Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wittenberg's Gallery Shows Ohio Photographer

The Wittenberg University Department of Art has kicked off the 2013-14 school year with an exhibit of works by Ohio photographer Deborah Orloff, including pieces from her current body of work titled Holzwege. Located in Koch Hall on the university’s campus, the Ann Miller Gallery is currently presenting Orloff’s work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 20.

The exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Orloff will present her work in a lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Kissel Auditorium, also in Koch Hall. A reception will follow.

Using digital imaging, along with her own photography, Orloff is able to layer multiple images – in this case, photographs of landscapes and man-made pathways.

“Her work is certainly a welcome and timely metaphor for positive change, new beginnings, and the road ahead,” said Assistant Professor of Art and Director of the Ann Miller Gallery Dan McInnis.

Holzwege is the German word for wood-path. These paths meander through the woods and end abruptly; you never know where one will take you,” Orloff said. “Ultimately, the images are meant to be ethereal and optimistic, conveying the sense of wonder that exists when we open ourselves up to new possibilities and realize that change is often fortuitous.”

Orloff’s work has been incorporated in many national and international exhibitions, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Toyohashi City Museum of Art & History in Japan, the Arts Center Gallery at EAFIT University in Columbia, and the Royal Scottish Academy Gallaries in Scotland.

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