Featuring: Mary Ellen Bartley, Peter Bialobrzeski, Markus Brunetti, Lucas Foglia, Cig Harvey, Jacqueline Hassink, Erik Madigan Heck, Pieter Hugo,Joshua Lutz, Michael Massaia, Jeffrey Milstein, Zanele Muholi, Christopher Payne, Toshio Shibata, Raïssa Venables.

“Certain photographs possess something indisputably allusive, oblique, and enigmatic. Our most poignant connection to these paradoxical images occupies part of our consciousness away from the bluntness of a direct narrative or incident. In the territory of meditative allusions, the artists in this exhibition convey their subjects without directly unveiling them.

Photography is thriving, but in a different way than before. We used to preserve our treasured paper snapshots in photo albums, but today, smartphone images have become digital ephemera. Incalculable numbers of them are taken only to be forgotten. Photography exhibitions like this give us pause to reconsider the aesthetic grandeur of a printed-out, permanent, archivable image.

In no way a conceptual concern, these rarified images are nothing if not transcendental. They have to be seen to be believed on the scale that the maker intended —seen, shared, and discussed in-person, in a world that has become increasingly virtual and illusory. This discourse, and the way we value the unique purposelessness of allusive representations, is a universal, palpable, celebratory experience.”

Dick Goody, Curator

In the Press

The Oakland Post
February 16, 2022
The OU Art Gallery’s newest exhibit “Image and The Photographic Allusion,” is now open through April 3. The exhibit features photographs taken by 15 different artists from around the world and prompts viewers to question the allusive qualities of photographic imagery. Dick Goody, chair of the Department of Art and Art History and director of the OU Art Gallery, said he curated this exhibit both to allow people to experience art in an in-person format, as well as to recognize the brilliance of ambiguity in the photographic allusion.
Detroit Art Review
February 25, 2022
The Oakland University Art Gallery opened a photographic exhibition on January 13, 2022, that will run through April 3, 2022. The curator of this exhibition is Dick Goody, Professor of Art in Oakland University’s Department of Art and Art History. Goody also serves as director of the Oakland University Art Gallery.