This week I had the chance to see Danielle Mericle’s new show which closed at the Olive Tjaden Gallery in Cornell’s Tjaden Hall. In this new body of work, Mericle explores the complex relationship between history, knowledge, and power, through a series of photographs and video of seemingly disparate subjects. I particularly liked the video of a dilapidated collection of Greco-Roman casts undergoing restoration by a local art-restorer. Who knew Ithaca could sustain a full time professional art restorer?
Danielle Mericle is perhaps best known locally for her mesmerizing and enigmatic collections of photographs which she makes into books and publishes under the name A-Jump Press. Seneca Ghosts, for example, deals with an elusive herd of albino deer that roams a deactivated cold war-era army depot in Upstate, New York. A-Jump books can be found in the New Museum bookstore, among other places. You will have the chance to see them in person at the Arcades Project event on May 6th, as A-Jump is one of the vendors.