Ethics of Depiction at Oakland University Art Gallery
Sep
9
to Nov 19

Ethics of Depiction at Oakland University Art Gallery

Understory featured in Oakland University exhibition

Untitled #17 - from Understory, 2015, 18 x 14 inches, Archival Pigment Print

Untitled #17 - from Understory, 2015, 18 x 14 inches, Archival Pigment Print

Featured artists: Matthew Albanese, Greta Alfaro, David Allee, Jasper de Beijer, Amy Bennett, Julie Blackmon, Sharon Core, Roe Ethridge, Richard Finkelstein, April Gornik, David Hilliard, Alex Kanevsky, Patrick Lee, Richard Mosse, Michael Najjar, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Richard Renaldi, Hannah Starkey, Becky Suss, Jörn Vanhöfen, and Guido van de Werve. 

"A fascination with the specificity and veracity of content in contemporary image making is what fuels this exhibition. The depiction of places, objects and people has been the raw material of visual art for millennia, and this capacity to record and editorialize subject matter is what makes visual art such a crucially informing and contextualizing pictorial capture of the time of its production. 

These works represent something just short of an inundation of content, and the presentation – “salon style” – affirms the idea that kaleidoscopic subject matter is enriching and arouses curiosity about the way in which contemporary artists use data and themes in their work to create a reflection of their lifespan on earth. The ethos of the exhibition sees parallels with the cabinets of curiosities from the past. Like the curious viewers of old encountering such astonishing collections of objects, we today also experience a primary emotional connection to this type of work because its meaning is self-evident. 

This exhibition is about the way objects, landscapes, and people can be rendered unambiguously and ethically (as opposed to metaphorically or abstrusely). Most of the images in the exhibition act as metonyms and so are not to be interpreted because they speak precisely and specifically for what they are." - Dick Goody, Curator 

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New release: "Feast for the Eyes" from Aperture
Jun
30
to Jul 31

New release: "Feast for the Eyes" from Aperture

Work from "Early American," featured in Feast for the Eyes, released from Aperture in June 2017. 

"...this is the first book to cover food photography’s rich history—not only in fine art photography, but also in crossover genres such as commercial and scientific photography and photojournalism." - Aperture Foundation

http://aperture.org/shop/feast-for-the-eyes/

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Nightjar at Underdonk
May
12
to Jun 18

Nightjar at Underdonk

Work from Understory featured in group exhibition at Underdonk Gallery, Brooklyn.

Nightjar

May 12 - June 18, 2017

Opening Friday, May 12 7-9pm

Curated by Ashley Garrett; presenting works by Sharon Core, Valerie Hammond, Ruth Marten, Priscilla Fusco, and Deborah Masters.

Underdonk is pleased to present Nightjar, a show of five artists confronting human relationship with nature and animals. This relationship is rapidly changing as the ecosystem becomes increasingly hostile and threatening to both humans and animals. The exhibition explores the conceptual, spiritual, personal and investigative ways in which we can relate to the organic, natural world around us.

Sharon Core plants and grows the subjects of her photographs with her own hands. Having created a geodesic dome at her upstate studio, she explores the function and effect that long durational time can have on works of art. Planting, choosing and framing the contents of each photograph, Core is like a scientist as she moves all the way through form, even before it's inception. The resulting photographs embody both the literal "sottobosco" of the floral bed and it's ecosystem and references the 17th century Sottobosco painting genre (as in the work of Dutch painter Otto Marseus van Schriek). Core's photographs evoke a possessed, spatial presence in the woods, while a marginal world sets the stage for the darkening, deepening forest, from which slowly emerges an awareness of the delicate microworld of the forest bed. 

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Utopia Banished
Sep
10
to Oct 22

Utopia Banished

Curated by George Rush and Ryland Wharton 

Sharon Core, Arielle Falk, Aaron Gemmill, Jorge Gonzalez, Dana Hoey, Miranda Lichtenstein, Cameron Martin, Aspen Mays, Dennis McNulty, Walter Sutin, Roger White, Carmen Winant

Text by Ed Steck, Sci-Fi Bookstore by Reading Room

Opening Reception

Saturday, September 10, 2016

6 - 8 pm

The Angela Meleca Gallery is excited to kick off its fourth season by inviting George Rush and Ryland Wharton to curate our fall show, Utopia Banished. Inspired by the sciene fiction books Marc Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson, the exhibition examines the notion of a perfect society and how despite the impossibility of achieving this ideal, humanity isn't deterred from trying. 

From the curators: 

The way we see it, it's pretty much over. The illusion or even hope of a potential utopia that'll be for everyone. There will still be simulations: small, private, guarded luxury compounds for the wealthy of course, and perhaps well-wishing, under the radar collectives, but no more big thinking, no more universal social orders, no more democracy-as-utopia delusions. Too pessimistic? Maybe, but if we accept this truth then there is still work to do. For the artists in this exhibition, the work is on the walls. 

http://www.angelamelecagallery.com

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