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Aron Gent
Shur Shot

Slemmons Gallery

July 15, 2022 to August 27, 2022

The newest exhibition taking place in Slemmons Gallery as part of The Chicago Cluster Project showcases the work of artist and gallerist Aron Gent. Shur Shot combines Gent’s experience as a professional printmaker with the project’s mission, to make historical cameras accessible by engagement with contemporary Chicago educators.

The Chicago Cluster Project revolves around old cameras, the devices that helped us capture the world before it was digitized. Unlike electronic and digital devices, the mechanical equipment has the ability to operate decades after it’s no longer in use. For this exhibition, Gent photographed cameras from The Rod Slemmons Camera Archive, and created surprising, contemporary interpretations of them using Epson ink on watercolor paper. Rod Slemmons’ cameras are portals, apertures to the past, with the ability, in the hands of artists and educators, to see into the future. The key to this lies in fostering education and creativity, something Gent has done for over 10 years in the Chicago community. As a whole, this collection serves as a window to analog photography approaches and processes, and provides an opportunity to slow down the flow of time, before the shutter stops everything.

Shur Shot is part of an ongoing series of photography exhibitions in Slemmons Gallery in which contemporary photographers use antique cameras from the Rod Slemmons Camera Archive to create new bodies of work. This series is offered in partnership with The Chicago Cluster Project.

Register below to attend the free opening reception on July 15 at 6 p.m.

For more information or to schedule a viewing appointment, please email


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