Lecture: George Dimock, The Poetics of Incongruity in the Photographs of Lucinda Devlin
Mar 23, 6pm - 7pm
Dr. George Dimock, Associate Professor of Art History, UNCG, will discuss the exhibition, Lucinda Devlin: Sightlines, in relation to the history of photographic postmodernism. Photography, since its inception, has played havoc with our understanding of truth and beauty as concepts in art, together and apart. Over the past forty years, Lucinda Devlin has made images that look like records of the world as given. Upon further scrutiny, they comprise a vision of troubled times looked at askance yet touched by grace.
Lucinda Devlin's photographs serve as social commentaries on timely and socially relevant issues such as personal rights, the death penalty, and agribusiness. An internationally recognized American photographer who now lives in Greensboro, Devlin began her career in the 1970s during the genesis of color photography in America. At the time, she took up not only color photography, but also the artistic approach that she continues to this day, one that emphasizes an objective or neutral point of view. Devlin also discovered her preferred subject matter: psychologically charged spaces absent of any human figures yet nonetheless signaling contemporary public and private life.
Image: Lucinda Devlin, Wheat Field, SD (detail), 2008, from the series Field Culture, inkjet print, 28 x 28 in. Courtesy of the artist © Lucinda Devlin.