“I see you. Do you see me?” is another project under the curatorial direction of Susan Todd-Raque and Christian Bradley-West. This exhibition comprises the work of eight artists (William Boling, Jefferson Hayman, Beth Lilly, Rob McDonald, Laura Noel, Amira Price, Ansley West, and Christian Bradley-West) exploring the relationship between privacy, intimacy and voyeurism in a world increasingly removing the traditional boundaries between what is public and what is private.
As we move about in public we often reluctantly allow ourselves to be watched in stores, at the ATM, in the airport, and even in art galleries. Conversely we are drawn to watching other who are unaware of being seen in extremely personal circumstances. And beyond just the superficial being seen and watching, what is the intrinsic desire to connect and understand?
William Boling makes his everyday life in Atlanta part of his ongoing photographic archives. In “Cocoon” he has noted the time he spends in traffic, feeling the anonymity of urban “drivers in traffic” – strangers – who nonetheless have the odd shared experience. This archive contains stolen glimpses and grabbed views of men and women caught unawares in raw quotidian moments.
New York based artist Jefferson Hayman’s is deeply personal. Each image is like a slowly told short story, with surprising small details that draw into his poetic and timeless observations.
In “Your Holiness, Your Kind of Love”, Atlantan Beth Lilly explores the idea that we all traverse the public realm, often absorbed completely in memories from the past, worries about the future or agonizing over present relationships. The title for the series comes from a Bob Dylan song, Idiot Wind…”You’ll never know the hurt I suffer nor pain I rise above. I’ll never know the same about you, your holiness or your kind of love and it makes me feel so sorry.”
The work of Virginia writer and artist Rob McDonald is about hidden places. The Episcopal rectory attic where Tennesee Williams, tortured his whole life by tensions between the flesh and the spirit, closeted himself as a child. Back rooms and nooks of the boarding house where Thomas Wolfe, an inverted genius, grew up but never left in spirit. The quiet cellar and out building of Thomas Jefferson’s retreat, Poplar Forest, where he told friends he enjoyed “the solitude of a hermit.”
The last several years in Atlanta Laura Noel has been working on “Behind”, a series designed to put the viewer in a kind of secret garden of twenty-first century urban America, where something magical is behind the walls. Noel takes the viewer with her to find the casual mystery behind places and things found to be either unworthy of display or worthy of hiding.
Atlanta artist Amira Price has been concerned about surveillance, security and the growing lack of privacy, particularly in retail stores. The result is a cinematic series of constructed eerie, disturbing scenes about being watched by security cameras in store dressing rooms.
Ansley West, now residing in Taos, New Mexico, as a conceptual artist continues to tell stories through her photographs in this exhibit as she explores the decay of privacy regarding the human body and mind due to the rapid changes in our environment.
Always interested in how he as well as others experience the intrinsic desire to connect, Christian Bradley-West of Atlanta continues to watch and in reviving his self captures voyeuristic yet hauntingly beautiful keyhole images.
October 1-29, 2010
889 Morris Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30318