Rowan University Art Gallery

Extended Realities: The Language of Photomontage

Opening Reception: October 17th, 5:30 - 7pm

Showcasing an expanded framework for photographic images, Rowan University Art Gallery presents the work of nationally-recognized artists who create unique perspectives using montage techniques. The exhibit runs from October 14 to November 16, 2013. A public reception is Thursday, October 17 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.


Curated by Stephen Perloff, editor of Photo Review magazine, "Extended Realities: The Language of Photomontage" includes approximately 40 images representing work by modern photomontage pioneers Jerry Uelsmann and Duane Michals, and contemporary artists from Maggie Taylor and Joe Mills to Fran Forman and Frank Rodick. Paul Cava, Francesca Danieli, Catherine Jansen and Dominic Rouse are also featured.

"From its earliest years, photographers have sought to overcome the limitations of making images from a single exposure, to adapt the picture-making strategies of printmaking, drawing, and painting, and to claim an equal place for photography among the fine arts," Perloff notes.


Photomontage - the combining of two or more photographic images into one - has been one strategy for achieving this goal. It was used in the 19th century by such practitioners as Oscar Gustave Rejlander and Henry Peach Robinson, and was popular in the early 20th century among the Dadaists and Surrealists as well as Russian Constructivist artists and Modernist photographers. In the latter part of the 20th century, photomontage was revived by a number of photographers, most notably by Uelsmann, and used by Michals as one of several modes for extending the photograph beyond a single image in black-and-white rectangle. More recently, contemporary artists have employed the technique for everything from documentary image-making and whimsical constructions of reality to modern-day surrealism and explorations of personal history.