Jim Briare, a 1986 graduate of UNLV, presents an exhibition of his photo work in the Jessie Metcalf Gallery, Richard Tam Alumni Center on the campus of UNLV. He will be honored with a reception February 8 from 5 to 7pm.
Jim Briare’s subjects magically reveal themselves through process and reflection as opposed to preconception. Instead of telling stories by producing images to illustrate, Briare lets the stories reveal themselves from the elements and compounds within the work. The most successful ideas are reverse engineered from hundreds of image stimuli. He rarely shoots a planned theme. Spontaneity in the studio comes with broad preparation and the openness to possibilities.
Briare’s digital work, spans a spectrum from traditional lens/digital/film processes to experimental non-camera techniques. With some exceptions, the imagery tends to gravitate towards dark spiritual and emotional places. Some of the work explores how long exposures or altered, non-photographic apertures reveal the secrets of existence typically invisible. A recent segment of his explorations abandons the camera entirely. Briare interrogates how all images are ultimately composed of microscopic data and the rules and processes that regulate how that information is arranged.