Exhibition

Terrance Purdy, Jr. featured at For Freedoms Residency

© Terrance Purdy Jr.

© Terrance Purdy Jr.

Current MFA Photo/Video student Terrance Purdy Jr. is featured in the For Freedoms Residency at the International Center for Photography. The group show, entitled IT IS A MIRACLE THAT WE ARE STANDING HERE is both a celebration and an elegy, inspired by the the artist John William Murphy. The show alludes to the forces of empowerment, love, and disenfranchisement that have brought us to where we are today.

For Freedoms is a platform for greater participation in the arts and in civil society. The foundation produces exhibitions, installations, public programs, and billboard campaigns to advocate for inclusive civic participation. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)— freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear— For Freedoms Federation uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century.

Terrance Purdy Jr. is an artist from Chicago, IL. He holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri and is currently working toward his M.F.A. in Photography, Video, & Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

© Terrance Purdy Jr.

© Terrance Purdy Jr.

Purdy Jr. is interested in the ways that identity is shaped in the black community; specifically, how identity intersects with themes of religion, sports, material culture, and violence. Purdy Jr. captures the embrace of these pertinent topics, as well as their rejection and reconstruction, in a way which gives agency.

To quote Purdy Jr.: "African Americans are in a unique circumstance of constantly constructing a culture and identity, one that is always being appropriated while simultaneously being demonized. There is power in that process."

Terrance Purdy Jr.'s work will be on exhibit at For Freedoms' IT IS A MIRACLE THAT WE ARE STANDING HERE until April 28th. The show is a part of For Freedoms Federation's residency at the International Center for Photography-- 250 Bowery, New York, New York.

Yoav Friedlander solo exhibition ‘‘After the Fall’’ at Carrie Able Gallery

Yoav Friedlander, MFA Photo/Video alumni, presents a solo exhibition at the Carrie Able Gallery this month on Wednesday Nov. 14.

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Speaking on his images, Friedlander says:

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"Ever since I can remember it was photographs who introduced me to and informed me of my personal and collective past or present realities that are inaccessible or out of reach. Photographs had visually mapped reality. A broken promise we made to ourselves looking up to the medium as a neutral reflection of what visibly exists. We treat photographs as hard evidence, and to the extent that we find ourselves considering what is real to be different from how it should be according to its own image. Since the inception of photography, reality gradually became augmented by its own reflection. I am focusing my work at this point of friction."

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Yoav Friedlander is a miniature scale model fine artist and photographer. Born 1985 in Israel, Yoav received his BA in Photographic Communications from Hadassah Academic College Jerusalem in 2011, and graduated with an MFA in Photography Video and Related media from the School of Visual Arts NYC in 2014.

Friedlander has shown work at The Artists' House, Jerusalem, The Wassaic Project, N.Y., and The Venice Bienniale, among numerous other galleries, worldwide. He is also the co-founder of Float Photo Magazine.

For more information about Friedlander's upcoming solo exhibition, visit the event page or RSVP here.

©Yoav Friedlander, 201 North Pearl Street, Shamokin, PA, 2018

©Yoav Friedlander, 201 North Pearl Street, Shamokin, PA, 2018

In a write up by Lenscratch, Friedlander when asked about the series and it’s motivations responded by saying”

For now I can’t tell what value my pictures might have, but I took them with a sense of urgency to capture all that was colorful and all that was about to change. One of these pictures documents St. Nicholas Coal Breaker, It also happens to be one the last photograph of it standing. it was torn down the next day. I never had intended to insert myself into American history through the back door like this. It is unclear how I, a child of the desert, found myself venturing into coal mines in the frost of winter.

To read more please click here.

Fraenkel Gallery presents first West Coast exhibition of Wardell Milan

Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco proud to present the first West Coast exhibition of New York-based artist and MFA Photo/Video faculty member Wardell Milan. Milan's work will be exhibited January 3 – February 16th, 2019 with an opening reception to take place on Saturday, January 5th. On view will be new work by Milan in mixed media, photo-collage, drawing and painting, including a number of large-scale works incorporating cut-and-collaged photographs.

Wardell Milan,  Mortal Men , 2018

Wardell Milan, Mortal Men, 2018

Throughout his practice, Wardell Milan sustains a thoughtful inquiry into the nature of beauty and the unconscious, touching on topics such as body modification and gender performance.

From a recent group of significant works on paper, two approximately six- by eight-foot drawings (both 2018) present dynamic groups of enigmatic individuals cast within idyllic scenery, which the artist animates with an architectural swirl of geometric patterning. In making these works, Milan also takes a journey through the history of photography – invoking Henri Cartier-Bresson, Nobuyoshi Araki, Robert Mapplethorpe, and others – seeking out compositional ideas and physiognomic cues in an array of iconic imagery.

