Opening: Friday, November 3 from 6pm to 8pm
The favorite discoveries of my childhood– -coyote bones, skulls, cattails, and a corner of shiny fabric– -are the catalysts for the storytelling imagination of my youth. In American Bling, I pair natural objects with gold lamé fabric to connect our own prairies and woodlands to those earlier landscapes of indigenous America and Americans. What is the relationship between our ‘natural’ or ‘native’ wilderness and the shiny fabric of the casinos, reminiscent of the long-ago allure of the Gold Rush?
Figures relax into abstractions, while vivid colors drip and pool around sewing-work. I discover meaning in that process. For me, truth is revealed in the clash of contradictory materials, which opens up an arena of local magic, a peculiar kind of American Bling.
Fotoweek 2017: Deconstructing the Photographic Index
Iwan Bagus, Steven Marks, Leena Jayaswal, Shaun Schroth, Alexandra Silverthorne, Rania Razek, Joanne Levine
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, November 11, 4:30-6:30 pm
Photography is traditionally considered an accurate and true representation of reality. Even in the age of digital manipulation and Photoshop, the vast majority of viewers interpret a photographic image as a reliable index of what appeared before the camera at the moment the picture was captured. Is this so? Isn’t a photograph, even the most documentary, an abstraction of the world as it truly is? For the past several decades, conceptual photographers have explored the border between abstraction and representation in a variety of ways. This Studio Gallery show, curated by Leena Jayaswal of American University, illustrates how a number of the area’s most creative photographers are grappling with this always timely problem.
- Wednesday – Friday: 1pm to 6pm
- Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Studio Gallery is located at 2108 R St. NW. For more information and all other inquiries about the Studio Gallery, visit their website at www.studiogallerydc.com.