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Project 9: New Narrative
Curator: Nicole White
Show Dates: August 28 – October 31, 2015
Events: Artist Talk: October 2, 7:00-8:00 pm; Opening Reception: October 3, 6:30-8:30 pm
Participating Artists: Benjamin Martinkus, Jordan Tate, Joey Versoza
Image and meaning are not fused and that is more apparent now than ever.
Zephyr Gallery is proud to present Project 9: New Narrative, an exhibition of works by Benjamin Martinkus, Jordan Tate, and Joey Versoza, curated by Nicole White. The exhibition reflects upon and attempts to dissect the various modes of photographic depiction within contemporary image making. Photography is the most pervasive medium; it has been incorporated into every aspect of our lives. This atypical state makes it the most challenging to pin down. Along with that, the current dominance of screen-based image viewing presents a completely new iteration of the photograph as an intentionally ephemeral moment. With these ideas in mind, we are left with one question: What do images do for us now?
The artists in New Narrative employ an array of tactics to examine (and undermine) the slippery state of photography via photographic history, cultural references, and technological shifts. The product of these investigations is not, however, entirely photographic. While the image may be a starting point, the artists consider how critical context is to the inherent meaning and experience of an image. Through very deliberate image making and appropriation colliding with sculpture and installation, the final works are studies in the boundaries of the photographic. They point very directly to the critical importance of images, but complicate it through highlighting the very muddy waters of creating meaning through presentation.
Benjamin Martinkus teaches Art and Photography at the Herron School of Art & Design. He earned his Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005. He has shown nationally at institutions including: Heaven Gallery in Chicago, the Harn Museum of the Arts in Gainesville Florida, and Herron’s Basile & Marsh Galleries in Indianapolis.
Jordan Tate is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Cincinnati. Tate, a Fulbright Fellow (2008-2009), has a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Indiana University. Tate’s work is currently held in collections nationwide, including Rhizome at the New Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Bidwell Projects, the Cincinnati Art Museum, The Columbus Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Recent exhibitions of his works include: Herron School of Art, PH Gallery (UK), Higher Pictures (NYC), The Photographer Gallery (London, UK), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland.
Joey Versoza is an artist based in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. He has shown in multiple group shows in Chicago, New York, Baltimore, and Cincinnati. His first solo museum show, curated by Justine Ludwig, opened in Fall 2013 at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH. He received his BFA at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he also teaches as adjunct faculty.
Nicole White is an artist, curator, historian, and writer. Currently, she is a Photography Lecturer in the School of Art & Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky. Recent exhibitions include: Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL, Dossier Outpost, New York, NY, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Detroit, MI, and Johalla Projects, Chicago, IL.
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