May 2 - July 6, 2014
This survey exhibition covers work made by six artists pushing the boundaries of the photographic media; all take interest in the physical properties of photography and the photographic print. John Stezaker, Julie Cockburn, Tom Butler, Gerald Slota, Holly Roberts, and Virginia Echeverria all experiment with photography and are part of what drives the frontier of the medium. Stezaker's work has a surreal edge and the artist is known to use collage and appropriation from existing found imagery, including from postcards, film stills, and publicity photographs. Cockburn embellishes her work; she is known to collage as does Stezaker, but also to embroider prints with brightly colored thread to emphasize or mask the image she plays with. The result of the labor-intensive and meticulous process she employs is a challenge of the archetype of the prints she works with. Butler too uses appropriation and manipulation. His works are soft and elegant but playful and elaborately engaging. Sota sees images as having an active surface. His aesthetic cues comes from his notebooks, which are scratched, torn, and reworked; imagery is assembled, disassembled, and reassembled. Roberts' works are mythological invented landscapes which ask us to examine ourselves and our own humanity; she embellishes her images and makes creations that are layered and surprising. Echeverria's images have a surreal and other-worldly or dreamlike quality. She plays with geometry and abstraction but keeps elements grounded enough in reality for us to float into her elaborate creations.
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