New Exhibit Opening at The Miller Center for Visual Arts

Opening Reception with the Artist on Friday, September 7, 2012

URBANA, Ohio (September 4, 2012) - A new exhibit, “Presence: Photographs by Daniel McInnis”, will be on view at the Miller Center for Visual Arts on the campus of Urbana University, from September 7 through October 20, 2012, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. The Opening Reception for the exhibit with the artist is on Friday, September 7, 2012 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. There is no charge for either the Opening Reception or the exhibit, but donations to the Miller Center for Visual Arts are welcome.

Daniel McInnis, assistant professor of art at Wittenberg University, received his BFA in Film and Photography from Ithaca College in 1992. His senior thesis was a 16mm documentary film about the life of Space Shuttle Challenger astronaut Ron McNair entitled, “Rendez-Vous”.

He received his MFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1995. His MFA thesis exhibition entitled “Caution-Warning-Danger” utilized the semiotics of industrial warning labels, photographic multi-media and modern iconography to confront the oppositions between fear, death, science, religion, and sexuality.

Dan taught as an assistant professor at Ithaca College from 1997-1999 where he continued work on digital collages involving the sociological and ethical implications of cloning and eugenics. From 2000–2003, he lived in the United Arab Emirates where he taught as an assistant professor of photography for the Department of Visual Communications at The American University in Dubai. Here he began a long project photographing black and white landscapes using the minimalist work of Harry Callahan and Hiroshi Sugimoto as inspiration. This international photographic survey, entitled “Balance” was exhibited twice in Dubai, at the University of California at Berkeley (2003), at the Brooklyn Collective Art Gallery (2006), and recently at Wittenberg University’s Ann Miller Gallery.

In 2003, he moved to New York where he taught for the Department of English at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and in the Department of Photography at the School of Visual Arts. At SVA, he conducted courses in black and white craft and fashion photography.

His new project entitled “Presence”, is a series of 8 x 10 portraits captured using an 8x10 field camera and color film.

“My current portfolio documents the tension between full-body portraiture and the subjects’ indigenous spaces. I use the term “indigenous” loosely as most of the subjects are photographed in their own neighborhoods, while a few are in spaces that have symbolic meaning to them alone,” explains the McInnis.

“The attempted balance between a photograph of a subject and how much of the surroundings should be included, leads to a perceived dichotomy between two areas: competition for attention and a subtle revelation of clues to the subject’s chosen community and environment. These images are not so much an attempt at intimacy, but rather a celebration of variation, exploration of choice (locality, clothing), and a consideration of personal detail captured with the abilities 8x10 film and view camera.”

The artist will talk about his portraits and have the camera that he used for these portraits on display during the opening reception. For more information contact Mark Chepp, Director, at 937-484-1272 or visit www.urbana.edu .

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