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Laurel Caryn Explores How We Record History through Photography – 29 Feb 2016

SALT LAKE CITY —Utah Arts & Museums announces History of Photography: Recent Work by Laurel Caryn, on view at the Alice Gallery from Mar. 11-May 6, 2016. A public reception will be held on March 18 from 6 – 9 p.m. in collaboration with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. The Alice Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

History of Photography: Recent Work by Laurel Caryn investigates the transformations in contemporary image culture; how we record history through photographs and how that process has been changed – and to some degree – lost, with digital technology. By combining the 19th century process of cyanotype (acrylic paint and the discarded database of art history slide images), Caryn confronts the viewer with the paradigm shift in how we record and receive visual information, the role of the spectator in that process (are we passive or complicit?), and the impact of the memory trace all photographs contain. Caryn is an Assistant Professor/Lecturer in the Art and Art History Department at the University of Utah where she teaches historical and alternative photographic processes.

“Caryn has cleverly combined her important work as a professor and artist by utilizing relics that once served as the primary tool by which students gained access to art during their studies” said Gay Cookson, director of Utah Arts & Museums. By using this canon of images, she looks at the ways we access and distribute information while utilizing their obsolescence and giving them renewed purpose.”

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