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Opening reception: March 10, 2012, from 5-7pm
Gallery hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12-5pm and by appointment
The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is pleased to announce Photography Now 2012, juried by Natasha Egan, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.
This years’ installment of the annual Photography Now exhibition presents nine artists, including one collaborative pair, who all employ photography to put forth a varied discourse. Their work ranges from investigations of the mediums’ materiality to intimate inquiries on familial relationships to personal documentary projects which examine the interaction between landscapes and the people who inhabit them.
Affected by the events of 9/11 and inspired by Don DeLillo’s novel Falling Man, Bobby Davidson (Brooklyn, NY) creates images that transform a simple gesture like paper falling from the sky into something otherworldly, ethereal and softly tragic.
Together Jason and Jesse Pearson (Stewartville, MN), identical twins who collaborate under the moniker Dick and Wayne construct a shared autobiography and eclectic exploration of the self. Framed and seen through the window of family and personal history, their work focuses on the depiction of certain aspects of male culture that are both beautiful and grotesque.
The series Wise Blood by Martha Fleming-Ives (Brooklyn, NY) examines the photographer’s father, a Congregational minister. In her intimate images of him, both at work and at home, Ives reflects upon the shifting significance of family and religion in our contemporary culture.
Deploying a sociological approach and the codes of performance-based self portraiture, Katie Shapiro (Los Angeles, CA) places herself and her partner in National Parks from the Channel Islands to Big Bend, with tongue-in-cheek costumes and cowboy-like poses to match as they progress towards Texas.
Working conceptually, Jon-Phillip Sheridan (Richmond, VA) uses the act of folding and unfolding paper to investigate the material surface of the photographic print and heighten its value as an object, creating images which constantly shift between the banality of their materiality and the spectacle of their illusion.
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* Photography Now 2012 will run in conjunction with Canaries, a solo exhibition of the work of Thilde Jensen. CPW asks that those attending both openings reception on March 3, 2012 refrain from wearing fragrances which can trigger MCS (see Canaries press release for more information.)
CPW invites groups and individuals to schedule tours and gallery talks of the exhibition and facility.
This exhibition and its related programs have been made possible in part with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.