Filter Photo is pleased to present Mount Analogue a solo exhibition of work by Millee Tibbs.
"Landscape is a highly-charged symbol at the service of specific ideologies, representing the projected identity and desires of those who use it. While it can produce delight in the viewer, it can also naturalize power relations, and erase history and legibility. I am drawn to it precisely because of this duality.
My current work combines landscape photography and darkroom sleight of hand. Using photographic images of mountains as a surrogate for the sublime experience, Mount Analogue explores the paradoxical relationship between photography, which can only represent what is in front of the camera’s lens, and the ineffable nature of the sublime experience. Using a single negative and multiple exposures in the darkroom, I create illusory abstract geometries that overlay and redefine my romantic mountains photographs. Through this process, I examine the mind’s attempt to rationalize and tame that which exceeds the limits of perception.
The formal strategies I employ in this work are informed by Modernist Op Artists who used abstraction to challenge the nature of vision. Like them, I am interested in the space between what we see and what we know. I employ these visual phenomena through photography, a medium intrinsically tied to optical vision."
Millee Tibbs’ work derives from her interest in photography’s ubiquity and the tension between its truth-value and inherent manipulation of reality. Tibbs is an Associate Professor of Photography at Wayne State University. She holds an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the recipient of two MacDowell Colony fellowships, as well as multiple national and international artist residency awards. Her work has been published by the Humble Arts Foundation, NYC, and the Aperture Foundation, and is held in the permanent collections of the George Eastman Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the Chrysler Museum, and the RISD Museum.
This exhibition is partially sponsored by The Illinois Arts Council Agency and a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.
Exhibition Dates: February 19 – March 20, 2021
Opening Reception: February 19, 6 – 9 pm
Location: Filter Space | 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday | 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday | by appointment