Wardell Milan,  Romantic Sunset , 2017

Wardell Milan, Romantic Sunset, 2017

Works by the artist may be found in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Denver Art Museum; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; UBS Art Collection; Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation, Paris; Hall Art Foundation; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Lissa Rivera exhibition Beautiful Boy at Clark Gallery

Clark Gallery is pleased to announce their upcoming provincetown pop gallery featuring a solo exhibition by alumni Lissa Rivera. Beautiful Boy follows her collaboration with her friend, muse, and romantic partner in an effort to create a private domain in which fantasy and real life collide. Based on a conversation in which her friend divulged his collegiate habit of donning women’s clothing, the pair constructs a series of glamorous and alluring portraits in which gender and our understanding of it becomes ambiguous and nuanced. Beautiful Boy is a testament both to the man before her lens and her abiding love for him.

The reception will take place on July 6th from 6-10pm. The exhibition will be on view June 27th through July 25th, 2018 at Clark Gallery (Provincetown Pop-Up) located at 444 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA.

For more information, please click here.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Image courtesy of the artist.

In related new, Rivera's work has also been acquired recently by Museum of Fine Arts Houston  and Newport Art Museum. On Saturday June 30th, her latest curatorial effort Our Souls to Keep will debut at Field Projects, NYC. The works were selected from an open call of over 1,100 entries. Representing both a keen awareness of repression and a sense of personal awakening, the artists in 'Our Souls To Keep' employ vernacular languages and outmoded processes to express the historical absurdities of American mythology, investigating the undercurrents of social control from the perspective of their own lived experiences.

image courtesy of Field Projects. 

image courtesy of Field Projects. 

Shimon Attie exhibition at The School by Jack Shainman Gallery

Faculty member Shimon Attie is featured in the the fourth anniversary of Jack Shainman's The School. Attie's work will be showcased along with a concurrent series of solo exhibitions by Nina Chanel Abney, Math Bass, Valérie Blass, Vibha Galhotra, Brad Kahlhamer, Margaret Kilgallen, Lyne Lapointe, Gordon Parks, and Leslie Wayne. The exhibitions will run through October 6th, 2018 at The School located at 25 Broad Street in Kinderhook, NY.

For more information on the featured artists and works, please click here.

The artwork, Lost in Space (After Huck), combines cast resin sculpture w/a multi-channel video and sound environment to create an immersive Installation. For Lost in Space, I drew inspiration from the St. Louis Art Museum’s proximity both to the Mississippi River and to Ferguson, MO. The artwork conflates Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn – in part an allegory on 19th century American race relations- with present-day first responder/community relations. A sculpture of a hybrid raft/police vehicle appears to float in “celestial space”. Yet the surrounding video is actually animated still images of American cities shot at nighttime by NASA satellites above. Rather then looking up at the nighttime sky, we are actually looking down at American cities where many of these issues remain alive.

installation shot courtesy of Shimon Attie

installation shot courtesy of Shimon Attie

Spring Salon 2018 Recap

Now that the dust has settled we wanted to take a moment to recap the events of Salon and acknowledge the efforts of our talented student body. This Spring's event was a major success on all accords as the 3 hours were filled with installations galore, compelling film screenings, large then life art, engaging photographic work, and even a video game. We also wanted to extend a thank you to everyone that came through, your presence was most appreciated.

So please, enjoy our recap to get a glimpse at what's transpired, and what our creative student body is up to. If you missed this event, don't worry there will be another one in the Fall!

Design by Johnnie Chatman

Design by Johnnie Chatman

I. Preparation

Hanwen Zhang  (class of 2019) setting up his work. 

Hanwen Zhang (class of 2019) setting up his work. 

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Thesis student  Alison Gootee  setting up her large format prints. 

Thesis student Alison Gootee setting up her large format prints. 

Paul Simon  (class of 2019) helping  Jonathan Ellis  (class of 2019) set up his display. 

Paul Simon (class of 2019) helping Jonathan Ellis (class of 2019) set up his display. 

II. Payoff

Video installation by  Jordan Cruz . 

Video installation by Jordan Cruz

Jordan Cruz  (class of 2019) explaining her work to guests. 

Jordan Cruz (class of 2019) explaining her work to guests. 

Xueqing Yin  (class of 2019) playing with Yangzi Huang's (class of 2020) video game piece. 

Xueqing Yin (class of 2019) playing with Yangzi Huang's (class of 2020) video game piece. 

