Digital Photography and Drawings by Michael Slattery on Exhibit at USC Upstate Through Dec. 2

November 4, 2011 at 4:40 am

Michael Slattery, a faculty member of the Division of Art and Design at Bob Jones University, will have an exhibit of his digital photography and drawings on display at the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery from November 4 – December 2, 2011. The Harley Gallery, located on the first floor of the Humanities and Performing Arts Center, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. through Fri. A free artist lecture and reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Born in Louisville, Ky. in 1964, Slattery began his artistic training in his early teen years in the studio of photo-realist Mary Louise Schrodt.  From there he studied with Carl R. Blair and Emery Bopp at Bob Jones University, graduating in 1988 with an M.A. degree in studio art.  Slattery has taught art at Bob Jones University, where he currently heads the Studio Department, for more than 20 years.

Slattery’s work is a combination of photography and drawing.  Starting with photographs, he manipulates them digitally, and then rebuilds them using ink dots to create a final image that is both a reflection of his own artistic vision yet holds onto something of the original documentary quality.

“The work that I am currently doing is an interesting combination of video, photography, and drawing. While it starts out as an image based solely in technology, it ends up as something quite traditional; a collection of identical ink dots on a prepared surface that builds into an image that has some meaning. The initial image is usually one that lacks any kind of significance. It can be one that I have taken or a found image that was not intended to be a work of art by its original author. Through a series of digital steps that include manipulation, re-photographing, and further manipulation, I prepare the image for the minute editing that I will do in the rebuilding process. Each step pulls it away from its original truth. When I construct the image with the ink, I seek to purge as much of the technology from the image as possible. The original image is one that is based in fact alone. Through these steps the image moves away from this factual concept to one that is based primarily in creative concepts,” says Slattery.

Michael has won numerous awards including several best in shows at exhibitions such as the Anderson Arts Center Annual Juried Show, Artists of the Upstate Juried Show at Artisphere in Greenville, and the South Carolina Festival of Flowers in Greenwood, SC.  Michael’s work has been published in New American Paintings by the Open Studios Press, the International Drawing Annual by Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in Drawing Inspiration, a drawing textbook by Delmar-Cengage Lerning.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Michael Dickins, gallery manager, at mdickins@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5848, or Jane Nodine, gallery director, at jnodine@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5838.