Beginning with a soft opening and AAM Questrom Lecture Series discussion between exhibiting artist Mario Garcia Torres and exhibition curator/AAM Associate Curator Matthew Thompson at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday May 12, 2011, the Aspen Art Museum
presents the group exhibition The Anxiety of Photography. The exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, July 17, 2011.
Photography can be thought of as a medium, a tool, an object, a practice, or, more often than not, some combination thereof. The fluidity of photography as a medium can produce fundamental anxieties for both artist and viewer. Through approximately 40 workssome created for the exhibition and others shown for the first timeThe Anxiety of Photography examines the artistic output of 18 artists who embrace photographys plasticity and its ability to exist (sometimes uneasily) in multiple contexts.
Many of the works in The Anxiety of Photography reflect on the changing nature of our relationship to the materiality of images, as artists produce photographic prints from hand-painted negatives, violently collide framed pictures, arrange photographs and objects in uncanny still lives, or otherwise destabilize the photographic object. Many of the artists included in The Anxiety of Photographysome of whom self-identify as photographers, others for whom photography is central to their workemploy an expanded collage aesthetic and have fully digested notions of appropriation.
The Anxiety of Photography includes work by Colby Bird, Miriam Böhm, Liz Deschenes, Roe Ethridge, Brendan Fowler, Mario Garcia Torres, Leslie Hewitt, Matt Keegan, Annette Kelm, Elad Lassry, Anthony Pearson, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Erin Shirreff, Matt Saunders, David Benjamin Sherry, Dirk Stewen, Sara VanDerBeek, and Mark Wyse.