Up-and-Coming Photography-Based Artist Jerry Birchfield Opens Solo Show at Akron Art Museum

Sat 3/24-Sun 9/23

This week, the Akron Art Museum opens a show by Cleveland artist Jerry Birchfield. a Cleveland Institute of Art graduate whose work was recently on view at the Transformer Station in Cleveland.

The 32-year-old artist’s photography-based work explores areas beyond traditional photography, including camera-less images, chemically manipulated one-of-a-kind prints, text and sculpture, and often recycles images from work to work. The new show Asleep in the Dust includes plaster relief sculptures and a sculptural installation in addition to recent photographs.

“Jerry Birchfield’s work challenges us to reconsider the way we look at photographs,” says Akron Art Museum assistant curator Elizabeth Carney. “We usually look for the picture and evaluate our interest in images based on their subject matter. In Birchfield’s work, lyrical abstract forms obscure or obliterate the images underlying the final composition. And when we can see parts of images, the subjects are not inherently beautiful. Beauty and meaning in Birchfield’s work emerges through the artist’s process, which transforms base materials into extraordinary objects.”

The show will be on view through Sun 9/23.



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