Til April 26th Under Construction– New Positions in American Photography

If you are in New York you need to check out this incredible group exhibition at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in collaboration with Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam featuring works by photographers Joshua Citarella, Jessica Eaton, Daniel Gordon, Matthew Leifheit & Cynthia Talmadge, Matt Lipps, Matthew Porter, Sara Cwynar, Kate Steciw and Sara VanDerBeek. The show is on only until April 26th and should not be missed.

ancient solstice 2014 c sara vanderbeek courtesy of the artist metro pictures ny and the approach london

Check out the video about the show:


Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation presentUnder Construction – New Positions in American Photography, a group exhibition featuring ten young American and Canadian photographers. Even though the results of the artists’ individual practices are very diverse, the mentality, methodology and presentation of their work show a number of remarkable similarities. A key characteristic is the investigative attitude they adopt in looking at the photographic image and its representation. All the featured artists are explicitly engaged in a fundamental reassessment of the value and significance of photography in the early 21st century. This exhibition was first shown at Foam Museum in Amsterdam from September to December 2014.

The far-reaching digitisation of society exerts an unparalleled influence on almost every aspect of the medium. This ranges from entirely new photographic techniques (digitisation of the equipment) and the use of the photographic image (distribution via digital networks) to the value and significance of photography itself (in view of the never-ending stream of many millions of photographic images that are being taken, distributed and manipulated every day). This fundamental reassessment is particularly appropriate and important in a society in which so much culturally relevant information is communicated via images and where an unprecedented and extremely complex dynamic has developed amongst images. In this new world, how can photography or a photograph be defined? What is the value and significance of photography? What is the role of the artist?

These kinds of questions are of utmost relevance for this new generation of image makers who all represent very specific positions within a complex landscape. One of the most distinguishing features is that the image is constructed and built up from decontextualized elements. Furthermore its aesthetic qualities are largely determined by the use of abstract forms and colors. Whether the photograph is created entirely from scratch or whether it is put together using archetypal images, art history references, archive material or pictures derived from the internet, the end result is fragmented and layered. The artists make use of analogue or digital workflows, or a combination of both, often using advanced post-production software. With the introduction of three dimensionality as a self-evident addition, the photographic image is not always limited to a flat surface.

 

(Photo: ancient-solstice (2014) -by Sara VandDerBeek Courtesy of the artist, Metro-Pictures NY and The Approach London)

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