Student artwork

UWL student Alex Carlson used gold-toned digital paper for one of his works being displayed in “Pendulum Sour-Salt”

UWL student Alex Carlson used gold-toned digital paper for one of his works being displayed in “Pendulum Sour-Salt” at UW-La Crosse’s Murphy’s Mug through May 14.

Exhibition of classwork featured in Murphy’s Mug

Works by UWL art photography students are being exhibited in Murphy Library. The work includes pieces from two photography classes.

“Out of the Blue” will display photographs of unexpected color and things out of place taken by students in the Photography and Imaging I class.

“Pendulum Sour-Salt” will feature works by students in ART 476- Experimental Photography.

The exhibition can be viewed in Murphy’s Mug through Tuesday, May 14. Hours are 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and 4-10 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

Student exhibit in Murphy's Mug.
Student exhibit in Murphy’s Mug.

UWL Art Associate Professor Linda Levinson says the students in her Experimental Photography class were encouraged to experiment with techniques to make the images.

“These include image-capture, non-narrative sequencing, non-silver processes, using the photograph as a sculptural object, collage and many other possibilities beyond the conventional representative photograph,” says Levinson. “In the process of experimentation students enter into unintended and surprising areas of the imagination.”

The students exhibiting in “Pendulum Sour-Salt” and information about their works:

Alyssa Sachs

1 woman shown twice on each side of the frame and a background blur of a person walking.
An eight foot long photograph is captured by Sachs.

Alyssa Sachs’ work employs a Holga which is a medium format plastic camera. She explores panoramas utilizing this camera by scanning the film and producing eight-foot long photographs. The subject in her photographs challenge expectations of time and place.

Jenna Arts

Jenna Arts’ photographs ventures into the realm of indeterminacy and moving her camera as she shoots. Her abstract images reveal conditions of light in repetitive and patterned marks.

Taryn Mills

Taryn Mills’ Keepsake Nudes are intimate objects of images taken from her friends’ Snapchat accounts and pay homage to Victorian calling cards. These photographs are not objectifications, but rather self-proclamations of intimacy.

Alec Carlson

Cyanotype image of man outside window.
The Cyanotype process is evident in Carlson’s work.

Alec Carlson’s photos blend the genre of horror films and the antiquated photographic process known as Cyanotype. The process was created by Sir John Herschel in the early 1800s by mixing potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate. This emulsion creates the hallmark deep blue color that cyanotypes are known for.

Julia Mielke

A picture of a door on fabric, with cyanotype as it's medium-producing a deep blue color.
A door is the photo subject of this piece by Mielke.

Julia Mielke’s cyanotypes on fabric demonstrate the contemporary use of cyanotype chemicals on fabric. Landscape, collage, nature, are just a few subjects that interests Julia in her photographic inquiries.

Johnny Marthaler

Johnny Marthaler writes of his work: “Here lies cyanotype prints of various work from street artists around La Crosse. As the artists’ names are unknown, the beauty of their art is not. The goal of this project was to showcase these pieces of art that some may call graffiti or vandalism. Scattered around La Crosse you can find these works on the front of garbage bins, on walls, in the alleys, and many other places. Each print has a coordinate in which you can use to find the piece shown.”