The public is invited to view an exhibit titled “Dear Family, I Love You,” by photographer Marc Tasman in the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Founders Hall Art Gallery through November 7. Tasman will deliver a gallery talk on Thursday, October 17 at 10 a.m.
“Inspired by love and loss of families in my communities, these portraits are a rich exposition of families that I am connected to through my own children and family,” says Tasman.
Tasman asked for families’ permission to come into their homes and photograph them in their favorite places. He felt it was a way to keep connected. “I feel that our families have a connection through our children’s school, through dinners or parties, but most essentially through our homes and the rooms we inhabit when we get together, socialize and play.” Images of his family portraits can be viewed on Flickr.
Tasman is an Intermedia artist who works in photography, video, performance, and networked media. He may be most well-known for his photographic endurance project which he concluded in 2009. He made a Polaroid self-portrait every day for ten years and one day--3,654 consecutive days. In 2010 he exhibited the nearly 5000 photographs at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art for the Wisconsin Triennial. This work is also featured in the book, Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice, published by Routledge Press.
In 2007 his video "Who is Stealing My Signs?" was selected for the Ann Arbor Film Festival. In 2006 Tasman was awarded a Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists. Tasman received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Photography from the University of Louisville and his Master of Fine Arts in Photography from The Ohio State University. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies and coordinates the Digital Arts and Culture Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The UW-Manitowoc Founders Hall Gallery is open to the public weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no admission cost. Call 920-683-4735 for more information or visit the Art Gallery page.