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Over the past two decades\, Connie Samaras has used photo graphy and video to represent particular built environments she characteriz es as “speculative landscapes” against the backdrop of daily life. She expl ores the aspirations and anxieties of the imagined future – how the US drea ms itself – along with the psychological and social dislocation within the everyday.

Samaras reveals the paradoxes of these surreal envir onments – vast\, impersonal constructions such as the cities of Las Vegas a nd Dubai and the remote\, scientific colonies of the South Pole or Spacepor t America\, an emerging corporate space launch facility in the remote deser t of New Mexico. Her objective is to unhinge the speculative from the norma tive and thus illuminate the multiple timelines and social possibilities – the rich subjectivity – in any given moment of daily life. Works from six c ompleted series will be presented – Angelic States-Event Sequence\, Aft er the American Century\, V.A.L.I.S. (Vast Action Living Intelligence Syste m)\, and Spaceport America – as well as works from the ongoin g series Surface Events. Collectively\, the works in Tales of Tomorrow address the social and economic construction of “future imagi naries” and the variable membrane between fiction and real world.

In addition to featuring works from the six series noted above\, this s urvey exhibition debuts Edge of Twilight\, new photography from th e first part of an expansive trilogy that launches a conceptual turn in Sam aras’ work. Historically the artist’s projects\, such as those shot in Duba i and South Pole\, depict the future imaginaries of global capitalism\, or how the future is held out as a singular p robability. Edge of Twilight looks at humble and everyday future i maginaries inflected by social change movements\, in which the future is se en as a series of shifting possibilities. Featuring photographs of homes in a women’s retirement RV park in the desert of the U.S. southwest\, Edg e of Twilight borrows from the genres of time travel and tourism liter ature as way to reconsider the intersecting complexity of marginalized\, cr oss-generational personal experience and political histories. The long expo sures of the photographs and the vapor light under which they were shot cre ate an enigmatic environment in which black skies and yellow RVs are punctu ated by the vivid colors of rainbow flags.

Tales of Tomorrow is the largest and most sign ificant exhibition of Connie Samaras’ work to date. The exhibition is accom panied by a full-color\, 108-page\, hard-cover catalogue edited and with an introduction by exhibition curator Irene Tsatsos and texts by Charlotte Co tton\, Lisa E. Bloom\, Juli Carson\, Ken Gonzalez-Day\, Alice Echols\, Kate Flint\, Julie Lazar\, Catherine Opie\, Kavita Philip\, Claire Phillips\, A nna Joy Springer\, Tyler Stallings\, Roberto Tejada\, and Matias Viegener. The catalogue was designed by Lorraine Wild of Green Dragon Office and is b eing distributed by D.A.P. The exhibition and publication have been support ed by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Pasadena Art A lliance. In addition\, the artist received support from Creative Capital fo r the production of Edge of Twilight.

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About the Artist< br />Connie Samaras was born in Albuquerque\, New Mexico in 1950. She has exhibited for over twenty-five years\, mounting solo shows at venue s such as the California Museum of Photography\, the San Francisco Art Inst itute\, Detroit Art Institute\, School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston \, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions\, and Franklin Furnace. A full prof essor at University of California/Irvine\, Samaras has received more than f our-dozen research and production grants from foundations such as the Calif ornia Community Foundation\, the National Science Foundation\, Anonymous Wa s A Woman\, Art Matters\, Banff\, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to an extensive record of exhibitions and lectures\, Samaras ha s published feminist critiques of the culture wars in the late ‘80s/early ‘ 90s (New Art Examiner\, ArtForum\, New York Law Schoo l Review)\; edited texts on technology and the cultural production of death (Terminals)\; and written experimental fiction (Whitewal ls\, Central Park) and critical narrative (The Scholar an d the Feminist Online\, Remix: Santiago Bose).
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This exhibition and publication supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Pasadena Art All iance. In addition\, the artist received support from Creative Capital for the production of the Edge of Twilight series.

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