On view: Sept 8 – Oct 7, 2018
Daily hours: Tuesday through Sunday 12-5
The exhibition Touching Pictures features recent photo-based work by Kristine Thompson that examines how images of death, violence, and mourning circulate publically. The works featured engage photographic imagery in a tactile manner in order to question when and how pictures might elicit empathy.
The project Images Seen to Images Felt consists of photograms (one-of-a-kind prints) that are made when the artist presses light-sensitive photographic paper up to her computer screen in the darkroom. They are direct impressions of images that she has collected from a range of online newspapers. Collectively, these prints become a kind of archive of ongoing violence and the grieving that follows. The amount of pressure that she applies as the photographic paper makes contact with the screen determines whether the elements in the photos appear crisp or more ghostly. She installs these prints in clustered groupings so that formal and emotional connections can be made between images that might not otherwise be considered in the same context. Thompson turns these virtual photos into tangible prints to advocate for a slowed-down, more deliberate way of viewing these individuals and circumstances.