Rhyme & Reason


December provided the great privilege of showing work at a local gallery space, Old Master, in the heart of Marion. Old Master hosted a group show titled “Rhyme and Reason” with other local artists: Cherilyn Kurtz, Devin Goebel, Erin Sweigard, and Garret Langebartels. It provided a chance to show work at little to no risk to a relatively concise and art-minded group of people, so took the opportunity to breathe some new life into some work that had been at a standstill for several months.

The work was a collection of photographs taken on walks of my neighborhood. I removed all ‘crutches’ of the capture process — the LCD, Display and Auto-Metering capabilities — as well as covering up the screen as the images processed and printed in postproduction. The resulting images spanned a two-block radius of my house over several months. I didn’t feel like the work was any more than an exercise, so I brought my 3-year-old daughter with me on my walks and asked her to photograph the same places I had with an instant camera. I wanted to visually expand and manifest the exchange of experience in our relationship. I took her resultant photographs and laid them over mine, obfuscating and obscuring my images with her ‘less experienced’ images.

In the process, the camera was broken. She and I took the remaining instant film and took turns feeding the exposed film through the camera. This created a second series of instant film images and was a fun experiment in chance. It may be that a process happens a dozen times (or fifteen in our case) with a different, nuanced result each time.

Both works come from the relatively new world of parenting, a role that is an integral part of the human experience for every person in some degree or another.

Installation View

Installation View

"Rhyme & Reason", 2015, Jer and Juliette Nelsen

“Rhyme & Reason”, 2015, Jer and Juliette Nelsen

"Rhyme & Reason", 2015, Jer and Juliette Nelsen

“Rhyme & Reason”, 2015, Jer and Juliette Nelsen

"Hey Diddle Diddle", 2015, Jer and Juliette Nelsen

“Hey Diddle Diddle”, 2015, Jer and Juliette Nelsen

"Hey Diddle Diddle", 2015, Jer and Juliette Nelsen

“Hey Diddle Diddle”, 2015, Jer and Juliette Nelsen

"Hey Diddle Diddle", 2015, Jer and Juliette Nelsen

“Hey Diddle Diddle”, 2015, Jer and Juliette Nelsen

 

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