September 24–December 27, 2015
In Being There, Professor Mark Sawrie explores the concept of human presence and experience in places of palpable ambiance through the medium of photography. His personal selections from the museum's collection will inspire viewers to develop new interpretations of images both strange and new that represent a wide range of subjects and styles. The featured photographers include John Divola, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Kenji Nakahashi, among others.
Being There is part of a new series of faculty-curated exhibitions that focus on teaching in the museum. Our goal is to capture a BSU artist and professor's point of view and to present visitors with a rare opportunity to see the collection through his or her eyes. In this case, Being There also creates an occasion to familiarize students and the public with the growing collection of photographs at the David Owsley Museum of Art.
Sawrie's selections mirror his beliefs and artistic practice, which encourages students and viewers to observe carefully and focus on the present - without electronic distractions. In his own words, "You're invited, but please don't bring your smartphone." He plans to fully integrate the museum's masterworks of photography into his classes this semester through class lectures and a student assignment that requires a reconsideration of a person or character's place within the environment. – RGL