Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2017

Jerry Birchfield, Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2017, solarized selenium toned silver gelatin print, 16 x 12 in. courtesy of the artist

Sometimes All I need is the Air that I Breathe

Jerry Birchfield, Sometimes All I need is the Air that I Breathe, 2017, inkjet print, plaster, enamel paint, graphite, 40 x 30 in. courtesy of the artist

Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2016

Jerry Birchfield, Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2016, solarized silver toned silver gelatin print, 14 x 11 in., courtesy of the artist

Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2016

Jerry Birchfield, Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2016, bleached silver gelatin print, 20 x 16 in., courtesy of the artist

Together Again, 2017

Jerry Birchfield, Together Again, 2017, solarized silver toned silver gelatin prints, enamel paint, graphite in artist’s frame, 18.5 x 12.5 in., courtesy of the artist

Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2017

Jerry Birchfield, Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2017, solarized selenium toned silver gelatin print, 10 x 8 in., courtesy of the artist

How Great is that Darkness

Jerry Birchfield, How Great is that Darkness, 2017, gelatin silver print, plaster, enamel paint, graphite, 20 x 16 in. Courtesy of the artist

Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust

March 24, 2018 - September 23, 2018
Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery

The multimedia work of Jerry Birchfield thoughtfully investigates photographic processes and concepts. Obscuring his camera-based images with layers of darkroom processes, Birchfield calls attention to the gap between his photographs’ original subjects and the abstracted printed image that you see. The resulting gelatin silver prints are complemented by wall relief sculptures that assert the physical nature of printed photographs. By encasing photographs in plaster, Birchfield masks the images and warps the paper upon which they exist. The centerpiece of this exhibition is a site-specific installation that stages an assembly of sculptures in the gallery. Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust reflects the basic nature of Birchfield’s subjects and materials, which are often cast-off detritus of his studio activity. The exhibition highlights the transformational role of the artist in producing objects of meaning from such materials through an iterative process of framing, reproduction and display.

Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust is organized by the Akron Art Museum with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. 

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