The Haunted Archive curated by Ellie Ivanova
March 1 – March 30, 2019
RECEPTIONS: Friday, March 1, 2019 @ 6 PM - 9 PM
Saturday, March 30, 2019 (Spring Gallery Night) @ 6 PM - 9 PM
This exhibition explores the vernacular family photograph as a visual, emotional and social topos. A group of artists working in the mediums of photography, collage, painting, sculpture and installation take on a variety of approaches to family snapshots and portraits. They rework them to poke, provoke and establish a dialog with the original vernacular images; they mine a past reality in which the photographic evidence of existence is a haunted, living and reacting archive of memories. The exhibition comes from the understanding that, even after family photographs have been taken, printed and arranged in a material system of visual record keeping, the reality they have captured is a burgeoning repository that continues to evolve in the minds of those it is intended for: its viewers.
Through the interpretation by artists, the exhibition offers an understanding of the vernacular family photograph as an aesthetic entity and emotional attachment. It gives a glimpse into today's heightened popularity of an object that is ironically losing ground in its mass production. Its goal is to offer a new interpretation of the aesthetic and social value of the family picture and show the tension through which it is viewed now.
Works by Rachel Black, Kimberly Chiaris, Angela Johnson, Devon Nowlin, Priya Suresh Kambli, elin o'Hara slavick, JP Terlizzi and Melanie Walker.