Tom Persinger Gallery Talk: April 3

Gallery Talk and Performance April 3 at 3:00 pm

Persinger install

Tom Persinger is a Pittsburgh artist, writer, and founder of F295, an international organization of photographers interested in conceptual approaches to technique and process in photography. Persinger created a triptych installation for “UNFIXED: The Fugitive Image” called PAST/FUTURE PRESENT. With this work, Persinger deconstructs the life cycle of the medium. In Past, the developer has already been fixed in the dark blue of cyanotype, while the site of a potential photograph is outlined in Future. Present, which has been sensitized with chemicals but not yet fixed, has been changing slowly throughout the course of the exhibition, evolving from canary yellow to green to bright blue and darkening to blue-grey. The large “fugitive” work invites infinite contemplation, as it changes constantly in minute ways. In the artist’s words, “We can empty ourselves into the abyss, yet it is never full.”
On April 3rd, the last day of the exhibition, Persinger will return to discuss his work and artistic practice and fix Present with a public performance that encloses the work in parentheses, a record of the exhibition’s duration.