The 2016 True Blue Do: Night Visions will also feature select works from two exhibitions that explore vision in unique ways: Blind/Sight, Conversations with the Visually Impaired and Stephanie Eley's Invisible to Others.
Blind/Sight, Conversations with the Visually Impaired
Blind/Sight, Conversations with the Visually Impaired, is a collection of photographs of people with vision loss, a biography of each person, a description of their vision, and an illustration of what they see. Created by photographer Billy Howard and illustrator Laurie Shock, whose lives and work are both collaborations, Blind/Sight premiered at VSA Arts of Georgia gallery and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. It was permanently installed at CVI in 2007. A copy of the original exhibit was made for the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The exhibit touches people in ways that narrative descriptions are unable to do. All of the people profiled have been clients of CVI who sought help to live with independence and dignity after facing vision loss. This exhibition allows others to experience how they see the world, through their eyes. CVI clients and their families listen to the interviews, see the photographs and illustration of their own eye conditions, and recognize that they are not alone in their quest for independence.
Invisible to Others
Invisible to Others features
hands-on creations about and for those with visual impairment.
Presented through two series of portraits, the viewer is invited to
explore imagery enhanced by luminosity as well as Braille. The second
set of portraits are intimate cyanotype, portraying those interviewed in
the making of this art. Alongside the photographs are tactile embossed
diptychs, inspired by diagnostic tools used to gauge levels of
perception. Welcoming both sighted and visual impaired, this exhibition
presents various ways to perceive art.
Stephanie Eley is a photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia where her fine art develops conversations around social activism. She has shown at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Georgia and the National Women’s Caucus for Arts organization in New York and California.