Springfield, Ohio — The Wittenberg University Department of Art presents “Balance,” a collection of black and white silver gelatin photographs that represent several years’ work by the newest member of its faculty, Assistant Professor of Art Daniel McInnis, as the first exhibition of the 2008-09 academic year in the Ann Miller Gallery.
The public is invited to attend a lecture and PowerPoint presentation by McInnis at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Kissell Auditorium, Koch Hall. A reception will follow in the Ann Miller Gallery. The exhibit will be open through Friday, Sept. 26.
From 1998 to 2004, McInnis traveled across the country and around the world photographing both familiar and obscure images in a style reflective of the minimalist compositions of Russian abstract artist Mark Rothko. The photographs are formally framed and hung symmetrically. McInnis describes the exhibit as very scientific in arrangement.
“The photographs themselves are very symmetrical, a bit of landscape and a lot of sky and clouds – each has the same form with a small image. [They are] like tiny stained glass windows in a church,” McInnis said. “Some are spaces, places people have seen before, perhaps a city sky line or a familiar tourist destination. Others offer no reference, perhaps a wheat field in the winter – but all are formally balanced and very meditative; very quiet.”
His lecture will include discussion of the current exhibit and will introduce the audience to his most recent work, which he said was two years in the making and was greatly influenced by German photographer August Sander.
“I am excited about the newer work,” McInnis said. “I use a very large camera, that carries a negative that is 8 inches by 10 inches, for portraits of people in New York City.” He noted that each subject was painstakingly selected and very carefully composed, similar to the works of Sander.
McInnis said he is excited about the university’s ongoing goals of providing more integrated and cross-disciplinary courses and expanding the international experience for students. He is also committed to ensuring that his students understand how their work represents and serves the general community and their subjects.
The Ann Miller Gallery is open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session. Exhibitions and lectures are free and open to the public.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts