Tunnel Vision

by - July 12, 2018


Tunnel Vision
Work by Frances Berry and Jenny Fine
Opening reception Friday, July 27, 7-9pm
Work on display July 27- September 2
Crosstown Arts
Crosstown Concourse, Suite 280

Artists/Friends Come Together to Present TUNNEL VISION Installation at Crosstown Arts
Frances Berry and Jenny Fine’s exhibition explores the family photographic archive

Crosstown Arts is pleased to present TUNNEL VISION, a collaborative installation that explores the family photographic archive and the space of memory. TUNNEL VISION runs from July 27 through September 2. The opening reception will be held in Crosstown Arts’ East Gallery in Crosstown Concourse (suite 280) on Friday, July 27 from 7-9 pm.

For this installation, artists/friends Frances Berry of Memphis and Jenny Fine of Enterprise, Alabama, combine the historical form of the tunnel card (a type of greeting card with a framed oval cutout in the center) with overlapping projections of still and moving imagery culled from the artists’ family archives.

Both artists studied photography at the University of Alabama under professor Gay Burke, who provided them with a similar foundation in their understanding of the photograph.

“I think the thing that has united our friendship is our mutual interest in exploring the limitations and possibilities of the photograph,” says Fine. “After all, a photograph is flattened time — a moment extracted from the present —  magically compressed down to a piece of paper that holds the place of memory. We hold dear these fading images that tell us who we are and the culture/peoples we come from. Yet, in this digital age of photography, photographs have become numbered files tucked away in the clouds that we might stumble upon.”

Berry’s grandparents were avid travelers, and her grandfather would often take photographs of gardens. Fine’s grandmother, a retired geography instructor at a junior college in southeast Alabama, left behind a vast collection of photographic slides picturing worldwide vistas she had never visited in life.

“TUNNEL VISION is our attempt to use imagery from these family archives to create a photographic memory space, not bound to the page, but an image that the viewer can step inside of,” says Fine.

Also opening on July 27 at Crosstown Arts is Art of the South 2018, an open-call, juried exhibition presented by Number: and featuring work by artists from across the South. Art of the South will be shown in the West Gallery through September 2.

Crosstown Arts is a contemporary arts organization dedicated to further cultivating the creative community in Memphis. We provide resources and create opportunities and experiences to inspire, support, and connect a diverse range of creative people, projects, and audiences.

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