Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Silver Eye New Works Photography Gallery Exhibit Starts Today Marilyn Waligore

New Works Gallery: March 19 – April 12, 2008. Features: Michele A. Smith of Pittsburgh, PA and Marilyn Waligore of Richardson, TX. Join Silver Eye on Saturday, March 29 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. for an artists' reception featuring Michele A. Smith and Marilyn Waligore. All are welcome and admission is free.


ARTIST STATEMENT: The Im/Materiality of the Everyday I aim to remove the hierarchical distinctions associated with different kinds of actions: the perceived lowly and mundane--personal rituals and domestic activities--and those apparently residing on the higher plane of science and technology-- laboratory research and digital processes. I photograph everyday objects that disappear. Viewed as worthless trash, recyclables to be returned to their previous “raw” state as plastics or tin, these materials have a transitory existence. The transformation of objects---the melting of discarded cans to create new form--extends concepts associated with consumption. We take for granted the plentitude of our natural resources and the potential of recycled materials, which support our place within our environment. I prompt viewers to consider their engagement in daily rituals, and its resulting impact.

BIO: Marilyn Waligore adopts digital media to investigate the everyday through a reexamination of the still life genre and its connection to women's lives. In particular she considers the relative importance of objects and their potential meaning in the context of contemporary society and culture. Marilyn Waligore received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin--Madison and undergraduates degrees in Art and in English from the University of California--Berkeley. She is a recipient of the Arts Midwest/ National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Photography, the Visual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, and the Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award. Her photographs are represented in collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, the Longview Art Museum, Texas, and the Madison Art Center, Wisconsin. She has exhibited extensively including at SIGGRAPH 2005, Los Angeles, California and traveling to Hong Kong, China, the New York Digital Salon, School of the Visual Arts, New York, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York, the Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas, and the Dayton Art Institute, Ohio. She is currently an Associate Professor of Aesthetic Studies / Photography in the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas where she directs the Photography Program. Prior to her appointment at UT-Dallas she served as an Assistant Professor of Photography and Painting at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

Silver Eye Center for Photography Gallery 1015 East Carson St Pittsburgh South Side 412-431-1810 New Gallery Hours Wednesday Noon- 6pm, Thursday Noon-8pm Friday Noon-6pm Saturday 11am - 5:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday Reserved for Education Programs. Admission is free. Silver Eye Center for Photography is the only non-profit organization in Western Pennsylvania dedicated solely to the understanding, appreciation, education and promotion of photography as an art form and as an expressive form of visual communication. Exhibiting international, national and local photographers.


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