Outside/In begins with the premise that no image exists outside of the ongoing collection of images that we are exposed to on a moment by moment basis. The exhibition (the first by Tim Wride, the William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography) brings together works by five contemporary Florida artists using photography in proximity to selections drawn from the Museum's Photography Collection. The contemporary work extends the ideas of the more historical, while the older work gives a broadened context and expands the reach and implications of the newer. Taken together the images produce a visual dialogue that reaches across time, geography, and intention to illuminate the collective streams that unify their makers.
The contemporary Florida artists whose work is included in Outside/In are from varied parts of the state; explore vastly different ideas; and approach the medium in starkly different ways. Each of the artists, however, owes a debt to those makers and audiences who have gone before and sets up expectations for those who will follow. Outside/In provides the arena for that process to be seen, experienced, and better understood.