Art inevitably bears the marks of the time in which it was made. In the past year we have witnessed the fall of dictatorships and governments around the world, seen the ebb and flow of wars, and experienced the collapse of weakened economies as others struggle to regain some semblance of balance. The accelerated turmoil and uncertainty in the current social and political spheres is seeping into the language of expression, just at the moment in which photography itself is undergoing dramatic evolution from analog to digital. The photographs in this juried members' exhibition bear subtle traces of the uncertain and often tumultuous climate in which they were made.
Featuring work by: Amanda Boe; Sparky Campanella; Sophie Tianxin Chen; Sarah Christianson; Terri Garland; Scott Hopkins; Hiroyo Kaneko; Melissa Kaseman; Linda Levinson; Paccarik Orue; Ethan Rafal; Cynthia Rettig; Tealia Ellis Ritter; Matthew Shain; Donna J. Wan; and Terri Warpinski. Transient States was organized by curator Lisa Sutcliffe.
Curator's bio: Lisa Sutcliffe is an Assistant Curator in the photography department at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2009 she organized The Provoke Era: Postwar Japanese Photography, and Photography Now: China, Japan, Korea. This summer she will organize Naoya Hatakeyama: Natural Stories for SFMOMA. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2001 and received an M.A. in art history from Boston University in 2006.