Some Place Like Home, an emerging photographers’ exhibition co-curated by Jessica Hendrix and Eva Fazzari will be on view at Daniel Cooney Fine Art from June 2nd-June 6th, 2009. The group show consists of photographs by Jun Ahn, Jordan Colbert, Eva Fazzari, Jessica Hendrix, Lali Khalid, Sang-Min Kwak, Rachel Langosch, Sean Park, and Alice Rodriguez. Through a dynamic range of approaches each artist deconstructs notions of home and identity.
These nine artists possess a unique understanding of home. For Fazzari and Hendrix, living in an urban environment allows them to reexamine the suburbs in which they grew up—Dumont, New Jersey and Fredericksburg, Virginia. Their work embodies a sense of entrapment that invades the everyday aspects of their suburban communities.
Several artists address the impact of one’s surroundings on their identity. Khalid documents the human metamorphosis that occurs when met with conflicting cultures, as her subjects, South Asian women, attend school in New York City. Similarly, Kwak expresses the confliction he feels when being torn between two personal identities. His work is, accordingly, a series of dual self-portraits. Park’s photograph embodies a parallel sense of alienation experienced in his present surroundings in Brooklyn, NY.
Colbert and Ahn create quiet photographs overwhelmed by dark shadows or heightened emotional context. Colbert’s images are still—her figures, often herself, are abstracted by the intrusion of shadows and narrow depth-of-field. Ahn’s images possess this same eerie stillness. Her work portrays the fantasy of suicide as a method of escaping her surroundings.
Langosch explores the mass production of domestic life inside retail spaces. The sentiments captured in her photographs are lasting artifacts of authentic emotion and a sense of home. Rodriguez works in a similar vein by extracting artifacts from households and placing them before a cold, clean, studio backdrop. Both artists create a vanishing sense of authenticity in our modern lives.