Professor Eileen Neff at the Institute of Contemporary Art

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is pleased to present "Eileen Neff: Between Us." This exhibition of over thirty photographs by the Philadelphia artist Eileen Neff will be on view in the second floor gallery from September 7-December 16, 2007. Focusing on the past ten years, the exhibition traces a fascinating and critical shift from the camera to the computer. Five early works establish the foundations of Neff's photo-based practice in sculpture and painting. A video debuts a new foray into the moving image.

Donald Kuspit on Eileen Neff
"Neff structures her photographs like abstract paintings, blocking them into geometric sections that go against the grain of the blur. Each part becomes a kind of figure that can stand out against the others; focusing on one changes the figure-ground relationship. In some works the blur becomes the atmospheric background for the landscape, in others the reverse occurs.... If the blur represents unconscious feeling and the landscape self-conscious reflection, then Neff is struggling to overcome the split between reason and feeling, which T.S. Eliot called the curse of modernity."


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