Wednesday, 13 August 2014

A Jerry Uelsmann artwork

Dream Theater. 2004
6 Aug 2014 | From Terri of USA

Jerry N. Uelsmann is an American photographer, and was the forerunner of photomontage in the 20th century in America. His artworks are a representation of visual poetry. His works have this surreal, spiritual and thought-provoking elements that seeks the "allegorical surrealist imagery of the unfathomable".

In a more recent work Dream Theater from 2004, Uelsmann melds rococo architecture with a florid sky, while a crow and an unseen protagonist with hands on a dictionary keep watch over a lone figure in the distance. Both images are rife with implications and imply unspoken narratives while begging the viewer to bring their own experience and interpretations to these richly textured black-and-white photos.

This Gelatin silver print (78 1/2 in. x 56 1/4 in.) is currently displayed in the Harn Museum of Art Collection as a gift of Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor.

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