Space, Place and Time
photographic work by Jay Gould
June 10 - July 25, 2015
Opening Reception & Celebration of PhoPa co-director Bruce Brown's 75th Birthday
Saturday, June 13, 4-6pm
About the Work
“Don’t get too near that leak. You wouldn’t want to wind up in the other universe, would you?”
Kurt Vonnegut’s repeating character Kilgore Trout took to calling mirrors “leaks,” as he believed they were a connection to another universe. While to many this might seem like typical Vonnegut absurdity, to me it has always been a reminder of the way our imaginations can run wild when presented with curiosities, and science presents us with strange and provocative curiosities all of the time.
Space, Place and Time is an exhibition combining photographic and sculptural works from a variety of projects that explore and meditate upon the complex reality that underpins our existence. The work seeks to balance the exhaustion of attempting to photograph a reality that is often theoretical, ineffable, and inaccessible by embracing a degree of poetic license that comes from working with currently unknowable paradoxes and the great expanse of distance and time.
I truly believe that most of us look to science in a similar way that we seek art, not for cold calculation, but instead for a story, something to challenge us, and a new mystery for our minds to unravel. In my work, I reveal stories based on science that exists beneath the surface of our visible reality and ask viewers to share in my sense of discovery, absurdity, and emotion.
About the Artist
Jay Gould is an artist and a member of the faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Gould received his B.F.A. in photography from the University of Wisconsin and his M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art & Design. His work, which integrates scientific topics into installation and constructed photographic projects, has won numerous national awards, such as the Berenice Abbott Prize for an emerging photographer, the Jeannie Pierce Award, the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Festival, and First Place at the Newspace Center for Photography's International Juried Exhibition. Gould's work is widely exhibited around the country, making solo and group exhibition appearances at the Fridman Gallery in NYC, the University of Notre Dame, The Julia Dean Gallery in Los Angeles, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Bates Collge Museum of Art, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Gould is also a longtime member of the faculty at the Maine Media Workshops and is currently serving as the Chair of the Society for Photographic Education's Mid-Atlantic region.