It is certain today, more than ever, that generations of artists and theorists to come will examine the changed potential of the still image. The medium of photograph has been (re)shaping the world and serving our endless hunger for visual culture. Consider what happened during the period of the previous 100 years and then consider what has changed solely in the past decade… Platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and various blogs and other websites, became a regular way of disseminating a vast amount of visual information. In the vastness of images, who is a curator and who is a creator? Does it even matter anymore?
The Art(ists) of Photography
John Baldessari, Larry Sultan, Mike Mandel and Richard Prince try to investigate what could be reimagined from the symbolism of recognizable imagery. They source depictions from the popular culture and government archives of the 1970s and 1980s in order to create new works of art which will serve as question marks for the generations to come… Erik Kessels, taking up the roles of curator and creator, explores the notions of power, experience, beauty and materiality of amateur pictures at a time when images are widely consumed online. Interestingly, within 24 Hrs in Photos, the artist “plays” with the role of the photograph in the digital world by printing every picture that has been uploaded over the course of one day on Flickr. In the work of Matt Lipps, we are able to see how our understanding and the construction of meaning is, in fact, mediated through our experience with visual culture, namely images. Hank Willis Thomas proposes the question of our relation to the field of the culture of remembrance, by appropriating historical photographs and presenting them in memorial flag frames… With the work of Daniel Gordon or Rashid Rana, we have forms of pseudo-collages – recombined photographs that the artist created from images which can be found on the Web. Viktoria Binsctok presents the results of Google Street View of New York City, together with her photographs taken on the same locations. Finally, Melissa Catanese and the Archive of Modern Conflict curate (and through this create) a selection of images from Pilara Foundation collection.
About Pier 24
Pier 24 Photography is an exhibition space devoted to photography, which hosts rotating exhibitions and houses The Pilara Foundation Collection. Here, the admirers of the art of photography can reflect upon the creative outputs of photographers, collectors and curators, exchanging ideas with the public. With these sentiments in mind, Pier 24 works toward deeper understanding, promotion an advancing the creative process of the photographic medium. This is, more often than not, achieved through collaboration with local institutions.
Secondhand is an exhibition with a goal of creating a situation where the public can reflect on the role of images in society, through the critical eyes of the artists involved. The works presented within Secondhand echoes the current state of our visual culture and its postmodern nature. Notions of appropriation, construct, sharing and so on, are questioned as part of the work of some very inspiring individuals. Artists included in the exhibition are: Richard Prince, Rashid Rana, Mike Mandel, Matt Lipps, Maurizio Anzeri, John Baldessari, Hank Willis Thomas, Larry Sultan, Joachim Schmid, Viktoria Binschtok, Melissa Catanese, Daniel Gordon, Erik Kessels as well as selections from the Archive of Modern Art. The artwork is on show at Pier 24, in the period between August 2014 and May 2015.
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