Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Temporal Existence features the work of four artists (Wes Battoclette, Chelsea Borgman, Bill Howes, and Mark Patsfall) whose common theme is the exploration of images that stretch time, collapse time, or otherwise play with our perceptions of what is “real.”
We have the technological means at present to combine photographs taken during vastly different time periods to create images that question the very nature of time, putting the present in the past and vice versa. The use of these tools has given us the ability to further alter our perceptions of time and history in ways that only the passage of time can reveal.
This exhibition explores how images or subjects that were originally intended to represent one point of view, a literal interpretation, have been altered by the passage of time. As we move forward in time these images stay with us, but somehow change. Not that the images themselves change, although with Photoshop and other tools of manipulation this is possible. Temporal Existence demonstrates that it is our attitudes, shaped by history and personal experience, that have changed, thus giving the images themselves different meaning.