This exhibition is made possible through the study abroad programs of the University of New Orleans and the University of Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria.
Zita Oberwalder’s fluid and contingent photographic style results in images that hark back to a time before the digital revolution. Her works are unplugged, pure and unaltered, and have a mnemonic quality that overreaches simple didacticism. Her work is simultaneously intensely personal and disrupting to the principles of photography–Oberwalder does not photograph objects to capture or freeze them, but aims past the objects and events to focus on the ephemeral nature of the traditional art motif.
Marcus Schatz is an artist who is deeply moved by nature and naturally evolved structures. Whether he portrays the shape of lichen on a stone, follows beetle traces, or investigates the morphology of bark on a tree, it is important to him to preserve the liveliness of the origin material. Through the use of additional media such as blind embossing, serigraphy, and other materials, he is able to tap the full potential of sense perception from the interplay of surface and space as well as light and shadow.