Image and the Photographic Allusion

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Oakland University


Excerpt from essay by Dick Goody: All photography is staged. Every image is objectified, yet certain images possess something indisputably allusive, undirected, inexplicit and enigmatic. The desirable ineffaceability of an indirect allusion, with all its implied ambiguity, is invariably an unnamable quintessence. Our most poignant connection to such photographic paradoxes, which have the power to change our social consciousness, occupies part of our thinking mind far away from the bluntness of a direct index of a particular thing or narrative. To enter the unrestricted territory of meditative intimations, the artist must convey the information without directly unveiling it. This lies at the heart of this exhibition: the revelation sans the reveal.


Catalog of an exhibition held at the Oakland University Art Gallery, January 14 – April 3, 2022. Contains essay by Dick Goody.


Oakland University Art Gallery, Oakland University. College of Arts and Sciences, Exhibition catalogs, Art Bridges Foundation, Bartley, Mary Ellen, Bialobrzeski, Peter, Brunetti, Markus, Foglia, Lucas, Harvey, Cig, Hassink, Jacqueline, Heck, Erik Madigan, Hugo, Pieter, Lutz, Joshua, Massaia, Michael, Milstein, Jeffrey, Muholi, Zanele, Payne, Christopher, Shibata, Toshio, Venables, Raïssa