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Jay Wolke: Past, Present, Future

Jay Wolke
Past, Present, Future

Slemmons Gallery at Epiphany Center for the Arts

November 4, 2022 to December 17, 2022

For the exhibition Past, Present, Future, artist Jay Wolke took a decidedly experimental approach to making photographs with the Al Vista panoramic camera. Borrowed from the Rod Slemmons Camera Archive, the Al Vista was made by the Multiscope & Film Corporation around 1900. It was intended to give the amateur photographer the ability to photograph grand landscapes on location, such as mountain ranges, fleets of ships or a whole city. Instead of using this camera as intended however, Wolke repurposed this instrument to record abstract “landscapes” made in the studio. His intention is to merge analogue with digital, choreographing film exposures that utilize multiple semi-transparent backdrops and lighting effects in tandem with moving elements. The unique, spring-loaded, 180-degree shutter mechanism was exploited to evoke filmic artifacts, while other, digitally created forms create a transformative marriage between 19th and 21st Century technologies.

Past, Present, Future 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.

RSVP for the free opening reception on Friday, November 4th from 6 to 9pm at the link below:

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


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