Works by  Serichai Traipoom  (class of 2019)

Works by Serichai Traipoom (class of 2019)

Petros Lales  (class of 2019) in front of his ongoing body of work, Feme_1.

Petros Lales (class of 2019) in front of his ongoing body of work, Feme_1.

video works by  Jeong Hur  (class of 2020).

video works by Jeong Hur (class of 2020).

Yi Hsuan Lai (class of 2020) in front of a collection of her current works. 

Yi Hsuan Lai (class of 2020) in front of a collection of her current works. 

Youwon Jeong (class of 2018) with faculty member Ed Bowes, standing besides still from her thesis film. 

Youwon Jeong (class of 2018) with faculty member Ed Bowes, standing besides still from her thesis film. 

Chris Callis (faculty) observing the works of Wen Han Chang (class of 2020).

Chris Callis (faculty) observing the works of Wen Han Chang (class of 2020).

Guests observing video work by Raquel Salazar (class of 2019).

Guests observing video work by Raquel Salazar (class of 2019).

installation piece by  Johnnie Chatman  (class of 2018)

installation piece by Johnnie Chatman (class of 2018)

Lucea Spinelli  (class of 2019) and classmates enjoying the 3d work of  Jing Lin  (class of 2018)

Lucea Spinelli (class of 2019) and classmates enjoying the 3d work of Jing Lin (class of 2018)

Wen Han Chang  (class of 2020) and guest beside his work. 

Wen Han Chang (class of 2020) and guest beside his work. 

guests observing the work of  Brianna Calello  (class of 2019). 

guests observing the work of Brianna Calello (class of 2019). 

Chair, Charles Traub with student  Tooraj Khamenehzadeh  (class of 2019) and partner. 

Chair, Charles Traub with student Tooraj Khamenehzadeh (class of 2019) and partner. 

Works by Yoon Ji Nam (class of 2019). 

Works by Yoon Ji Nam (class of 2019). 

Nina Cochran (class of 2020) standing beside her photographic works.

Nina Cochran (class of 2020) standing beside her photographic works.

work by  Lucea Spinelli  (class of 2019).

work by Lucea Spinelli (class of 2019).

Guests watching checking out  Rebecca Krasnik 's (class of 2018) video installation piece. 

Guests watching checking out Rebecca Krasnik's (class of 2018) video installation piece. 

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installation work by  Livia Di Lucia  (class of 2019).

installation work by Livia Di Lucia (class of 2019).

works by  Christopher Janaro  (class of 2018)

works by Christopher Janaro (class of 2018)

Class of 2018 students (From left to right):   Jing Lin ,  Lishan Liu ,  Dodo Xinyu Zhang  and Youwon Jeong standing beside an image from  Dodo Xinyu Zhang 's thesis. 

Class of 2018 students (From left to right):  Jing LinLishan LiuDodo Xinyu Zhang and Youwon Jeong standing beside an image from Dodo Xinyu Zhang's thesis. 

images courtesy of Wen Han Chang, Livia Di Lucia, Christopher Janaro, Johnnie Chatman and Youwon Jeong. 

images courtesy of Wen Han Chang, Livia Di Lucia, Christopher Janaro, Johnnie Chatman and Youwon Jeong. 

The department extends its gratitude and thanks to everyone who made this event such a success and we hope to see you again in the summer for the 2018 thesis exhibition and in the fall for the next Salon!

Oliver Wasow at Theodore:Art

Opening March 2nd, Theodore:Art will present a survey exhibition of photographer and faculty member Oliver Wasow’s work, spanning the years 1983 to 2018. The reception will take place March 2nd from 6 to 9 with the exhibition running through April 22nd. For more details, please click here.

Oliver Wasow occupies a unique place in the history of photography. He began his career as a younger member of the Pictures Generation and has remained consistently in the vanguard of technological innovation and issues central to contemporary photographic discourse. His pre-digital work of the 1980s anticipated the seismic shifts brought on by the digital revolution today, addressing photographic veracity, the cultural production of spectacle, post-production practice, and questions of authorship and ownership.

In many ways Wasow’s work of the past three and a half decades is a record of a world in transition, a world moving not only from the analog to the digital but from the natural to the technological sublime. His images, influenced by popular culture, fine art and vernacular photography alike, are often filtered through the unsettling and seductive world of special effects. Of particular interest to Wasow are the ways in which the visual tropes of romantic landscape painting, advertising and science fiction overlap to suggest a world dictated by the twin emotions of fear and desire.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Oliver Wasow was born in Madison Wisconsin in 1960. Wasow has had many one person exhibitions, including shows at Theodore:Art, Josh Baer Gallery, Janet Borden Gallery, Tom Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles, South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina, and the Hilliard Museum in Lafayette, LA. He was also the proprietor of Cash Newhouse Gallery in the East Village 1984-87. His work has also been included in numerous national and international group shows, including such benchmark exhibitions as ‘Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop,’ at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘Image World,’ at the Whitney Museum of Art in NYC, and ‘The Photography of Invention,’ at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. His photographs are included in a number of private collections and are also represented in various prominent public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and The Milwaukee Art Museum. Reviews of his work have been featured in most major art publications, including, among others, Art Forum, ArtNews and The New York Times.

