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Museum of Contemporary Photography

Exhibition Detail
Phantoms in the Dirt
Curated by: Karsten Lund
Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

July 25th, 2014 - October 5th, 2014
July 24th, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Santa Fe to Billings, Greg StimacGreg Stimac, Santa Fe to Billings,
2009, Archival pigment print
© Collection of Museum of Contemporary Photography, 2009.347
Remains, Adam Schreiber/USAdam Schreiber/US, Remains, 2012
© Courtesy of the Artist and Museum of Contemporary Photography
As the Moon Turns in Space (detail), Anya GallaccioAnya Gallaccio,
As the Moon Turns in Space (detail), 2011
© Courtesy of the Artist and Museum of Contemporary Photography
Souvenir, Shane WardShane Ward, Souvenir, 2012-2014
© Courtesy of the Artist and Museum of Contemporary Photography
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Michigan Ave/Downtown
Mon-Wed; 10-5; Thurs 10-8; Sat 10-5; Sun 12-5

The sixteen artists in this exhibition present an array of physical remnants and enigmatic traces, ranging from cryptic objects to the marks of human activity in rugged landscapes. Searching for phantoms in the dirt, so to speak, their works reckon with the facts of matter, the nature of photographic imagery, and the forces (sometimes invisible) that leave their mark on our surroundings. In doing so, they are also considering how the visible and the tangible—or sometimes what our senses can't apprehend at all—shape our encounters with the world around us or generate mutable senses of meaning. Perhaps tellingly, their work is often both matter-of-fact and mysterious, an empirical approach even giving way to atmospheric or inscrutable results. At the same time, these works offer a range of outlooks on the possibilities of photography and sculpture. One medium would seem to favor the aloof image, the other matter itself; both, however, offer myriad ways to examine, or grapple with, the material world, whether at its most substantial or elusive. 


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