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Underage: Young Photographers

The amazing editor, Alison Zavos of the Feature Shoot blog, and visonary gallery director, Amanda Gorence have curated an exhibition, Underage, featuring six young photographers who document the the joys and travails of growing up in today’s world. Their photographs reveal a savvy and insight into a way of visual thinking that belies the calendar, truly remarkable as they are at an age where most of us were still picking the lint out of our belly buttons and wondering what to do with our lives.

The exhibition is at Pier 3 Uplands in Brooklyn Bridge Park and is part of Photoville, a unique photo village build from shipping containers.  Photoville and the Underage Exhibition will run through July 1st.

Select images from Underage

Aiden Morse

Growing up the secluded Australian island of Tasmania with only half a million inhabitants, it makes sense why Aiden Morse’s photographs convey a sense of lonliness.  Seventeen-year-old Morse started making photographs at 15, experimenting with both film and digital.  “For this series, I’ve been playing around with the aesthetic of ’70s and ’80s sci-fi and horror films, ” said Morse.  Morse’s inspriations are names; Edward Hopper, Gregory Crewdson, Steven Spielberg, and Stanley Kubrick; all men who evoke a sense of solitude or dramatic eeriness in their respective media.

“For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with observing adolescence and the transition to adulthood,” said 20- year-old Charlie Brophy.  The Australian photographer has been photographing teenage ambiguity since she fell in love with the darkroom at age 15.  “I am interested in the responsibilities teenagers take on between the transition from adolescence to adulthood…and the freedom of sexual androgyny that youth of today explore,” said Brophy.

Claire Oring

Claire Oring’s dreamy photos tell stories of nature, mysticism, and folklore, and centers around coming of age girls and their youthful perspectives. Oring credits her signature romantic and mystical themes to her love of art history.  “I look up to a lot of classical painters from the Renasissance and the Romantic ers…and the Pre-Raphaelites,” said Oring.  “The tell a story in each painting.”

 Lissy Laricchia

At the age of 18, Lissy Elle Laricchia is legally an adult, but her photos of tea parties, levitating girls in the forst, and poised ballerinas still have a firm grasp on childhood.  “Nothing inspires me like childish things…the love of learning and exploring what we as adults lose along the way,” said Laricchia.

Olivia Bee, born Olivia Bolles, is a
17-year-old photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Her intimate photos of
friends, youth, and falling in love for the first time feel like pages ripped
out of Bee’s own diary. “Everything can last forever when you’re 15 or 16,”
said Bee. “I think it’s one of the purest forms of love.”

From 2010 to 2011, 22 year-old Violet Forest documented her sister Vickie’s life.  She ended up with a raw and revealing look into her 24-year-old sibling’s struggles, romantic battles, and moments of peach that “depend on the familial intimacy between two sisters to explore the complexities of the individual,” said Forest.

Polixeni Papapetrou

Australian photographer, Polixeni Papapetrou, may live in Melbourne, but her work is circling the globe. Just in 2011, her photographs will be seen in Slovakia, Greece, New York, Aix-en-Provence, Paris, Seoul, Germany, Taipei, and various cities in Australia.

Image from Haunted Country, 2006

After discovering a work of Diane Arbus, Polixeni was first drawn to photography. Much of her work is inspired by her own childhood in Melbourne. Her surreal images explore dreams, adolescence, and nods to literature such as Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Her work is that of a child’s imagination and reminds the viewer of a time when all was possible if you could dream it. The work is staged in the Australian landscape, children take on characteristics of animals, and fanciful beings–she sees children straddling the line of play and imagination, but also forming their identities in the adult world.

“In dressing up and wearing masks, the children, like actors, perform identities other than their own. They appear as something we immediately recognize, but are fantastically hybridized, losing their child identity and adopting the sublime identities of the mask. Beneath the mask, the child’s image is both present and absent, tangible and intangible. They can dream up alternative worlds, but also reflect sardonically upon the one they share with adults.

Many of the landscapes Papapetrou has staged these dramas in are portentous—as if at the edge of a space or the end of an epoch—conveying some of the wonder that children might entertain in entering the animal kingdom. The children as animals dance upon their own liminal world between fantasy and theatre, mythology and reality, archetype and free play, male and female, child and adult and of course animal and human. Within these ambiguities, Papapetrou fathoms the space that children occupy in our understanding and wonder how they might bestride the stage of art.”

NYMPhoto has an interesting interview with Polixeni from 2008

Images from The Dreamkeepers, 2011

Images from Between Worlds, 2009

Images from Games of Consequence, 2008

Images from Dreamchild, 2003

New Videos: Nicole Robson and Daniel Kaufmann from reGeneration2

Nicole Robson and Daniel Kaufmann, artists from reGeneration2, are focusing their work on re-creating domestic scenes. Using different approaches from digital to physical reconstructions, they both reveal the impact of consumer society and the fatalism of modern people today.

In this clip, Australian photographer Nicole Robson explains the process of her work from building a domestic environment from scratch, to selecting her subjects, and playing with the outside light. Robson speaks about how she tries to convey an image of the modern family and domestic environment in a theatrical, superficial way, evoking also a feeling of nostalgia.

In this clip below, photographer Daniel Kaufmann guides us through his work of digital constructions from photographs of real homes. By combining ordinary environments as well as commercial catalogs from retail stores, Kaufmann reveals how advertising photography influences our lifestyles.

reGeneration2: tomorrow’s photographers today exhibition is still on view for another week at Aperture Gallery and stay tuned for more artists’ interviews on the blog!

Click here to purchase the accompanying publication of reGeneration2: tomorrow Photographer’s Today

Click here to view limited-edition prints by artists from reGeneration2