Artists’ remixed images shed new light on creativity

August 23, 2012 5:43 AM

Teresa Parker-Farris

Now through Oct. 15, the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University is presenting “Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture,” spotlighting the work of 12 artists who transform commonplace visual materials into new creative expression.


Horseradish, New York Times, April 1, 2010 (ink on paper) is by artist Carter Mull. (Image courtesy of the artist and Marc Foxx Gallery)

“Strategies of redirecting, recombining, repurposing and remixing loaded visual materials pervade the creative field” today, says exhibit curator Sara Krajewski of the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Wash. Such processes are not unique to the 21st century, however. Whether Dada collages or pop art silkscreens, “The activity of image transfer has been with us throughout art history.”

Artists are freely adopting and adapting materials from myriad sources so that imagery culled from the Internet, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, television, films, personal and public archives, studio walls and other works of art are all fair game, she says.

In the exhibition, the artists demonstrate how far traditional notions of the authority and primacy of source materials have shifted toward a fluent rethinking of the way images are valued. “Image Transfer” explores questions such as, “What can these composite images tell us about the state of photography today?”

A number of events are planned in conjunction with the exhibit:

• Tulane Student Re-mixer, Aug. 30, 7–9 p.m. A night of food, music and art, free for students, who are encouraged to bring a mix-CD to the event, leave it at the welcome table, and grab one from the pile.

• Curator’s Talk with Sara Krajewski, Sept. 13, 7 p.m.

• Exhibit reception, Oct. 4, 6–8 p.m.

The Newcomb Art Gallery, located in the Woldenberg Art Center on the Tulane uptown campus, is free and open to public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Teresa Parker Farris is the marketing coordinator for the Newcomb Art Gallery in the Woldenberg Art Center.

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