Noelle Tan: Photographs

Fall 2010

Schmucker Art Gallery

Noelle Tan, Drawing - VIII, 2003-05,
silver gelatin print, edition of 15
16in. x 20in.

Main Gallery
October 22 - December 4, 2010
Reception: October 22, 2010, 5 to 7 p.m.
Gallery talk: October 22, 2010, noon


Noelle Tan's work challenges the customary expectations of photography and question what can be seen in a photograph. The works do not use a full palette of grays to become a "photograph." Rather, through the use of white space and black space, the subject matter and composition become difficult to discern. Scatterings of trees, people, birds, or pieces of a building, a road, a wall appear like pencil drawings or charcoal sketches rather than traditional silver gelatin prints. Tan's work is widely collected and in permanent collections such as the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, the Albright-Knox Gallery, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Corcoran Museum.