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The Gallery is only available for educational purposes to WWU faculty, staff, and students by appointment.
No outside visitors are permitted on campus during the Fall quarter.
Appointment hours are available from September 23 through November 20, 2020 during the following days/hours:

Mondays: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 1 - 5 p.m.
Thursdays: 12-4

If you are a faculty, staff, or student interested in setting up an appointment to visit the Gallery, please email Tami Landis.

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Payton Dickerson, Photography

a row of white cabinets with photographic equipment on the counter above
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:00pm
Online Event/Virtual



Payton Dickerson is unavailble at this time. Please join us for Joel Aparicio's talk on photography, which has been rescheduled for 12 p.m.

Artist Statement

Modernism attempted to portray a powerful utopia through rigid ideals that dictated our culture. These ideals can be represented in the architecture we inhabit and the institutions we gain knowledge from, creating an illusion that the modern way is the only way. Photography in the digital age blurs the categorizations previously put in place in the modern era and assumes a post-modernist role of a democratic technology by returning to its origins as a form of documentation. By creating images using digital technologies that highlight the physical features of Western’s Art Department, I recontextualize the previous model of distributing knowledge through categorized institutions in terms aligned with our current landscape.

Through appropriating modernism’s use of the grid, the images function on two planes: the physical and the abstract, allowing for a dichotomy between readings that look outward to the world while also reflecting back into the frame. The physical nature of the images as uniform units of lockers and display cases represents modernity’s goal in enforcing power and homogeneity, while the abstract allows for an interpretation that extends beyond the image. A reading on how these rigid ideals have dictated the spread of knowledge through formulaic institutions and what may be their future in our current time that embraces difference and fluidity. The result is an image that creates a moment of frustration by being unable to be grasped as a whole and being seen as the truth of the past, but simultaneously allowing for calmness in the reinterpretation of the past to fit the whole present.

Image: Darkroom Enlargers, Western Washington University Art Department, Bellingham, WA. Photographic construction / 36 x 92.5 in.

Artist Talk Series, Fall 2020

This fall the Western Gallery will be showcasing the culminating work of the 10 Bachelor of Fine Arts ("BFA") artists from the 2020 Spring cohort in the exhibition "In-Site: A New Realism." Due to the pandemic, this exhibition was postponed from the spring quarter to the fall of 2020. We are pleased to install the dynamic bodies of work that exemplify the perseverance of the artists during a challenging final spring quarter.

The week of Oct. 5, the exhibiting artists will give talks accessible via Zoom and Facebook Live. We invite the community to join these virtual presentations. We will host a Q & A with the artist in the gallery as part of the presentation. To join us for the talks, please register for the talks by selecting any of the events listed on this page. Each event will have a registration link.