Photo Series Paramnesia by Artist and Ohlone College Photography Instructor Naomi Vanderkindren - Louie-Meager Art Gallery

Three photos by Naomi Vanderkindren.Untitled, Gelatin Silver Prints. -Photo by Naomi Vanderkindren.
  • Exhibit runs: August 28 - September 28, 2015
  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 4:00pm in the gallery

The Louie-Meager Art Gallery at Ohlone College presents the photo series, Paramnesia, by artist and Ohlone College photography instructor Naomi Vanderkindren. The exhibition will be on display from August 28 through September 28, 2015. Ms. Vanderkindren will present a lecture on her work on Thursday, September 17 at 4:00pm in the gallery.

Ms. Vanderkindren's ongoing series, Paramnesia, takes the viewer through conflicting interpretations of reality. She utilizes historic techniques and stylistic approaches that create suggestions of old photographs. These encourage the viewer to feel connections to history, though hers is a fabricated one. On closer inspection, the viewer finds a modern world, rather than an historic one, complete with power lines and litter. In the end, the world we find in her images is one that distorts rather than informs. Like the memory disorder of the same name, Paramnesia is an ever-changing amalgamation of objective truth, expectation and fantasy. This is a world that exists only through photographic illusion.

Naomi Vanderkindren has a special interested in 19th century photographic history specifically the dry-plate glass process for creating negatives. She makes her own dry-plate negatives with similar light sensitive coatings as were first developed in 1871. "All my negatives are made from sheet glass, which is typically recycled from old picture frames and windows. The glass is then prepared with a light sensitive coating. There are anomalies that emerge from this technique, such as scratches and dust. I see them not as flaws but as an important part of the image. They are part of the history of the negative, and contribute to the overall feel and visual illusion." Vanderkindren employs a wide range of alternative methods that draw attention to photographic artifice and reveal assumptions about the medium as historic document.