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Artist's Opening Reception: Jeffrey Wolin at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pigeon Hill
Then & Now

Friday, January 10
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 11

Jeffrey Wolin's work on Pigeon Hill is piercing, sullen, and mournful. It raises hope just enough to make its squashing all the more painful. Pairs of images present individuals in Wolin's hometown of Bloomington, Indiana alongside text and were made with a separation of 25 years. The section of town known as Pigeon Hill is a low income area and the effects of living in poverty are both seen and read in Wolin's work.

Original portraits were made in 1987-91 and are of much more youthful faces than those in the second portrait from 2010. The idea for these works was itself sparked by a tragic event- the murder of one of his subjects. This story gave Wolin impetus for the series, and he initiated searches online, through word of mouth and on foot through housing complexes to find his old subjects and work with them again. Wolin asked his sitters to reflect on what they remember from the day the first image was made and then to reflect on where their lives have taken them. A new image was made and recorded texts included in the final works. Stories of abuse, teen pregnancy, neglect, poor education, imprisonment, and murder all seem common, and the mere drumming of these tunes make the work more weighty and relevant. We experience the power of portraiture to capture identity and record history. Together these works tell the difficult stories of both individual and community legacy.

Wolin has used handwritten text in his work for over 25 years, and its inclusion adds potency by becoming more than a leaping off point for narrative, but visual aesthetic component of the work as well. He is the recipient of an NEA and Guggenheim Fellowship, among other awards. He has three monographs on his work, and he is in numerous private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), Los Angeles County Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Art Institute of Chicago.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery

Additional Upcoming Gallery Programming:
Saturday, January 11, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Appetite for Art is a private dinning experience with a contemporary photographer and Director Catherine Edelman. It provides a unique opportunity to share a meal with an artist, meet other art lovers and ask questions in an intimate setting.More information here

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