gary duehr

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These images of university chalkboards, shot at the end of the day, reveal layers of erasures and reworking that mirror the learning process.

At times abstract as a cloud chamber, at others almost bare or starkly instructive, the "Glyphs" are reminiscent of cave drawings or ancient texts. Some are immediately readable and some are frustratingly opaque.

The photographs explore how language and memory hold onto ideas. In an era of electronic whiteboards, the green hue evokes a certain nostalgia. You can almost smell the chalk dust hanging in the air.


Pigment ink on canvas, 36" x 46".