ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present EXHIBITION NARRATIVE, a show featuring photography by internationally exhibiting artists YAEL EBAN, TIM RODA, ANDREW B. MYERS, JAKUB DOLEJŠ and OLI SORENSON. The show runs in the West Gallery and Project Room from May 1 to May 30, 2015, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 30th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This show is part of the annual Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Photography has been a vehicle for storytelling since the medium’s inception, when Victorians brought literary themes to life by photographing costumed tableaux. The five contemporary artists in this exhibition demonstrate that photography remains a vital carrier of narrative, richly diverse in potential.
Yael Eban is drawn to photography’s role in recording family narratives. While raised in Indiana and now based in Brooklyn, Eban was born in Israel, and it is her Israeli grandparents whose story is the focus of her installation, General Assembly. Collaging images of family documents found online, ranging from snapshots to fine art photographs to newspaper clippings to a screenshot of an eBay receipt, Eban investigates the space between public and private archives and how photographs exist as objects in a digital age.
Eban is a 2014 graduate of the MFA program in Photo, Video, & Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been shown at SVA Chelsea in New York City, Greenpoint Gallery and the Dedalus Foundation in Brooklyn and Neue Galerie in Ausberg, Germany. She has also been featured in publications including Float Magazine, Paper Journal and Fotomagazin (Germany). Yael Lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Tim Roda’s work reflects his fascination with what stories photographs tell (or don’t tell) about the family dynamic. Using his children as actors in mysterious dramas, he creates intriguing images that offer more questions than answers. In his new series, Hidden Father, both adults and meanings are veiled, literally and figuratively, leaving the young protagonist as the chief actor in a variety of enigmatic scenarios populated by strange props and unfathomable actions.
Roda was born in Lancaster, PA and now lives and works in New York and has been represented by Angell Gallery since 2006. He has an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Washington, Seattle. He has had exhibitions in public and private galleries in London (UK), Brussels, Berlin, Hamburg, Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York City, to name just a few. Collections include the Bard College Museum, the Elton John Collection, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Seattle Art Museum and the Essl Collection in Austria.
For Andrew B. Myers, the myths promulgated by commercial photography provide compelling fodder for social commentary. Myers engages the language of advertising to critique the very consumer overload it promotes. A plethora of small colourful objects, ranging from a pink glove to a lemon to a toy xylophone, are photographed against a plain coloured background, their randomness at odds with the graphic orderliness of their disposition. The human presence, represented by a bit a leg here, and a pair of arms there, suggest both the source of this profusion, and the confusion it engenders.
Myers, represented by Angell Gallery, lives and works in New York. He has a BFA in Photography from Ryerson University and his awards include the Zoom Magazine New Talent Award, 2011, the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Award, 2010, the YG12 award from the ADC Young Guns Competition, 2014, and was voted one of this year’s photographers to watch by PDN 30 in 2015. Along with exhibitions in Europe and North America, Myers has done editorial work for the New York Times, Globe and Mail, Vice, Wired, Juxtapoz, Esquire Russia, and Canadian Geographic.
Jakub Dolejš, represented by Angell Gallery for many years, is attracted to the stories inherent in the photographer’s studio. In his series, Calamity, videos with titles such as One thing after another, On and on, Over and over and Behind my back document studio accouterments stumbling through slapstick chain reactions that call to mind the Fischli and Weiss classic, The Way Things Go. Underscoring the accidental side of photography, Doleĵs makes the most of the magic that can happen when things go askew.
Doleĵs, born in the Czech Republic and now based in London, received his MFA in painting in 1998 from the Academy for Art, Architecture and Design in Prague. Jakub has been represented by Angell Gallery since 2004. His work has been included in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, East International in the UK, and the National Gallery in Prague, among others. Doleĵs is represented in collections across North America, including the National Gallery of Canada.
The photographs of Oli Sorenson illustrate the end of a story, namely monitors shattered during his Video Pistoletto Performance. Inspired by the mirror paintings of Arte Povera founder Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sorenson’s performance highlights the pervasive issues of obsolescence and waste. Yet the photographs of the destroyed monitors appear as beautiful abstractions. As light breaks through the dark, splintered surface, creating delicate lines and crystalline forms, we are reminded of photography’s troubling ability to both record and aestheticize destruction.
Montreal resident Sorenson was born in Los Angeles and lived in London (UK) from 1999 to 2010, creating art and curating events at Tate Britain, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the British Film Institute. His work has been exhibited at the Millennium Museum (Beijing), the Media Art Institute (Amsterdam), ZKM (Karlsruhe) and DokFest (Kassel). He performs regularly in media festivals such as ISEA (Helsinki and Nagoya), Mapping Festival (Geneva) and MAF (Bangkok). In 2016 Sorenson will obtain a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Concordia University, Montreal, CA.