'History' manipulated in new IUN exhibit

2011-11-11T00:00:00Z 2011-11-11T08:40:03Z 'History' manipulated in new IUN exhibitBy Tim Shellberg Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 11, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Artist Jennifer Greenburg will understand if viewers of her "Revisiting History" will come away feeling a little jaded despite the happy days depicted in her latest work.

"When I look at the images that I've made, I find them to be a little unsettling, both because I have manipulated someone else's memory and I'm looking at a photograph of me in a place that I never was," she said. "If somebody walked away from that being a little unsettled, I'm okay with that."

Thirteen images make up Greenburg's exhibit, which opens Monday and runs through Dec. 10 at Indiana University Northwest's IUN Gallery for Contemporary Art. She was reared in Chicago and received degrees in art from The School of the Art Institute and the University of Chicago. A former art instructor at Loyola University and Columbia College, Greenburg has served as an assistant art professor at IUN since last year.

In 2004, Greenburg debuted "The Rockabillies" in a photographic tribute to a subculture of Chicagoans immersed in 1950s fashion and lifestyle, at Chicago's ARC Gallery. The exhibit would find its way to galleries throughout Chicagoland, including a stop at IUN shortly after its ARC unveiling, and was bound in book form by Greenburg last year.

Additionally, other Greenburg works have been shown at myriad galleries throughout Chicago. Additionally, she made her way to China earlier this month to show and discuss her art.

The seeds for what would become "Revisiting History" were sewn in 2007, when Greenburg began collecting negatives of photos shot in the 1950s. Earlier this year, she created "History," in which she digitally inserted her and her family into the original shots.

"I looked at (the negatives) and said to myself 'I wish that I was in that moment,'" she said. "I imagined what the person's life would've been like and I always imagine it in a positive light ... and the only solution was to put my life into the photographs so that my life could become the fantasy that I imagined in the photographs."

A reception for "History" is scheduled for 12 p.m. Nov. 21 at IUN Gallery for Contemporary Art.

IUN Gallery for Contemporary Art is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

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