the cozy asks the viewer to look longer and discover for themselves what is happening in the piece. The idea that environment and objects can construct a person’s identity is integral to the work in this series. Often I choose familiar spaces, such as someone’s home or backyard, as the backdrop for this identity study.

The cozy is custom made for each subject. Reminiscent of an ill-fitting handmade sweater, the cozy represents the fine line between comfort and constriction. It is simultaneously a warm cocoon and a claustrophobic straight-jacket. In the same way we can outfit our spaces with precisely chosen objects and fittings that bring us a feeling of comfort and security, and even construct our identity through the objects we surround ourselves with, those trappings of home can sometimes ensnare us in gilded cages of our own design.

Biography

Kristin Skees works in a variety of media, including photography, experimental fibers, digital video and installation. She has shown her work nationally and abroad, and her photographs are found in various private and public collections, including the Cohen Family Collection, the Candela Collection, the Huntsville Museum of Art and the Mobile Museum of Art. She was awarded a 2016-2017 Professional Artist Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

She has a BFA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a MFA from the University of Arizona, and an MLIS from the University of Alabama. Kristin currently teaches digital photography and video art in the Department of Fine Art and Art History at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

You can find more of her work at www.skees.net 

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