Perspective Gallery presents Donna Wesley Spencer | Sandra Ullmann
September 5 – 29, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 5-7 p.m.
Conversation with the Artists: Thursday, September 26 at 7 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public.
A Southern Diary | Donna Wesley Spencer
Donna Wesley Spencer started working on “A Southern Diary” six years ago when she realized that all of the photographs that she wanted to make were in the South – landscapes, structures, people – tthe atmosphere that only exists in the small town and rural South.
The South is an evocative place for Spencer, both because it is a fundamental part of her past and because it is a place where the layers of history and culture are still a visible presence. Nature is close and enveloping, and encounters with both people and place are often wonderfully unexpected.
The exhibition will consist of her more recent photographs and a book, A Southern Diary, which includes all of the photographs in the project as well as the reflections which Spencer made over the course of the project. The photographs in the exhibition were made in Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina and Virginia.
Route 22 | Sandra Ullmann
Sandra Ullmann’s photographs, taken along Illinois Route 22, often lead viewers to ask her what she photographed, perhaps with the hope of finding themselves on more solid ground as they try to understand what they see.
In her series, Ullmann invites viewers to bypass that urge and to play with what comes to mind. She hopes her images will raise questions about the ambiguity of seeing and about the many ways in which we see and don’t see. For Ullmann the “reality” of these images both is and isn’t what we see.
Ullmann considers each image to be a portrait expressing something that is deeply human, but wrapped up or contained. Easier to take in, she believes, are the forms that appear more gentle, loving and protective. More difficult are those that suggest fears of abandonment and isolation, the inability to see or to cry out.
Ullmann’s many years as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst have made her sensitive to the endless similarities between making art and making sense of who we are. She states, “It is clear to me that in art, psychotherapy and life, seeing requires forgetting the name, the assumption, the judgment. Seeing also demands that we tolerate the unknown; it asks that we come back again and again to look more deeply.”
The exhibition includes an artist’s book in a limited edition of eighteen copies, with twelve photographs printed by Ullmann. The book was hand bound and designed by Ed Marquand, Paper Hammer Press, Tieton, Washington.