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Artist's Opening Reception: Elaine Stocki at Stephen Bulger Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013


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Exhibition Dates: October 26 – November 23, 2013

Opening Reception for the Artist:

Friday, October 25

6:00 - 10:00 pm

This exhibition draws from two types of work by the artist: images of models in contrived scenes and assemblages of people at events. The pairing of work from these seemingly polar opposite scenarios allows Stocki to raise critical questions about the truth to image, particularly the directed image, and underline the deception of documentary photography. In challenging the media in this way she shakes at its very foundations.

The hand-colored silver and chromogenic prints are meticulously rendered. The act of painting on the prints adds layers of drama, and engages cinematographic tropes that both illustrate and poke fun at reality. The works themselves are odd and quirky but curious. We can not turn from them, from their unique construction,

particularly the painted frames. Long shadows often heighten

the mood and intensify the theatrics of the moment and we become keenly aware of a certain human desire for staging weather the event is choreographed or spontaneous.

Stocki received her MFA from Yale University and her work has been exhibited internationally at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Zach Feuer, New York; and at the Deustche Guggenheim, Berlin.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Stephen Bulger Gallery


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