Barclay Hughes & Matt O'Shea: Where Are You Now?
02/28/12, 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Duane Reed Gallery presents the latest work of acclaimed artist Barclay Hughes. Exhibition opens Friday, February 17th with a reception that evening 5 ? 8pm. The exhibition will run through March 31st.
Barclay Hughes (MFA Yale 2000) and Matthew O?Shea (MFA Washington
University 2007) share a working method and a theme in their new photographic works.Both are photographers, fully embracing mainstream technologies to mold photographic information to their unique visual vocabularies.
Freed from the constraints of chemical based photography, Hughes and O?Shea?s work take the digital information of their images into their own hands. Both artists stitch, shape, rearrange, scale and blend what is normally thought of as ?truthful? photographic imagery of the real world into imagined scenes that reflect more specific and personal narratives.
The themes of dislocation and disconnection are the shared stories in Hughes and O?Shea?s work. Made more ?real? by being photographic, both artists? work depicts moments of transient isolation in plaintively beautiful locations. Although the two artists, theme is similar, their works look very different, highlighting the individual visual language each has invented.
?Where Are You Now?? is the product of two St. Louis artists collaborating in the brave, new world of fine art digital photography. By leaving behind the sentimental attachments of film emulsion and silver halide chemistry, Hughes and O?Shea
demonstrate the power of new technologies to birth new forms of expression.
Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Ave. St. Louis, MO 63108
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