As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
—Albert Einstein in his lecture,
“Geometry and Experience,” 1921
Reality is as memory does. What begins as scientific fact merges with belief, perception, past and future experiences, cultural tremors, and societal imprints to create true reality. A rose is definitively not just a rose to all who inhale its sweet scent regardless of what you call it.
In the exhibition Reality Is a Good Likeness, photographer Patricia Carr Morgan explores the depth and malleability of reality by sifting images through the lens of cultural identity and national pride, alongside the provocative and intimate perception of each unique subject and viewer. Artist, audience, and image merge to create differing constructs of the same reality.
Broken into three series of photographs, each grouping explores a different approach to the creation of reality: Out of the Past layers objects as memories over iconic stills from film noir, alerting the eye to missions and additions, blurring the line between fact and fiction; united states explores the impact of popular culture on historical fact and how one’s national identity vastly alters his or her perception of past eras; and the unmediated images of Alligator Balls and Cotton Candy demonstrate that even unedited shots are altered by the perceptions of both viewer and artist. Remembering these realities, Morgan has merged remaining photographs into groups with neither reason nor segues and, like a persistent thought, an unrelated image intrudes.