I am not so Different

Curated by Rachel Cook

Artists:
Duncan Ganley
Anna Krachey
Jessica Mallios
Adam Shreiber
Erin Shirreff
Augusta Wood

June 27 – August 5, 2009

I Am Not So Different illustrates the affinities and dissimilarities that may be found in a chosen group of photographs. The selected images, while being abstract, are not so far from being grounded in our experience of reality. Each artist works within the “frame” of photography to produce images that evoke an uncanny, even eerie quality. The works’ subjects include mundane or banal objects found at the Harry Ransom Center, objects the artists have collected, ordinary handmade yet elusive clay objects, text from memory inserted into the landscape, and the collusion of real and fictional spaces. Gathered into a collective viewing, the photographs present their differences as a place for shared common ground. It is through these differences that an overlap and intersection is revealed.

About the Artists:
Duncan Ganley’s practice examines the extent to which our experience of the real is informed by the language of fiction. Ganley is based in London where he is conducting research at the Kingston Museum’s Eadweard Muybridge Collection. Ganley is represented by Inman Gallery, Houston and working on a solo exhibition for Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University, London.

Anna Krachey questions materialism and the real pleasures (tangible and intangible) that come from the act of photographing materials, hence creating a new material. Krachey currently has a solo exhibition entitled Trophies at Box 13 Artspace in Houston. She lives and works in Austin and is represented by Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas.

Jessica Mallios incorporates a studio practice that manipulates artifice and de-masks objects in space, as well as confuses the context by creating dislocated perspectives. Mallios lives and works in Austin and teaches at the University of Texas and Texas State University. She has been recently exhibited at the Creative Research Laboratory and Okay Mountain in Austin.

Adam Schreiber’s photographs reposition institutional objects within an isolating framework and highlight aspects of a mundane, heightened reality in the process of absorption. Schreiber lives and works in Austin and teaches at St. Edwards University and the University of Texas. He has been exhibited at The Harry Ransom Center in Austin and Lawndale Art Center in Houston.

Erin Shirreff explores how we create meaning day to day, how we anthropomorphize familiar things or project narratives onto our surroundings and ourselves. Shirreff will be presenting a solo exhibition of photographs at the 2009 Frieze Art Fair in London this fall. She lives and works in New York City and is represented by Lisa Cooley.

Augusta Wood is interested in ways of mapping the relationship between spatial and linguistic experience, memory and photographic space. Wood’s work was recently presented in 1999:The Ten Year Anniversary Show at China Art Objects and Cottage Home in Los Angeles. Augusta Wood lives and works in Los Angeles and is represented by Cherry and Martin.