Art History 2 – (in)Voluntary Memories

On February 23rd, 2017, I attended a gallery titled “(In)Voluntary Memories” Showcasing the work of Alysia Kaplan.

Kaplan is a photographer who sees photography as very personal stories from the point of view of the photographer and the point of view of the viewer, which is how she views her own work. Kaplan works with many different types of cameras from standard cameras commonly used today, old projectors, and even 16mm film.


Kaplan uses older filming and photography techniques to achieve an older looking style, which keeping the content itself modern. Her works in the gallery were black and white except for a set of photographs which were in color. There was a projector projecting a strange projection containing what looks to be faces, clouds, and lines which, to me, resemble tire tracks. This seems to be the greatest example of Kaplan’s ambition as an artist as it brings up many questions and many interpretations can be made.


Kaplan’s gallery was a showcase of her perspective on the concept of memories which is a topic she has been interested in ever since she returned to her hometown and felt disconnected from a place which held many memories for her. The major idea of many of her pieces is the idea that memories can be manipulated as you grow older, and how when we remember memories it is always more a memory of what we put in and got from the even in question. Kaplan’s art is very Post-modern as it has no single truth to it and brings more questions than answers about intent and what the viewer feels when looking at the art in question, the latter being what Kaplan strives to achieve more than anything else.

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