Fenwick Gallery Presents J Carrier Elementary Calculus

By Editorial Team on April 29, 2019
Courtesy of Fenwick Gallery.
Artist Talk: Tuesday, April 30 at 11am

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University is pleased to host J Carrier: Elementary Calculus. Featuring Carrier’s photobook Elementary Calculus, the exhibition also gives a behind-the-scenes insight into his process, including prints, maquettes, and photographs that did not make the cut. The exhibition will run from April 24 – May 24, 2019, with an artist talk on Tuesday, April 30 at 11:00 a.m. in the Main Reading Room of Fenwick Library.

Elementary Calculus, through a series of portraits, landscapes and still life photographs, observes the publicly private moments of migrants and refugees in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as they attempt to connect back to their homes. In photographing these peregrine foreigners, the project explores the distance between reality and desire – the want for what was and the hope for what will be – and traces the manner in which we navigate this desolate geography. The photographs resonate with the sense that in a foreign landscape distance loses its physical measure and home feels like a hazy memory, a half-remembered dream.

Elementary Calculus was published by MACK in September, 2012 and selected for numerous year end “best of” lists.  It was also included in the 2013 International Center of Photography Triennial. Work from J Carrier’s recent projects, Mi´raj  and In Circles, will also be published by MACK in the coming year.

J Carrier (b. Biloxi, Mississippi) spent a decade living and working in Africa and the Middle East, and after a five year stint in Brooklyn, returned home to Washington D.C where he lives with his wife and kids.  Carrier is an assistant professor at George Mason University.  He formerly taught at Cornell University, the International Center of Photography (NYC), and Western Connecticut State.  He has a BS in wildlife & fisheries science and forestry from the Pennsylvania State University (1996) and an MFA from the Hartford Art School (2012).  Carrier’s commissioned work has appeared in the New York Times magazine, National Geographic, Time, Fortune, CNN, Newsweek, Men’s Journal, XXL, Dazed and Confused, Le Monde, and The Financial Times and has won many awards.  He was nominated for PDN30  (2016), the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship (2013 & 2012), and the Santa Fe Prize for Photography (2011).

Details about the artist talk and further information about Fenwick Gallery are available on the gallery website, http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/elementary-calculus.

Fenwick Gallery is located in Fenwick Library on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The gallery is open during Library business hours; see the Library’s website at http://library.gmu.edu for the most accurate and up-to-date information.  For questions about this exhibition or Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at sgrimm4@gmu.edu. For general inquiries about the University Libraries or George Mason University, contact Jessica Clark, Development and Communications Officer, at jclarkw@gmu.edu.