For more than 30 years, we’ve collaborated as J. Shimon & J. Lindemann to make photographs responding to Wisconsin as both place and state-of-mind. There’s a Place is our first museum retrospective and the largest exhibition of our work to date. It’s on view April 11- June 7, 2015 at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI.
Using contemporary and historic photographic techniques, while drawing on the history of photography, we created a somewhat melancholy body of work that stands as a record of our time. Using photography, film, sculpture, and our impulse to archive, we found meaning in the ordinary. The exhibition will contain vintage platinum/palladium prints, cyanotypes, gum bichromate prints, gelatin silver prints, tintypes, daguerreotypes, 3D stereo views, and archival inkjet prints.
MoWA produced a 120-page color catalogue, There’s a Place: A Three Decade Survey of Photographs by J. Shimon & J. Lindemann, designed by Dan Saal of Studio Saal Corporation, to supplement the exhibition. The volume contains 99 photographs and essays by art-blogger Rachele Krivichi, freelance curator Dan Leers, MoWA director of exhibitions Graeme Reid, art historian and gallery director Debra Brehmer, and acknowledgments by Laurie Winters.The plate section includes some stereo version photographs. These are shown as color, double-image photographs set against a black background. To see the 3-D effect, use a standard stereo Lorgnette viewer (see below). Stereo Realist cameras were manufactured in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 1947 to 1971 and are one of the camera types we’ve experimented with.
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PRESS & BACKGROUND
Read Museum of Wisconsin Art announcement
Read Milwaukee Magazine profile April 2015 by Claire Hanan