Ampersand is happy to present "private pARTs". Following a very successful "Home" show in June 2009, Ampersand has re-invited the four local art aficionados/curators "Young Ampersand", Jesse Brown, Rachel Hooper, Saskia Mauro and Theodora Mauro.
Unsettled by the blurred fine line between the private and public arenas brought in by new technologies and contemporary social mores, Y.A. has chosen to investigate how illusions of intimacy and privacy, voyeurism, social networking, public persona building, exhibitionism, surveillance, alienation, globalization and loss of authenticity have all somehow informed the practices of 5 recent Art School graduates, all visual artists (mixed media, photography) linked to the San Francisco Bay Area:
Danielle Benson, Ryan Whittier Hale, Alan Miknis, Alexa Natanson, Sonja Smith.
"The relationship between public/private has long been negotiated, and perhaps the boundaries between the two have never been so blurred as in today’s age of constant Internet use and pervasive media. Using the dual existence of ampersand, a live/work space, as a jumping off point, we are interested in work that explores the conflicts, tensions, unions and coexistence of public/private, in all its forms. The 5 emerging artists in "private pARTs" are looking to analyze and question the ideas of public/private. The artists here curated all consider the intricacies of these relationships.
Danielle Benson's piece, presents a collection of found photographs, re-appropriates intimate personal moments; it embraces discarded memories and brings them back to life.
In his digital photographs, using himself as the primary subject/object, Ryan Whittier Hale explores the complexity of the individual, of exposed intimacy, and the fallacy of stereotypes. Alan Miknis' delicate paintings reflect on the complex relationship between the individual and the collective. Through the use of light and shadows Alexa Natanson's photographs play with the illusion of representation. Sonja Smith's mixed media piece exposes the hidden narratives buried within a deconstructed private object.
The playful title "private pARTs" may also be a sly commentary on the art business marketing practices. "
Young Ampersand June 2010
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