Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 | 7:00PM
LOIS CONNER & VICTORIA SAMBUNARIS
Each year, Victoria Sambunaris structures her life around a photographic journey in which she investigates specific aspects of the contemporary American landscape. Equipped with a 5x7 inch field camera, she crosses the country by car for several months per year. Her large-scale photographs document the continuing transformation of the American landscape with specific attention given to expanding political and industrial interventions, where nature and culture meet in unexpected, nuanced relationships.
Her ongoing series, “Taxonomy of a Landscape” pays special attention to the contradictory currents that she has thoroughly researched and which is clearly evidenced in her images of the landscape. There we often find the intrusion of industrial manufacturing onto the land as both a symbol and as the continuing use and need of natural materials being transformed and transferred nation-wide as central to future technological and consumer transactions. The central contradictions are imbedded in most of the images – the needs and habits of a society that, at the same time, is destroying the landscape and the resources it needs to subsist.
Sambunaris received her MFA from Yale University in 1999. She is the recipient of the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and the Anonymous Was a Woman Award. “Taxonomy of a Landscape” debuted at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY in 2011 and traveled throughout the country. Her first monograph “Taxonomy of a Landscape” was published by Radius Books in 2014. Sambunaris is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery.
‘I am an obsessive collector and observer of the landscape. What initially sends me out into the unknown is often a photograph or painting that haunts me because of its absolute unfamiliarity. What I end up uncovering is unpredictable, surprising, and often exhilarating. Trying to describe that encounter visually through photography is nearly impossible. It's also invigorating trying to twist what the camera faithfully describes into something of fiction. The camera's elongated rectangle can, through the confluence of light, circumstance, chance, and a dozen other factors, conjure up a world, one seemingly half-imagined, or one that breathes with the life of thousands of years of history. Sometimes it simply acknowledges the beauty of the land.’
Carrying her 7”x17” and 8”x10” cameras by bicycle, boat, cart, or thrown over her shoulder, she navigates the land slowly. Her photographs allow the viewer to approach the landscape with a more cumulative perspective. Although human presence is not explicit in all of her photographs, it is subtly implied in a way that allows the world to be believably rescaled.
Conner has been awarded numerous awards, including an Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship, as well as grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts.
Her books include: A Long View, Shanghai Center of Photography, 2018; Lotus Leaves, Wairarapa Academy, New Zealand, 2018; Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial, Princeton Architectural Press, 2014; Beijing Building, Rossi and Rossi, London, 2012; Life in a Box, Hanart, Hong Kong, 2010; Twirling the Lotus, Rossi and Rossi, London, 2007; and China: The Photographs of Lois Conner, Callaway, NY, 2000.
Tuesday, March 5th 2019 | 7:00PM
Erica Baum (b. 1961, New York) has become internationally known for her photographic work delving into and mining found sources of text and image. Recent museum and public exhibitions include Anna Atkins Refracted: Contemporary Works, The New York Public Library, The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin, The Jewish Museum, New York, 2017; Photo-Poetics: An Anthology, Kunsthalle Berlin and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Reconstructions: Recent Photographs and Video from the Met Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Reloaded - Concrete Trends, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany; After Dark, Mamco, Geneva, all 2015. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include A Long Dress, Bureau, New York (Jan. 2019) Erica Baum Naked Eye Nature Morte, Galerie Crèvecouer, Paris, France; Libby Rothfeld, Bureau, New York, 2017; The Following Information, Bureau, New York, 2016; Stanzas, Galerie Crevecoeur, Paris, 2015; The Paper Nautilus, Bureau, New York, 2014; Erica Baum, Kunstverein Langenhagen, Langenhagen, Germany, 2013; Erica Baum: Blanks/Naked Eye Anthology, Melas Papadapoulos, Athens, 2013; and Naked Eye Anthology, Bureau, New York, 2012. Selected biennials include; AGORA 4th Athens Biennale, Athens, 2013 and the 30th Bienal de São Paulo: The Imminence of Poetics, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012. Her work is held in the public collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris; FRAC Ile de France, Paris; and the Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut.
Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 | 7:00PM
Born and raised in Southern California with a brief stint in Portland, Oregon, Whitney Hubbs was involved in the punk rock riot grrrl community from a young age, where she made fanzines, organized art shows, participated in performances and worked as an activist. She later received her BFA from the California College of Arts in 2005 and an MFA at UCLA in 2009. She is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Alfred University. Hubbs is currently represented by M+B Gallery in Los Angeles and Situations Gallery in New York City. She currently lives in New York state.
Hubbs is an Assistant Professor at Alfred University and she received her BFA from CCA and her MFA from UCLA.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 7:00PM
Kristine Potter is a photographer currently based in Nashville, Tennessee and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. She has earned a BA in Art History and BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia and received a MFA in Photography from Yale University in 2005. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such spaces as: The Georgia Museum of Art, The Neuberger Museum of Art, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Equinom Gallery in San Francisco, 601 Art Space, and The Girls Club Foundation. Potter’s work is in numerous public and private collections including at the Georgia Museum of Art, and has been published in Contact Sheet, Paper Journal, California Sunday Magazine, The Photobook Review, the catalog “Re-Framing the Feminine,” and in a single signature book by Roman Nvmerials Press. Her first monograph “Manifest”was published by TBW Books in 2018.
Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 7:00PM
Mona Kuhn is best known for her large-scale photographs of the human form. Her approach is unusual in that she develops close relationships with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable intimacy, and creating the effect of people naked but comfortable in their own skin. In addition, Kuhn's playful combination of visual strategies, such as translucency explores our connectedness with the environment. A sublime sense of comfort and intelligence permeates her works, showing the human body in its most natural state while simultaneously re-envisioning the nude as a contemporary canon of art. Kuhn was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1969, of German descent. In 1989, Kuhn moved to the US and earned her BA from The Ohio State University, before furthering her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is currently and independent scholar at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Mona Kuhn’s first monograph, Photographs, was debuted by Steidl in 2004; followed by Evidence (2007), Native (2010), Bordeaux Series (2011), and Private (2014). Mona's upcoming books titled Bushes and Succulents (Stanley Barker Books) and She Disappeared into Complete Silence (Steidl) are being released this Fall 2018, during Paris Photo at the Grand Palais, Paris. Occasionally, Mona teaches at UCLA and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.Mona Kuhn’s work is in private and public collections worldwide, including The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Kiyosato Museum in Japan. Kuhn's work has been exhibited at The Louvre Museum and Le Bal in Paris; The Whitechapel Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts in London; Musée de l’Elysée in Switzerland; Leopold Museum in Vienna, and Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. Mona Kuhn lives and works in Los Angeles.
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 | 7:00PM
MARY ELLEN BARTLEY
Mary Ellen Bartley is known for her photographs exploring the tactile and formal qualities of the printed book and its potential for abstraction.
She has exhibited in numerous institutions including The Queens Museum, The Walker Art Center, Houston Center for Photography, Parrish Art Museum, and The Watermill Center.
One aspect of her practice is working in unique libraries and archives where she responds to collections and their habitats developing projects over time spent with them. Bartley was a Watermill Center 2015 Artist in Residence and worked with the library there creating the installation and book Reading Robert Wilson. In 2017 she created an installation Library Copies at The Queens Museum working with Andrew Beccone’s Reanimation Library. Her series Reading Grey Gardens made at the legendary East Hampton estate was exhibited at The Drawing Room Gallery last fall. Bartley’s current project is from her work with the library and music archives at The Pollock Krasner House.
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