In the project room, Billy Sullivan has invited seven artists: Patricia Coffie, Dustin Wayne Harris, Barclay Hughes, Paul Kennedy, Sarah Forbes Keough, Jason Noyes, and Nick Poe, to present work in a group exhibition running from April 24th to June 6th with an opening reception on April 24th from 6–8pm.
The diverse range of photographs on view in Seven create a dialogue against Sullivan’s own relentless documentary practice. Here, seven young photographers engage with the lens, operating both as observer and participant. All the works play off our expectations, investigating cultural assumptions while offering glimpses of private worlds. But none follow a prescibed path: some are voyeuristic; some record the trace of human activity in a kitchen or bedroom; others are deliberately composed studies. Emotion-driven works such as Patricia Coffie’s reveal an unsettling experience of looking while Dustin Wayne Harris’ narrative approaches the figure and its traces. Each artist investigates the photograph’s potential to contain a unique experience.
Patricia Coffie (b. 1975, Ghana; studied at College of New Rochelle, NY and the School of Visual Arts; represented by Mary Boone Gallery); Dustin Wayne Harris (b. 1982, Brunswick, GA; studied School of Visual Arts, New York); Barclay Hughes (b. St. Louis, MO, 1971 studied School of Visual Arts and Yale University); Paul Kennedy (b. 1971, Pensacola, FL, studied Oberlin College and Cranbrook Academy of Arts), Sarah Forbes Keough (b. 1979, San Francisco, CA, studied School of Visual Arts), Jason Noyes (b. 1974, San Diego, CA, studied School of Visual Arts); Nick Poe (b. 1985, New York, NY; studied New York University Tisch School of the Arts).