Based in Cedar Falls, Noah Doely produces work focused on science & the history of visual perception, as well as the origins of photography, myth & 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 & blur the distinction between reality & 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 & holds a BFA from UNI & 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 & has been artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Penumbra Foundation.