Wasow will be releasing a new book titled “Friends, Enemies and Strangers”. The book contain a wide selection of images both made and found by Wasow, and includes text and essays by the writer Rabih Allenmedine and the artist Matthew Weinstein; it will be published by Saint Lucy Press. The book will be available Spring 2018.

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Elinor Carucci at PhotoFairs SF

Faculty member and photographer Elinor Carucci will have her work exhibited through her gallery, Edwynn Houk Gallery, at this year's PhotoFairs SF. Edwynn Houk Gallery, a photography gallery based in New York and Zurich, specializes in masters of twentieth-century photography with an emphasis on the 1920s and 1930s as well as contemporary photography. Representing acclaimed artists such as Sally Mann, Nick Brandt, Joel Meyerowitz, Lee Friedlander and Stephen Shore.

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In recent times, Elinor Carucci has recieved much acclaim for her capture used to illustrate the viral story, Cat Person at the New Yorker. When asked about how she created the image and why the choice to use a real couple, she responded:

"I felt it had to be real, maybe because of the kind of photographer I am. My personal work is about the everyday dramas of real life, my own family, my own flaws and ugliness and joy and wonderfulness. I am drawn to photographing real things. In my editorial career—and I’ve been photographing for magazines for twenty years—I’ve learned that fashion and beauty is not what I want to do, and not where I’m strong. When you bring me into a real situation, a family or a couple, that’s where I work best. Also, practically, I knew these people would have to kiss in different ways for hours! I don’t know how I could have made two models do it."

To read more about her work behind the image, please click here.

PhotoFairs San Francisco, the cutting edge contemporary art fair dedicated to the photographic medium returns to the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason in San Francisco from Thursday, February 22nd - Sunday, February 25, 2018. The fair's international focus and boutique curation create an excellent environment to discover and collect innovative works of art. The Event will feature public talks programs, featured exhibitions and artist book signings.

For more information, please click here.

Dalia Amara, the Texture of Want at Mountain Gallery

MOUNTAIN is pleased to present The Texture of Want, an exhibition featuring artwork by alumni Dalia Amara and Olivia Swider. The artwork on view explores constructions of femininity, vulnerable self-reflexivity, and fallacy in the truth of images. Both artists have a background in image-making and the study of photography, but the way they synthesize that knowledge into their respective practices varies. While Amara’s work functions in the realm of photography, the content and context takes a more sculptural/performative turn. Conversely, Swider’s practice incorporates physical works and found materials to ask new questions around what constitutes an image, appropriation/ authorship, and the documentary/indexical capabilities of objects and the stories they hold. Together, these artists present a fascinating look at a postmodern approach to capturing and creating an image.

The exhibition opens February 24, 2018 and closes March 17, 2018. For more details, please click here.

Fragments, 2017

Fragments, 2017

Dalia Amara’s work hones in on the performance of femininity. In recent video works the artist turns the camera’s voyeuristic eye on herself in an examination of learned behaviors, societal expectations, and the psychological struggles of being a woman. The mirror is a testing ground and the artist inhabits a duality as both photographer and model, audience and performer. Amara’s photographic works use the conventions of photography, but the visual language of sculpture. In these works the camera captures domestic scenes and curious objects with a reference to the body in absentia. The lack of a protagonist gives these photographs an unsettling tension. Like a crime scene investigator searching for the last bit of evidence to solve the mystery.

Steel Stillman at Kunstverein Langenhagen and Interview with Leigh Ledare

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Faculty member and fine artist, Steel Stillman will be featured in the exhibition aroundabout Jack Jaeger at Kunstverein Langenhagen in Germany. In this exhibition, Jaeger’s work forms the core of the presentation, to which works of a number of equal-minded artists are added as ‘conversation partners’, among them Anne Collier, Wjm Kok, Rachel Harrison, Aloïs Godinat, Anne Daem,s B. Wurtz, Michaela Meise and Wolfgang Tillmans.

The exhibition will run through Febbruary 11th, 2018. For more details please click here.

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Concurrently, Stillman recently participated in an interview with artist Leigh Ledare about his recent work which is featured in this month's issue of Art in America. For more information and to buy a copy, please click here. 

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