BIRDS OF A FEATHER
on view: February 7 – April 5, 2015
opening reception: Saturday 5-7pm, February 7, 2015
The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is pleased to announce its winter 2015 solo exhibition Birds of a Feather. The exhibition will be on view from February 7 – April 5, 2015 in CPW’s Kodak Gallery.
A commercial photo shoot in Burlington, NJ introduced Claire Rosen to the “world’s largest bird store”. Intoxicated by the array of shapes, sizes, sounds, and colors inhabiting the shop, she set up a temporary studio and began to photograph the birds against vintage wallpaper scraps.
The result is a wide array of vivid, funky images of exotic birds completely removed from their natural habitat. With birds ranging from the common Parakeet to the exotic Hyacinth Macaw, the photographs form a dizzying set of graphic gestures and optical illusions, blending with flamboyant backdrops.
In Birds of a Feather, Rosen has realized the verb “to parrot”. Her subjects become caricatures of eccentric human qualities. They are mimes; the realism of the images mixed with their subtle poses suggests a coy game. Framed within the classical parameters and nuances of portraiture, the birds anthropomorphize as we attribute human emotion and intent to their expressions. Though known for their verbal proclivities, Rosen’s photographs emphasize their tendency to parallel human gesture.
Rosen’s style embraces the extravagance and capriciousness of the Victorian era. Her birds glitter, and although they are not physically present, they flutter around the room without flying – the viewer’s eyes bounce wildly from image to image as the colors and graphics sing and dance throughout the space. The wallpapers transport the viewer back in time to a moment of Victorian elite privilege, conjuring visions of gilded cages within which the jewel tones of the decorative bird-objects are set. They are trophies of class, and symbols of an opulent lifestyle.
Rosen’s images remind all pet guardians of the innocence, congeniality, and personality of our non-human friends. They bring compassion and genuine joy to their families, sympathetically enhancing each other’s lives.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Claire Rosen’s transportive & whimsical imagery utilizes universal themes of dreams, fairy tales and mythology to visually symbolize the many facets of the human condition. She received a liberal arts degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2003, and a fine art degree in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006.
Rosen’s work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in a number of public and private collections. In 2013, Claire had her first solo museum show at the Savannah Museum of Art in Georgia. Her fine art work has been included in a number of juried group shows at Aperture Gallery, Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), Consensus, MOPLA, Photoville Atlanta, Boston & Brooklyn Fence and PhotoPlace Gallery.
Rosen has received numerous awards; most recently in 2012 & 2013 she was included in Forbes 30 Brightest under 30 for Art & Design. Her photography has been featured in publications such as Beautiful/Decay, Complex Art+Design, Creative Quarterly Journal, PDN’s Emerging Photographer issue, Slate Magazine Behold and The World Photography Organization.
In addition, Rosen has taught workshops and lectured about the creative process through institutions such as B&H, ICP, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the School of Visual Arts, among others. Rosen is a successful and multi-faceted commercial photographer whose work entails constructing unique campaigns and installations for well-known brands; and she has received sponsorships from brands such as Dynalite, Hahnemühle USA, and liveBooks.
To learn more about Claire Rosen visit claire-rosen.com
This exhibition is made possible with generous support from Hahnemühle.
Press Images & Interview Requests
To request high resolution images for press reproduction and interviews with the exhibition artists, contact CPW by clicking here
Image Credit: Claire Rosen, Peach-Faced LoveBird No. 7523, 2012 & Wallpaper No. 7518, 2012, archival pigment print, 60×80”. (detail)