WORK IN PROGRESS ON IN PROGRESS WORK
featuring Carl Gunhouse, Matthew Schenning, and Jason John Würm
on view: June 28 – August 31, 2014
opening reception: Saturday 5-7pm, June 28, 2014
The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is pleased to announce its summer 2014 exhibition Work In Progress On In Progress Work, a collective project featuring photographs by Carl Gunhouse, Matthew Schenning, and Jason John Würm. The exhibition, organized by CPW’s Program Associate Rose Wind Jerome, will be on view from June 28 – August 31, 2014 in CPW’s Kodak Gallery.
The photographs in Work In Progress On In Progress Work have been made in Downtown Brooklyn between 2011-2014, a time when changes in the architecture of the area alone became a monumental manifestation of the rapid socioeconomic shifts in the area. As a long-time resident of Brooklyn, photographer Jason John Würm was struck by the transformation and so-called urban renewal. From the Barclays Center to high-rise condos, this “gentrification on steroids” as Würm refers to it, inspired him to invite fellow photographers and local residents Matthew Schenning and Carl Gunhouse to join him in a collective effort focused on recording a way of life that is quickly being overshadowed by skyscrapers.
With this common interest and preference for straight-photography, they decided to share their work anonymously via a Tumblr site. With the URL dtwnbklyn.tumblr.com, an archive was born and with its seemingly endless scroll of accumulating images, the site echoes the changing environment the photographers seek to document.
The groups aesthetic is rooted in New York City street photography from the1960’s and 1970’s, however, the nature of the project owes its inspiration to Bernice Abbot, whose fascination with the modernization of New York in the late 1930’s led to the publication of her book Changing New York. Subtle stylistic changes distinguish the three, whose contemporary influences can be traced to photographers such as Paul Graham and Tod Papageorge.
While imagery of urban life may seem immediately familiar, these photographs allow for something the city does not — pause. Their placement in the gallery fixes them for a short time, allowing for careful viewing and introspection of images that engage our curiosity and speak to the vibrancy and culture of a city in constant flux, one that adapts daily to global influences and events, migration and immigration — and serves as a sample of so many cities that are forced to transform in the face of the future.
For this incarnation of Work In Progress On In Progress Work, the photographs will be printed on an adhesive paper and affixed to the walls in a site-specific installation. In addition, a tablet will be placed in the gallery, inviting visitors to scroll through the expansive archive and view the project in its original iteration. To mimick the Tumblr site and emphasize the nature of this work in progress, new photographs will be added to the gallery walls throughout the duration of the exhibition. An accompanying catalog printed by Waal-Boght press and made possible in part through the support of CPW will be available for sale in the gallery.
A special thank you to Urban Studio NYC for their generous support in printing the images in this exhibition.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Carl Gunhouse was born in Boston, MA, and spent his formative years in suburban New Jersey. He completed his BA and BFA at Fordham University in New York City, studying European History and Photography. Gunhouse then earned an MA in American History at Fordham before going on to complete an MFA in Photography at Yale University. He teaches at multiple universities, including Montclair State University, and Cooper Union, and writes about photography for such sites as Searching for the Light (carlgunhouse.blogspot.com) and Lay Flat (lavalette.com). As an artist, Gunhouse has produced a body of landscape and portrait photography that seeks to expose the visual bits of America that give voice to our shared history and experience.
Originally from Baltimore, MD, Matthew Schenning photographs landscapes using a large-format camera. Favoring this slow and deliberate way of working, he seeks to understand his own relationship to his surroundings. Most of Schenning’s work avoids specific markers of place and aims to interject a bit of humor and poetry into the imagery of the everyday. His work has been included in shows in the United States and Europe and was featured in The Collectors Guide to Emerging Art Photography (Humble Arts Foundation 2009).
Born in Downey, CA to parents in the US Army, Jason John Würm spent his childhood living throughout the US and Germany. He settled in New York City in 2001 to study photography and earned his BFA in Photography from SVA. Würm utilizes a documentary style of photography to record the ephemeral around America. In his belief that photography is best understood through practice, he has amassed an extensive archive of images, predominantly made in NYC and Brooklyn. His work has been exhibited nationally and published in The New York Times, and The New Yorker. In 2012, Würm founded Waal-Boght Press to promote straight photography through annual publications.
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: Jason John Würm, We are Coming Soon (Corner of Pearl and Willoughby Streets), 2014 (detail)