Plattsburgh Two long-time friends and local artists have joined together for an exhibit at the Plattsburgh City Library which merges images of photography with the written word.
The show titled “Pull Over” is a collaborative show merging photography by Barry Lobdell and poetry by Dr. Michael Tucker. The exhibit features photographs and poems framed together. An exhibit opening and artists reception will be held on July 18 in the Hale-Walter Gallery at the Plattsburgh City Library, 19 Oak Street. The Gallery is one of seven off-sight galleries for the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts.
This is the first public showing of Tucker’s poetry.
Lobdell said he requested the library to house their project for its symbolic nature as a bastion of freedom.
“It is a real assortment of several themes,” Lobdell said. “They are all black and white photos chosen to work with Michael’s poetry.”
Lobdell said there is an “air of mystery” in the vast assortment of images from landscapes, portrait-like photos of people and more.
“There is energy between the photography and the poem that just really works,” Lobdell said. “There is a variety and everyone will find something of interest at the exhibit.”
Tucker said the pieces are about explaining the human experience by capturing very subtle moments.
“We’re not trying to be obscure, we’re trying to clarify,” Tucker said.
The words and images have been assembled from hundreds of possible combinations, with the objective of finding the synergy inherent in each combination to form a compatible and meaningful statement. On their own, each poem and photograph expresses an idea or set of ideas which the artist interpreted in his own way. Exhibited together, the pieces suggest additional ideas which are generated by their convergence.
“It is all about synergy of different kind of thoughts and explanation that is inherent in each piece, when combined it becomes more expressive,” Tucker said. “The poems are obscure, photos explain the poem and poems explain the picture.”