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Matt Austin

Chicago photographer/artist, Matt Austin, has created a body of work, WAKE, that is a narrative about tragic moments in his family’s life.  This project is about to become part of an experiment in the sharing of work.
Matt received the Illinois Artist Council Grant to produce an edition of 10 of the WAKE books. Each copy of WAKE is made up of a handmade clamshell box that houses four hardcover books and a ledger. On October 27, the edition will be distributed to ten people familiar to Matt, but don’t personally know one other. Their responsibility will be to read the book, sign the ledger like a library card, and register their book number location by zip code on a corresponding website.The reader will then decide who receives their copy of the book next, pass it on to the next person, and so on. The website will provide a visual for where each of the 10 books are in the world as well as a waiting list platform for requesting a book to be sent to you.

Matt received his BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago  and is teaching for the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Matt is the co-founder of the open digital lab LATITUDE (be sure to explore this amazing site), staff member of ACRE Artist Residency, co-founder of the art installation project known as TAIST, and a member of the pedagogical experiment The Mountain was a Gift. His photographs have been exhibited widely, including exhibitions at the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Catherine Edelman Gallery, NEXT: Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, the MDW Art Fair, including solo exhibitions at Johalla Projects and the University of Notre Dame. Soon, he will be re-releasing the second edition of “/” with EJ Hill for their two-person exhibition SLOW DANCE at RAID Projects in L.A. this November.

WAKE is currently on exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI in the show The Kids Are All Right.  The exhibition runs through January where it will then travel to the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC and the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA throughout 2013.

WAKE is a photographic and literary narrative that presents my account of several tragic moments regarding my family over the past 4 years. The story begins with e-mails between my dad and I exchanged over the days that followed a violent eviction from his apartment and my simultaneous arrival in Ireland to study abroad. 

In the following chapters, WAKE gives an account of three family deaths over a short few months, drawing comparisons between economic failure and physical mortality. While providing one of many stories of a family’s experience with economic devastation, the book poses an optimistic perspective of learned appreciation through difficulty.

Gregory Jones

When Gregory Jones shared his new project, Los Angeles, I experienced a bit of deja vu.  His photographs were transversing many of the same streets I travel on a daily basis and what may be a road trip for him, was unfortunately a reality for me.  These are images created with a disposable camera in preparation for a long term project.

After graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Fine Art Photography, Gregory received an artist residency in Bejing, China, currently he is working as the co-editor of the terrific Urbanautica Magazine  and working on his fine art photography.


Images from Los Angeles

Los Angeles, 2011In the Fall of 2011 I drove from
Rochester, NY to Los Angeles. where I spent three weeks working on the
first part of a long-term project. This isn’t the project.

When I left for my trip, I brought along about two dozen cheap disposable cameras. My intent with these was to make pictures that went against my normal formal style, and to make pictures that could most resemble pure documentation.

These pictures were made on the streets and highways of Los Angeles, as I drove around looking for places to make pictures.

Jessica Bruah, Ceremony for New Dam

Jessica Bruah, Ceremony for New Dam

Jessica Bruah

Ceremony for New Dam,
Lake Delton, Wisconsin , 2008
From the No Lake This Summer series
Website – JessicaBruah.com

Jessica Bruah received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2009 and her BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2004. She has exhibited work both nationally and internationally, including shows at Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City, Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, and Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe. In 2010 Bruah was awarded a Swing Space artist residency through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She also had two solo exhibitions in the past year: one in Fall of 2010 at Georgia College Museum for her project Stories, and one in the spring of 2011 at ACRE Projects in Chicago. In the fall of 2012 she will be a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. She blogs about her work at JessicaBruah.Tumblr.com.

Collection Photographers: News and Exhibitions

We are thrilled to report that a slew of our favorite collection photographers have had some great press lately for current or recent exhibitions. We are proud to call them colleagues and friends! Thank you to all of our collection photographers for constantly challenging our perception and perspectives and providing a platform for creative thought and engagement.

The PBS News Hour featured the Andre Kertesz: On Reading exhibition with a lengthy article accompanied by a short video. The exhibition was organized by the MoCP and is currently on view at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh until Feb 13, 2011.

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Photos by Dawoud Bey/Courtesy of Harn Museum of Art

The Harn Museum in Gainesville, FL is currently exhibiting two shows by Dawoud Bey: Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey and Dawoud Bey: First-Year Florida Project. The First Year Florida Project features about 20 photographs of 40 Univeristy of Florida students taken over an intense two-week artist residency in July.

Sarah Hoskins and her ongoing series The Homeplace were the focuses of an episode of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. For this project, Hoskins has been traveling for years back and forth from Illinois to small communities surrounding Lexington, Kentucky. As the article explains, “When she started taking photographs, she hoped to bring a historic part of America’s post-Civil War past to life. Ten years later, she’s become part of the community she came to observe.”

Ben Gest: Commisure is on view at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore through January 23, 2011. Michael O’Sullivan gave a great review of the show in the Washington Post. For O’Sullivan, the perspective in Gest’s images suggests that his subjects and environments “seem skewed or warped at impossible, even vertiginous angles” and “in some, the instability is so great that Gest’s subjects appear on the verge of sliding out of their frames.” Makes you want to go see it, right?

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, Ben Gest. Ben and Dawn, 2009

Grange Prize finalist Leslie Hewitt has won the Wein Artist prize from the Studio Museum in Harlem. Hewitt was awarded an unrestricted $50,000 prize, given to “an African-American artist of great innovation and promise.” Another Grange Prize finalist, Moyra Davey, was interviewed by Jane Adams for the Globe and Mail regarding her photographic practice and a few of her works. You can still see a few works by both Hewitt and Davey at the MoCP through December 22.

Laura Valenti and Don Frank are two artists in a two-person show at the Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Oregon, through December 8. Valenti’s The Family Home and Frank’s Oooh Isn’t It Pretty both explore environmentally sensitive themes. Read more from this Coast Weekend review.

And finally, Flavorpill highlighted the photographs of Herb Ritts and put together a pretty nice slide show of his work.

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Herb Ritts, Richard Gere, San Bernandino, 1978