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Not Original To Its Location

Not Original To Its Location

Opening Reception: Saturday January 21, 7-10pm Exhibition Dates: January 21 – February 19, 2017 This exhibition brings together two photographers who dive into the human body through surgeries, implants and medical waste. Erin Neve uses her own experience with surgery to create her still lifes. Sarah Sudhoff explores the material that is discarded after an important history. Erin Neve In the series Suture, I build still-lifes as metaphors for human anatomy and surgical dissection. Using documentation of a personal past surgery as visual reference, I recreate the surgical scene as staged dioramas using draped fabrics and foodstuffs as material to resemble human flesh, internal organs, and abject post-surgical scenes. The images are visceral and seductive, oftentimes referencing the aesthetic of Dutch still-life paintings and vanitas as well as its tradition of contemplation on symbolic objects. I build these body-like objects out of bread-dough, honey, syrup, jam, and other food (food is an intimate extension of the body and contains repulsive and seductive qualities; food can dictate power in acts such as fasting, dieting, or celebration). In many photos in Suture, the bread-dough skin in punctured or sliced, and I attempt to repair the wound using imprecise and unsteady sutures with a needle and tread. Although the sutures are rough and crudely attempted, this act of reparation mirrors my attempt to heal my body through surgical intervention. Bio b. El Paso, TX Erin Neve is a photographic artist based in the Washington DC area. Erin received her MFA in photography from The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2012. She received her MA in philosophy in 2006 where she focused her research on Aesthetics and Photographic Theory. Her work has been exhibited nationally in Minneapolis, Chicago, Austin, and San Antonio as well as internationally in Beijing, China and Turku, Finland. Erin is currently Assistant Professor of Photography at Shepherd University. Sarah Sudhoff I am continuously fascinated by the residual histories of a particular object. In my latest body of work, Precious Metal, I explore medical implant recycling, a common practice for most crematoriums in the United States and abroad. As an environmentally conscious individual, I’m interested in the duality of a process which both conserves natural resources while at the same time gives new life to these otherwise discarded artifacts. By interrupting the reclaiming process, I preserve the history of a medical implant and highlight the unique markings left on its surface by both the body and the cremation process. Bio Sarah Sudhoff is an artist, photographer, educator and former photo editor for Texas Monthly and Time magazines. She served as Executive Director of the Houston Center for Photography. Just recently, Sudhoff opened Capsule Gallery dedicated to exhibiting contemporary photography and craft. In 2012, Sudhoff was an artist-in-residence at Artpace, San Antonio, Texas and Anne Strainchamps interviewed Sudhoff on her series At the Hour of Our Death for a segment titled Minding Mortality for the NPR program To the Best of Our Knowledge. Sudhoff holds a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Parsons the New School for Design, NY and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Elizabeth Chiles & John Swanger opening reception

Elizabeth Chiles & John Swanger opening reception

Opening Reception: Friday, December 9, 7-10pm Exhibition Dates: December 9 – January 15, 2017 Artist Talk: Sunday, December 18, 2pm The exhibition Lumens & Currents comes out of several years of dialogue between the artists regarding their work and inquires into life. The artists’ works interact and form conversations around questions of luminosity, surface, materials, color and practices of close attention. Elizabeth Chiles will be showing several new works made with a range of techniques and processes. These include collaged photo-based works, a group of lumen prints in which the inner lives of plants seem to radiate from within, a large tapestry on semi-transparent fabric and a group of paintings made with fruit and flower pigments, whose photosynthetic nature will cause them to expose and shift throughout the course of the exhibition. John Swanger will be showing paintings from a recent body of work, Current Paintings, which explore structure and spaciousness. Related works give further insight into his sensibility and relationship to materials. In addition, he will be showing a selection of aluminum leaf works on reclaimed landscape or flower paintings. These works emphasize the topography of painting, the desire to reconstruct images and meanings, and speak to the mirrored aspects of looking. Elizabeth Chiles holds a BA in Art History from Columbia University and an MFA in photography from San Francisco Art Institute. She was a lecturer from 2009 – 2015 at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University and Southwestern University. Her work was included in 15 to Watch at The Austin Museum of Art, in the Texas Biennial, and Talent in Texas, curated by Kerry Inman at Fotofest and Houston Center for Photography. Her recent solo show at Pump Project was nominated for Best Solo Exhibition by the Austin Critics Table. She is a founding member of the collective Lakes Were Rivers, a group whose shows include, Strange Pilgrims at The Contemporary Austin, Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive at The Harry Ransom Center and Dark Matter at Vanderbilt University. Her project at Grayduck gallery is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. John Swanger (b. Lancaster, Pa.) graduated from Yale University, BA, Art. Gallery shows and representation have included, in New York, the John Weber Gallery, Galerie Lelong and the Gallery at Takashimaya. In Los Angeles, the Margo Leavin Gallery, Kiyo Higashi Gallery and Thomas Solomon's Garage. In Texas, exhibitions through Big Medium, the 2009 Texas Biennial and the 2016 Hunting Prize finalist exhibition. His work is in many collections, including, The Capital Group, The Progressive Corporation, Ritz-Carlton, Yale University and The Zen Center of Los Angeles. He lives and works in Austin, Texas.

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Elizabeth Chiles & John Swanger opening reception

Elizabeth Chiles & John Swanger opening reception

Opening Reception: Friday, December 9, 7-10pm Exhibition Dates: December 9 – January 15, 2017 The exhibition Lumens & Currents comes out of several years of dialogue between the artists regarding their work and inquires into life. The artists’ works interact and form conversations around questions of luminosity, surface, materials, color and practices of close attention. Elizabeth Chiles will be showing several new works made with a range of techniques and processes. These include collaged photo-based works, a group of lumen prints in which the inner lives of plants seem to radiate from within, a large tapestry on semi-transparent fabric and a group of paintings made with fruit and flower pigments, whose photosynthetic nature will cause them to expose and shift throughout the course of the exhibition. John Swanger will be showing paintings from a recent body of work, Current Paintings, which explore structure and spaciousness. Related works give further insight into his sensibility and relationship to materials. In addition, he will be showing a selection of aluminum leaf works on reclaimed landscape or flower paintings. These works emphasize the topography of painting, the desire to reconstruct images and meanings, and speak to the mirrored aspects of looking. Elizabeth Chiles holds a BA in Art History from Columbia University and an MFA in photography from San Francisco Art Institute. She was a lecturer from 2009 – 2015 at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University and Southwestern University. Her work was included in 15 to Watch at The Austin Museum of Art, in the Texas Biennial, and Talent in Texas, curated by Kerry Inman at Fotofest and Houston Center for Photography. Her recent solo show at Pump Project was nominated for Best Solo Exhibition by the Austin Critics Table. She is a founding member of the collective Lakes Were Rivers, a group whose shows include, Strange Pilgrims at The Contemporary Austin, Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive at The Harry Ransom Center and Dark Matter at Vanderbilt University. Her project at Grayduck gallery is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. John Swanger (b. Lancaster, Pa.) graduated from Yale University, BA, Art. Gallery shows and representation have included, in New York, the John Weber Gallery, Galerie Lelong and the Gallery at Takashimaya. In Los Angeles, the Margo Leavin Gallery, Kiyo Higashi Gallery and Thomas Solomon's Garage. In Texas, exhibitions through Big Medium, the 2009 Texas Biennial and the 2016 Hunting Prize finalist exhibition. His work is in many collections, including, The Capital Group, The Progressive Corporation, Ritz-Carlton, Yale University and The Zen Center of Los Angeles. He lives and works in Austin, Texas.

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