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Unframed Portraits: The Self and Others

Broadway Gallery
473 Broadway, 7th Floor, 212-274-8993
June 1 - June 15, 2009
Reception: Friday, June 5, 6 - 8 PM
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Unframed Portraits presents a range of artists whose works explore unconventional depictions of the portrait. Deconstructing typical notions of what art history and contemporary society see as portraiture, Unframed Portraits investigates all aspects of portraiture from domestic documentation and archive to the exploration of the self. Elegant and elusive, the exhibition embraces the ambiguity in life, death, and art; often translating the tension between universal human frailty and the totemic qualities of the human image that are central to visual art. Unframed Portraits captures the notion that identity is perhaps something more internal, more ephemeral, and more personal that what the eye may grasp on first glance.

The street is a blank canvas and its unpredictable scenes are the strokes of color that enhance my photography. My current project entitled In Public is a collection of the “ordinary” yet extraordinary happenings on the streets of places that I have visited with my camera. Using composition and natural light I explore those precious, inconsequential moments of public life. There is no methodical approach in the selection of my subjects—my choices come from an intuitive place and are fueled by an insatiable curiosity to take part in stories that unfold around me. The energy that lies behind the surface of daily life and the rawness of the candid shot inspire me and that is why I most often photograph people in their every day element. I believe the world exists beyond the bounds of what we can see and I am always searching for that through the lens of my camera.
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