Photographic Pioneer CE Coleman Exhibition at Sol Mednick Gallery Surveys Her Personal Journey into Digital Imaging

"Drawing the 'time in-between'" explores early imaging techniques

March 18, 2010

Long-time professor at the University of the Arts CE Coleman's exhibition "Drawing the 'time in-between'," a survey of early digital markings and videographic prints, is on display at the University's Sol Mednick Gallery (211 S. Broad St.) through April 2. A reception for Coleman will be held March 25 from 5 to 7p.m.

The show surveys the development of Coleman's personal journey into digital imaging that began in the 1980s desktop video wasn't a household appliance. Many of the early prints are rough, made with tools meant for office work. As digital still photography became accessible, her prints became more highly resolved and photographic in nature. Exploring small fragments of time by capturing the in-betweens of moments is the essence of Coleman's installation, which explores nearly 30 years of creative inquiry.

Coleman began working with video as still imagery using early, quirky imaging tools at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, N.Y., later at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey and then commercially as a "Paintbox Artist" for Video Post production in Philadelphia. With David Jones of the Experimental TVB Center, Coleman hand-built a video frame buffer and helped him to develop imaging software used to display, alter and print single or sequential video frames.

Coleman earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), completing her studies there in 1974. She has received many grants and awards, has shown her work extensively, and has been featured in many publications including the 1979 Philadelphia Daily News cover feature story "Video: It’s More Than a Mini-cam." By the mid-1980s, she had transitioned into teaching in RISD's Department of Film and Video. Since 1989, Coleman has been an adjunct professor in the Media Arts department at the University of the Arts and has been an adjunct professor in the Communications department at Arcadia University since 2004.

"Walk," panel detail (1 of 11) - Dot Matrix Print 8.5 in. x 154 in. Produced at the Experimental Television Center, Owego N.Y., December 1990. Single frame video grabs captured with the Jones Buffer and unique software.

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