Julia Hechtman: Irrationalism

08.29.09

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Julia Hechtman: Irrationalism
August 30 – October 10, 2009
Opening reception August 30, 4 – 7 pm
Saturdays 12 – 6 pm and by appointment

Devening Projects + Editions
3039 West Carroll
Chicago, IL 60612

Irrationalism features a series of individual, awkward and beautiful photographs that conflate the high-minded Romanticism of the 19th century with the casual romance of the 1970’s. Focused on the landscape as an uncontrollable force, Hechtman sheds the irony of her past work and looks at the small-scale sublime with reverence and wonder. As mechanisms of control, framing and cropping become key as devices that blur the typical relationships between fore, mid and background. Orienting devices, such as the horizon, are absent or unusually configured, creating images that require intimate and self-directed investigation. It is unimportant whether the photographs in this series were shot by the side of the road or in a natural preserve: they create order out of and find beauty in seemingly wild land.

The exhibition also includes recent video work and a new edition entitled “Webs.”

Julia Hechtman is a Boston-based artist working in a variety of media, with emphasis in photography and video. Hechtman currently teaches at Northeastern University and is a frequent lecturer at Brandeis University, Harvard University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Hechtman recently completed the Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland and was an Artist in Residence at both Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia and Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, Michigan. Hechtman will have her first solo-exhibition, I Wish, I Wish, with LaMontagne Gallery in Boston later this year.

– via Devening Projects + Editions

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