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Space Stories

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Space Stories
Curated by: Hope Hilton

461 West 126th Street
New York, NY 10031
July 14th, 2007 - July 20th, 2007

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.chashama.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
harlem
EMAIL:  
janusz@chashama.org
PHONE:  
917 868 9677
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION

There is a solitude of space

A solitude of sea

A solitude of death,

but these Society

shall be Compared

with that profounder site

That polar privacy

A soul admitted to itself

 Finite infinity.

 

- Emily Dickinson

 

Beginning July 14, 2007 and running for one week, Space Stories presents work by nine artists who work with photography and video to investigate ideas of space. While space exists ad infinitum, atmosphere, landscape and relationships occupy this exhibition of works that reflect ideas of personal space, surveillance, the space of play and environmental space, as well as the boundaries that proliferate within these spaces.

 

Both Keliy Anderson-Staley and Anna Lise Jensen’s photographs explore ideas of utopian living spaces: Anderson-Staley documents fourteen families living off-the-grid in northern Maine, while Jensen’s work explores simultaneous vitality and vulnerability in a Danish Commune. Pamela Steinman’s portrait of the space between two people in a suburban living room brings attention to something that seems universal: the space between us. Cybele Lyle's video collages depict queer domestic spaces and ideas of play within these spaces, whereas Meredith Davenport interprets the play of men in real-life war reenactments influenced by video games and current events. Lauren Orchowski’s images depict sites of abandoned playgrounds- public space not being used. And while public and private space in the United States is currently being reconfigured, Ingrid Roe photographs the relationships between private selves and public observation using her camera as a tool of surveillance. Rebecca Loyche portrays individuals attending horse races, making portraits that are curiously intense and voyeuristic. Christina Dixcy’s vibrant color landscapes of the Badlands depict wide open spaces with surprising boundaries, making even the most seemingly infinite space seem occupied.

 

Artists included in Space Stories: Keliy Anderson-Staley, Christina Dixcy, Meredith Davenport, Anna Lise Jensen, Rebecca Loyche, Cybele Lyle, Lauren Orchowski, Ingrid Roe, Pamela Steinman