Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester

Rochester, NY




Representations: A New Work by Joan Lyons

June 30-September 17, 2000


A 19th-century torso. A fragment of a Renaissance painting. A photo of relatives lost to the Holocaust. A billboard featuring two young male models. All are part of a new installation that reexamines the human condition. The exhibition remains on view through September 24, 2000. It consists of 79 black and white images of subjects ranging from classical works of art to contemporary mass-media images. All were photographed conventionally, scanned and output as high-resolution inkjet prints, mounted and recombined on a grid.

Fragments of historical paintings and sculpture, photographed in Europe and North America, will be installed as a salon-style grid alongside photographs of more contemporary artwork. This "wall book" plays with time, media representation and visual memory by isolating and reframing familiar images.

Joan Lyons served as editor of Artists' Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook and has collaborated in the design and production of over 400 books. She has also lectured and been a visiting artist at universities around the country, conducted workshops in the US, France and Brazil, and served on visual arts panels for such groups as the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. Lyons also holds an MFA in photographic studies from SUNY Buffalo.


Images from the exhibition "Representations: A New Work by Joan Lyons." Inkjet prints, all 15-3/4 x 23-1/2 in. or 23-1/2 x 15-3/4 in. Courtesy the artist.


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