Framing Selves | Alex Emmons, Arthur Fields, Anne Leighton Massoni, Libby Rowe and Stafford Smith

March 1st, 2016  |  Published in EXHIBITIONS, PAST EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

March 26 – April 30, 2016 Exhibitions
Opening Reception Saturday, March 26, 2016, 7 – 9PM

Arthur Fields

Arthur Fields

Framing Selves |  Alex Emmons, Arthur Fields, Anne Leighton Massoni, Libby Rowe and Stafford Smith
Downstairs Back BOX

Framing Selves attempts to highlight the diverse results of incorporating one’s self to the traces of self reflected through a variety of photographic approaches and output media from smart phones to black and white photography to performance. How do we trace ourselves within the photographic frame? How can a picture projected remind ourselves of cultural expectations to our own normalcy? We are still influenced by Hippolyte Bayard’s Self-Portrait as a Drowned Man because we are surrounded by selfies reflecting our everyday circumstances. Like Bayard, we know how to reflect our challenges and self-identity within the picture frame. For Bayard, he was faking his drowned death from his disgruntled response to his photographic discovery being hidden so that Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre’s contributions would remain paramount. Today, everyone is documenting their ins and outs as a selfie. For our exhibition, we will present the diverse representations of self-portraiture to highlight our circumstances and creative responses.

The Libby Rowe, artist, will be present at the opening reception of Framing Selves from 7 – 9PM for selfie and groupie photo opportunities. Participants will be asked to post any photos to Instagram with the hashtags #thelibbyrowe and #ImwithLibby. Each participant will be gifted a takeaway for their participation.

Alex Emmons grew up in rural upstate New York, near the Catskills. She attended Denison University for her BA in Studio Art and received her MFA in Photography from Arizona State University. Since leaving her first home in Middleburgh, New York, Emmons has moved, traveled and lived abroad extensively. She is influenced by her family’s migratory patterns and immigration history. My current projects embody a diverse visual terrain that reflects an intellectual curiosity and a myriad of emotions encompassed by ideas related to domesticity and being “away from home”. Alex Emmons has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally. Emmons is an adjunct faculty for the University of Oklahoma, where her students inspire her every day.

Arthur Fields completed a Master of Fine Arts in Photography in May of 2011 at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. He earned a BFA in Digital Imaging and Photography at Washington University in St. Louis in 2008. While maintaining a love for abstraction and the portrait; Field’s current photographic work deals with self-image and technology relationships. With backgrounds in training and development, and graphic design, his academic research concentrates on using popular social media such as Instagram and Tumblr in the classroom. He is an Assistant Professor of Art and currently teaches photography and runs the Shircliff Gallery, at Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN.

Anne Leighton Massoni, is the Program Director of Photography at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to teaching at UArts she has held positions at Marshall University, Cornell University, Tyler School of Art, Washington College, Memphis College of Art, and Monmouth University. Massoni graduated with an MFA in Photography from Ohio University and BAs in Photography and Anthropology from Connecticut College. Her work relates to ideas of both real and fabricated memories, using a variety of film and digital techniques. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including the H. F. Johnson Museum in New York, The Print Center in Philadelphia, The Sol Mednick Gallery in Philadelphia, NIH in Washington, DC, the Allen Sheppard Gallery in New York City, Newspace Gallery in Portland, Rayko in San Francisco, the East End Film Festival in London, England, the 2013 International Mobile Innovation Screening in New Zealand and Australia, and IlCantinonearte Teatri e Galleria del Grifo in Montepulciano, Italy. Recent publications of her work include ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art and SpostaMenti, an exhibition catalog of her series “Holding” and The Photograph & The Album, Published by MuseumsEtc in England. She serves as the Vice Chair of the National Board of the Society for Photographic Education.

Libby Rowe received her BFA from the University of Northern Iowa and her MFA from Syracuse University. Rowe’s current photographic work, Dwellings, explores the emotional state of dwelling through the construction and photographing of small sculptural houses. This series was exhibited during Fotoseptiembre 09 at the UTSA satellite space in the Blue Star complex and will be on display at the Grand Prix FotoFestiwal 2010 in Lodz, Poland. Through Pink, Rowe explores the sociological, physiological and psychological aspects of femininity using image, object and installations. Rowe exhibits her photographs and mixed media objects and installations across the country and internationally. She has taught photography and digital imaging since 1996 and is currently the head of the photography area at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Stafford Smith was raised in the wilds of upstate New York fending off hillbillies and refusing to chew tobacco. He earned his BA at Wesleyan University with a major in printmaking and his MFA at Cornell in photography. He currently teaches photography at Grand Valley State University. Stafford Smith has been fascinated with the brutality of photography and how it shoves aside the real for its representation. His personal work has been concerned with the act of representation itself and how culture, the unconscious and desire work together to shape it.

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