February 21, 2020
My friend and collaborator Ben Alper and I have a pop-up show up at 140 W Franklin St. Suite 160 in downtown Chapel Hill, NC from Feb 21 through March 22.
Jockey’s Ridge in Nag’s Head has changed in shape over thousands of years and continues to move incrementally southward to this day, threatening nearby homes and roads. There have been large scale and costly attempts to stem this natural process, which highlights the often fraught relationship between human behavior and the “natural” environment.
In photographing Jockey’s Ridge, Ben Alper and Peter Hoffman sought to heighten the camera’s predisposition toward distortion, as a means of addressing the kind of intervention present (albeit invisibly) at the site. Whether that manifests through artificial or colored light, spatial confusion, performative gestures or the literal or metaphorical depiction of others, the resulting images foreground photographic decisions that ultimately implicate a human presence in this fragile landscape.
Their photographs will be displayed at 140 W. Franklin Street, Suite 160 from February 21 – March 22nd.
Thursdays and Fridays from 4-7 pm
Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6 pm
The 140 W. Franklin Street space is powered by Arts Everywhere, Chapel Hill Community Arts and Culture, and Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.https://www.unc.edu/event/the-living-dune/2020-02-21/
October 7, 2019
I am starting a new studio practice with two long time friends and photographers that I greatly respect. Sleeper.studio is a publishing project working with photography, design, and text to realize artists’ ideas in printed form. Our interests lie in cultivating a fluid studio practice that values open, collaborative and equitable relationships with artists.
Sleeper is Ben Alper, Peter Hoffman and Ross Mantle. It currently operates out of Durham, NC and Pittsburgh, PA.
We had a (very) soft launch over the weekend at Silver Eye Book Fair in Pittsburgh where the three of us sold work that we had all previously done and previewed some of our upcoming projects.
Please head over to the new website and sign up for the mailing list if you’re curious about what’s in the pipeline. This new collaborative venture will supplant my own personal photo book practice for the foreseeable future. Though our focus is mostly on the work of other artists, the three of us continue to make our own pictures and will likely publish some of our own work through from time to time.
June 18, 2018
Skee Mask – Compro
“A white, male, German artist, deceased in 2010, who came of age in the years of European Pop, Polke was known for his combining of materials and mediums—photographic, digital, textile, draughtsmanly, printerly and painterly—under the larger medium-umbrella of painting. But what does it mean to say that? The answer lies, still, within the institutional definition of painting, as well as in painting’s recent history. Which is to say that “painting” is still considered the primary medium in art museums and art schools, the one under whose heading large, ambitious work is made, and in which what we might call “material thought” of the first order is understood to take place—in which facture and techne are put to the service, not of craft alone or technique per se, but of some kind of thinking. Which also means that hybridity of this kind has now come to be seen as painting’s, rather than photography’s, province.“