Fall 2011 Gallery Shows

Melinda Hunt

The Hart Island Project

December 6, 2011 – January 14, 2012

Opening Reception: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Artist’s Gallery Talk: 6:30 pm

In 1991, Melinda Hunt and Joel Sternfeld set out to re-photograph Jacob Riis’s first photographs taken 100 years earlier at the public cemetery on Hart Island, New York. Mass burials in plain pine boxes remain an unchanged part of New York City. Soon after their book, Hart Island, was published in 1998, the island became closed to media and the public. The only witnesses to daily burials were prison guards and inmates from Riker’s Island.

After releasing the film Hart Island: An American Cemetery in 2007, Melinda Hunt submitted a Freedom of Information request for records of over 50,000 burials from 1980-2010. These generated an on-line database completed in 2011. People located in the database are the subject of a new series of landscape/portraits using ink applied to large (26″ x 40″) digital fine art prints from 35 mm black and white negatives. The negatives were never intended for use as finished photographs. They were collected as archival footage of a landscape where over 850,000 people have been invisibly buried since the American Civil War.

A gallery talk by the artist will cover the 20-year history of The Hart Island Project: An Artist and Community Collaboration.

Article from Lohud.com 11/14/11 

http://hartisland.net/

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Shopping

An Exhibition of work by Gina Randazzo 

September 6 – October 15, 2011

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Artist’s Gallery Talk: 6:30

This series of photographs is an expression of my feelings about living in a society where so much emphasis is placed on shopping.  Sometimes it seems to me that consumerism is the main component of American culture, now exported around the world.  (I photographed malls in India that look like Sherman Oaks, CA.) While I am extremely thankful that I am able to procure the goods I need to live comfortably, I aim to question the constant pressure I feel to engage in the commercial marketplace.  I photographed consumer environments with an eye towards examining the architecture and design that invite consumption.  I depict my psychophysical reactions to the surroundings by removing the mid-tones and framing the images to highlight the disorientation caused by visual overload.  The resulting images explore the emotions evoked by my experience of consumerism.

 

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Jean Brennan

‘What color is your trash, babycakes?’

October 25 through November 26

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Artist’s Gallery Talk: 6:30

Artist, Jean Brennan, along with her husband and two children, conduct an investigation of their material — and highly disposable — world. As a mock anthropological study, each discarded artifact was photographed and tagged with its respective date, material, weight, user, function and color and uploaded daily to an online archive. The live feed ran for 10 months resulting in a unique family portrait narrative.

‘What color is your trash, babycakes?’ interrogates the emotional resonance of the things that surround us. It attempts to weigh the unquantifiable color value of excess in our lives. The presentation of the work at Center for the Digital Arts includes a video projection, the digital archive and image walls sampling the 1,080 images created during the project.

http://www.jeanbrennan.com/

http://www.squanderless.com/

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