Iowa Artists 2019: Noah Doely


June 21 – October 13, 2019

Blank One

Based in Cedar Falls, Noah Doely produces work focused on science and the history of visual perception, as well as the origins of photography, myth, and the world. Doely focuses on photography, “because of its complicated relationship to truth and verifiability and its paradoxical ability to evoke both trust and skepticism.” Keeping this in mind, the artist creates pictures that are purposefully deceptive and blur the distinction between reality and illusion.

This exhibition features photographs from Noah Doely’s Above & Below series, which look like subaqueous caves illuminated by rays of light. The underwater chambers are, however, sections of a diorama Doely constructed, lit from a single source and photographed using a pinhole camera. From these mysterious images Doely asks that we become active inquisitors, questioning authenticity and what’s presented before us.

Doely is Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Northern Iowa, and holds a BFA from UNI and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. He has had solo exhibitions at the Dubuque Museum of Art, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, California, and the San Diego Museum of Art, among others. He is a 2018-2019 Iowa Artists Fellowship recipient and has been artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Penumbra Foundation.

Iowa Artists 2019: Noah Doely is organized by Assistant Curator Jared Ledesma.

Supported by

Noah Doely, (American, born 1982)
Untitled #9, from the series “Above & Below," 2014
Archival pigment print mounted on dibond
40 x 60 in.
Collection of the artist
Image courtesy of the artist

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