Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 1, 2013
You’ve got just a few more days to see the intriguing exhibit “Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive.”
For the first time in its storied history, the venerable Ransom Center let a group of contemporary artists delve into its world-renowned photography collection and cull an exhibition from the more than 5 million photos.
Lakes Were Rivers — an Austin-based photographers collective — paired their own photographic artwork with material they each culled from the center’s vast holdings, making surprising connections between historical photographs and contemporary art photographs.
Barry Stone, for example, manipulates his digital landscapes by randomly rearranging a file’s digital code, a process he calls “data-bending” that results in visual distortions. Stone paired his contemporary digitally manipulated photographs with Alvin Langdon Coburn’s 1917 “Vortograph,” an abstract photo created by shooting through fractured, prism-like lens.
“Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive”
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Thursday until 7 p.m.), noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Ransom Center, University of Texas campus, 21st and Guadalupe streets