Art assistant professor exhibits at Georgia’s Mercer University

November 19th, 2014 Comments Off on Art assistant professor exhibits at Georgia’s Mercer University

work in "Anti-Local" by Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon

work in “Anti-Local” by Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon


“Domestic (In)Congruence” by Mark Schoon and Dominic Lippillo will be on exhibit through Nov. 21 in the Plunkett Gallery at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. Both artists will be hold a gallery talk before the reception from 2-3 p.m. on Nov. 21.

The show features 30 color photographic works that range in scale from 4″ x 4″ to 33″ x 44″ and are the result of a unique long distance collaboration between the two artists. In a collaborative effort, the two photographers, living 1,114 miles apart (at the time when the work was created), approach their homes as the sites for exploration of domesticity. Beginning independently, one photographer creates an image of his home and sends it to the other. The recipient responds to these visual “prompts” with a photograph of his own that utilizes aesthetic decisions regarding lighting, scale, texture and color – among other factors – to find similarities and differences in his home and to make them read as a pair. In doing so the artists create a conversation pertaining to the definition, use and perception of place. Through the use of the diptych format, two images come together to form a dialogue about proximity, locality and space versus place.

Lippillo and Schoon earned their master of fine arts in photography from Ohio University in 2009. Working independently with lens-based media, they soon realized they had a shared interest in the domestic. Although they approach their solo work differently, a common sensibility could be recognized in the earlier work of both artists leading to the creation of their first collaborative effort, a collection of photographs titled, “Anti-­local.” Selections from their collaborations are included in the permanent collection of The Museum of Photographic Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; the Journal Exposure; and in the supplement of images accompanying Bruce Warren’s textbook Photography: The Concise Guide (2nd Edition March 2011). Lippillo is an assistant professor of art at Mississippi State University. Schoon is an assistant professor of art at The University of West Georgia.

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