Lost and Found

In every educational setting there are things that get left behind and are then collected in a “Lost and Found” box, bin, shelf, etc. In-Sight is no different in that regard. But in our “Lost and Found” there is not the familiar mitten, water bottle, or sweater. Instead we have photographs, negatives, and contact sheets. A lost image of a cat, or a friend lounging in a hammock, or just an abandoned experiment.

These images that have been left behind give us a view into the eyes of the photographer and what they choose to point the camera at. They also show us the process that goes into making a photograph. We see the negatives, the unedited beginning of the analog photographic process. We see the successes and the failures, the blank images, the difficulty of developing the film, the chemical stains, and the experimentation.

In the end, from what was lost we have now found a new way of looking, through the perspective of an In-Sight student, and an interesting look at the process involved in their visual and technical learning.

Born At Dawn: Jon Notwick

 Installation shot of the Tiny Gallery

Installation shot of the Tiny Gallery

In-Sight Photography Project’s Tiny Gallery hosts a solo exhibit titled Born At Dawn by photographer Jon Notwick.

“A new project that examines the loss of a close friend, the grieving process, and appreciating the people and places that keep me going.”

Jon has been either a volunteer or AmeriCorps VISTA member at In-Sight since 2012. He will be leaving In-Sight this summer to work on his MFA at the University of South Florida.


2017 Juried Exhibition in The Tiny Gallery

 Installation shot in the Tiny Gallery.

Installation shot in the Tiny Gallery.

A few months ago, In-Sight put out an open call to the national photographic community. We received over 100 images from artists all over the country. These images were given to our esteemed juror, Bruce Myren.

Bruce Myren, director of the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, chose twenty photographs to appear in our physical gallery and an additional ten photographs to appear in the online portion of this exhibition. Photographers from around the country are represented in the exhibition including In-Sight alumni and volunteers. This exhibition includes a variety of photographic styles and approaches.

Exhibitions in the Tiny Gallery serve as opportunities for In-Sight students to showcase their work and learn from practicing artists who show in the space.

Included artists:

Frank Armstrong

Kaitlin Botts

Rachael Warriner

Brendan Bullock

Andrés de Varona

Alex Djordjevic

Kelly Fletcher

Anna Graziosi

Courtney Kennemur

Katie Kohnfelder

Taylor Mathues

Karen Meritt

Sam Ogden

Nathan Pearce

Kiera Reese

Emily Evans Sloan

Lindsay Stevens

Sally Tetzlaff

Samantha Twardy

Judith Walgren

Noelle Van Hendrick

Michael Amato

Marilyn Chiarello

Marek Jagoda

Joshua Littlefield

Jennifer Pryslak

Corey Armpriester

COSMOS: Marcus DeSieno

 Installation shot of the Tiny Gallery

Installation shot of the Tiny Gallery

“Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.” Pascal

From the infinitesimally small microscopic life to the near-infinite number of galaxies and stars, the incomprehensible size of the spectrum of the universe defies human logic and understanding. The term “cosmos” is defined as “the universe understood as an ordered system.” But how can we make sense of, and create a system of logic for, a field too vast for us to comprehend? This body of work probes the immense scale of the universe as the microscopic and macroscopic coalesce into an art object. Invisible microscopic bacteria are grown onto photographic film of appropriated images from the far reaches of outer space. The bacteria are swabbed from locations both ubiquitous and exotic, as I try to find a variety of microscopic life from the most unlikely places. A layer of chemistry is then applied to the surface of the photographic film to act as a breeding ground for the bacteria. As the bacteria grow and multiply, the interact with the film, altering it, stripping away color layers, and texture. I scan the bacteria-laden film in order to create the final prints and, in the process, kill this microscopic ecosystem. This whole series is a performative act of simultaneous creation and destruction, a notion tied to the very fabric of existence itself. One end of the cosmic spectrum devours the other. The real devours photographic representation. The nature of photography is called into question as the bacteria eats away the image into material abstraction, demolishing the pictorial, and freeing the photo-object from the burden of depiction. The conventional use of the photographic film is subverted and manipulated by the unforeseeable forces of nature as the work ultimately interrogates the material possibilities of photography. - Marcus DeSieno


2017 Staff, Volunteer, and Board Member Exhibition

During the month of March, the Tiny Gallery at In-Sight featured work by the talented staff members, volunteers, and board members who work hard behind-the-scenes to make In-Sight what it is. These people, who are talented artists, are dedicated to the mission at In-Sight. 

Featured artists: 

John Willis, founding director and board member

Nancy Storrow, board member

Jon Potter, board member

Jadian Bryan, work-study

Jon Notwick, Americorps VISTA

Asya Dubrovina, volunteer instructor

Cliff Goldthwaite, volunteer instructor

Robert F. George, volunteer

Katie Kohnfelder, site manager

Zachary P. Stephens, program director


The above video by Asya Dubrovina.