Newman Popiashvili Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new photographs by Mark Woods. Four days a week for the last six years, Woods has lain on his psychoanalyst's couch and tried to free associate. He shot all the photographs in this exhibition within a few hours after getting up from that couch, which explains the most literal reading of the exhibition title, but more figurative readings get us closer to his intentions: After, as in following, seeking, behind, in allusion to, despite, over and done with. Analysis, as in examination, interpretation, separation, psychoanalysis and its free association.
Because the pictures in the show were arrived at and edited so associatively, this show marks a new direction for Woods, whose previous solo shows with the Gallery have comprised pictures shot and edited analytically--according to strict rules of composition, inclusion, and juxtaposition.
Each photograph in this show embodies a tension between the conceptual and the visual. Visually, by depicting ordinary physical things in a peculiar under/over relationship. Conceptually, by suggesting such relations as unconscious to conscious, death to resurrection, subtext to text, reconstructed past to anticipated future, and figurative to literal. Which is to say, conceptual to visual. So that these pictures are allegories of their own viewing.
This exhibition studies the tension between tensions: tension between elements depicted in a photograph, tension within a photograph's imagery, tension between the associations a viewer brings to a photograph, tension between viewer and photograph.
One photograph in the show, Il Gattopardo, gets its name from the title of a book barely visible in the storefront that is the photo's subject. Called The Leopard in English and written in Italian by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the novel is best known for a line spoken by one of its characters, Tancredi: "If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change."
Mark Woods lives and works in New York. He received an A.B. in Philosophy from Harvard College and an M.F.A. in Photography from Arizona State University. Art museums owning his photographs in their permanent collections include: the Yale University Art Gallery; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.