Offsite Gallery opening reception “Missing the Mark” by John Runner
Opening reception: June 30, 5-7pm
Free and open to the public.
Join us as we welcome local photographer John Runner for his solo exhibition at our Offsite Gallery at MacArthur Center.
“Missing the Mark” is a series that explores biases and assumptions. John Runner believes we all view the world through the lens of our own baggage but if we take a moment to pay attention to the context of what we are reacting to, we will achieve a better understanding.
When Japanese students receive graded papers for feedback, all the questions receive a mark to de-stigmatize marking up the page. Different marks are used to denote correct, wrong, close, and perfect. To a western audience, the meanings of some marks may be obvious, some may seem meaningless, others may actually mean the opposite of what is expected. John Runner has used these same marks to assess large black and white photographs. These are the first enlargements he has created at this size in a darkroom, which was a learning experience. Runner evaluated this learning experience essentially by grading it.
Only by recognizing the context of the marks can the viewer discern their true meaning. For those that fail to do so, they will be “Missing the Mark”.
Save the date: Photo Talk and Walk July 15, 1-3pm