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"TWO LORIE NOVAK EXHIBITIONS: Survey of Lorie Novaks color prints and Collected Visions multi-media installation"
2001-02-17 until 2001-04-29
Center for Creative Photography
Tucson, AZ, USA

he Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona is pleased to present two exhibitions of work by Lorie Novak from February 17 through April 29, 2001: Lorie Novak: Photographs, 1983-2000, a career survey of prints recently acquired by CCP; and Collected Visions: An Installation by Lorie Novak, a multimedia project that questions how family photographs shape our memories and relationships.

Novak has long explored the nature of the snapshot and has created innovative and engaging ways to look at family photographs as representations of both personal and collective memory. Lorie Novak: Photographs, 1983-2000, organized by the Center for Creative Photography, surveys nearly two decades of the searching, resonant imagery of artist Lorie Novak. Her signature use of projected imagery to combine and challenge the role of photography in constructions of reality, memory and the self is showcased in this selection of over thirty large-scale color prints recently acquired by CCP.

In Lorie Novak: Photographs, 1983-2000, she repeatedly mines her familys own photographic history, transforming images from her childhood and related signifiers by projecting them into three-dimensional settings—from sylvan landscapes to stark interiors.

This exhibition celebrates the establishment of the largest public collection of the artists work and offers a defining overview of her influential contributions to American photography, said Trudy Wilner Stack, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Center for Creative Photography. In addition, all of Novak’s art reveals the importance and complexity of photography’s role in family life.

Collected Visions: An Installation by Lorie Novak

Music by Elizabeth Brown, software by Jonathan Meyer and sound design by Clilly Castiglia. Stories edited by Elizabeth Brown, Lorie Novak, and Neta Lozovsky. This exhibition was organized by the International Center of Photography, New York, and sponsored by Shutterfly. Additional support was provided by the New York State Council on the Arts; the NYU Center for Advanced Technology; the Eastman Kodak Company, Presentation Technologies; and Mary Virginia Swanson.

Collected Visions: An Installation by Lorie Novak presents hundreds of family snapshots collected since 1992 from over 350 people in a new multi-media exploration of this culturally significant photography that shapes both memory and identity. The images are juxtaposed with one another and combined with overlapping spoken word and music in a dreamlike environment of dissolving projected images. The experience conveys the psychological and emotional power of photographs and explores their contemporary role in our everyday lives. Two computer-driven, floor-to-ceiling, simultaneous 17-minute sequences use high-resolution digital projectors and a new high-quality streaming media system created specifically for the project by Jonathan Meyer. Elizabeth Browns original music is mixed with recorded voices of people speaking about their family photographs. Novak said, What I see in these photographs are the dreams, disappointments, joys, tensions, stereotypes, and myths of modern culture.

Novak encourages visitors to participate in Collected Visions on the Web http://www.cvisions.cat.nyu.edu and during three Collecting Days at CCP when visitors can add to the project by scanning snapshots and/or writing stories about their photographs. The website has over 2,000 snapshots in a searchable database and 150 stories posted in a virtual gallery and museum. Collected Visions on the Web will also be accessible at a computer station in the CCP gallery.

Collected Visions: An Installation
by Lorie Novak, 2000.
Computer-based installation.
Projected images 8.5 x 11 feet each,
view from ICP installation.
Courtesy of the artist.

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