IDentity with Juror Barbara Tannenbaum

November 1 - 30, 2013

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Blackberry Stain
Joy Christiansen
Juror's Selection
Framed Price $1250 / Print Price $1000
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Interfaith House
Geoffrey Agrons
Framed Price $300 / Print Price $150
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For Christ’s Sake
John Banasiak
Framed Price $400 / Print Price $300
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Jersey City
Susan Berger
Framed Price $1200 / Print Price $900
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The Living Room
Aaron Blum
Framed Price $1200 / Print Price $1000
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The Caretaker
Patricia Christakos
Framed Price $950 / Print Price $750
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Mother and child
Joy Christiansen
Framed Price $1250 / Print Price $1000
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Lyle
A.M. Clark
Framed Price $400 / Print Price $200
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Waiting for the Cage Fight
Michele Cohn
Framed Price $325 / Print Price $150
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Girls and Rabbits III
Anne Connor
Framed Price $425 / Print Price $225
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Master Band
Supranav Dash
Director's Honorable Mention
Framed Price $725 / Print Price $550
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Pure | Girls and Boys
Joelle de Vries
Director's Selection
Framed Price $2725 / Print Price $2725
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Self-Portait No.7: Bacteria Field
Marcus DeSieno
Framed Price $575 / Print Price $400
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Pretty For the People
Kathleen B. Donovan
Framed Price $600 / Print Price $400
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Seeing Is Believing
Kathleen B. Donovan
Framed Price $600 / Print Price $400
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Don, The Modern Barber Shop, Iowa
Sandra Dyas
Juror's Honorable Mention
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Ice Pop
Mike Enright
Framed Price $400 / Print Price $350
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Open Fire Hydrant, Detroit, MI
Daniel Farnum
Framed Price $850 / Print Price $700
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Poppy Gauss
Framed Price $300 / Print Price $125
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A Call To Adventure
Poppy Gauss
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Whole
Claire Gilliam
Framed Price $1200 / Print Price $1000
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Mom Sleeping
Marita Gootee
Framed Price $500 / Print Price $125
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Collective Self III
Brandon Gorman
Framed Price $700 / Print Price $500
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Bathing Beauty
Jamie Johnson
Framed Price $500 / Print Price $350
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Night School
Doug Johnson
Framed Price $460 / Print Price $225
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Hiding
Pamela Joye
Framed Price $195 / Print Price $95
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identity study . vB
Daniel Levin
Framed Price $1200 / Print Price $1000
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Gender
Coda McCaffrey
Framed Price $400 / Print Price $300
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Untitled (Valerie and Samir)
Meredith Miller
Framed Price $500 / Print Price $350
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Curtain
Emily Hanako Momohara
Framed Price $800 / Print Price $600
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Green Stone & Brick
Roberta Neidigh
Framed Price $750 / Print Price $600
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Heaven's Kitchen II_boys meet angel
Jenny Papalexandris
Framed Price $450 / Print Price $250
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Rosary
Vicki Provost
Framed Price $400 / Print Price $300
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Chris Unsoled 2
Dan Rioz
Framed Price $650 / Print Price $350
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Untitled
Colin Roberson
Framed Price $500 / Print Price $300
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Sarah Quesnel and Aevalyn
Edward L Rubin
Framed Price $350 / Print Price $125
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Untitled
Paula Rucket
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Bran with Cigarette
Whitten Sabbatini
Framed Price $500 / Print Price $350
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Ryan
Sarah Salomon
Juror''s Honorable Mention
Framed Price $375 / Print Price $275
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Dad in His Garden
Sarah Salomon
Framed Price $325 / Print Price $225
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Amber Groome; Columbus, OH 2012
Fred Scruton
Framed Price $400 / Print Price $350
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The Doppelganger
Felicia Simeon
Director's Honorable Mention
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The Goldmans
Larry Snider
Director's Honorable Mention
Framed Price $1500 / Print Price $1500
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Lee Barton, Turkey Farmer and Religious
John Telford
Framed Price $700 / Print Price $550
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Merlin Figgins, Custom Casket Maker
John Telford
Framed Price $700 / Print Price $550
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Brothers
Alison Turner
Framed Price $750 / Print Price $650
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Tyrek
Joseph Wilcox
Framed Price $500 / Print Price $450
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IDentity

 

 

Ever since Daguerre’s miraculously detailed renditions of faces first appeared in 1839, photography has been intimately tied to the notion of defining identity. We believe we can interpret character through expression, body language, and gesture. In this exhibition, compare the radiantly happy swimmer with the hypnotically staring man. Examine the slight pout and awkward stance of the girl with the ice pop or the berry-smeared face of the young boy. Their faces and bodies tell us who they are, or were, but just in that second when the shutter clicked.

 

Photographers trying to broaden characterization beyond a single slice of time turned to environmental portraiture, defining us by what we own, what we do, where we live. These were among the most prevalent ways to describe identity in the more than 1,000 images submitted to, and the 50 works selected for, the IDentity exhibition.

 

We live in a consumer society. See the young boy floating in the tub, enraptured by his abundance of bath toys. Contemplate the girl perching diffidently on the cusp of womanhood, surrounded by her childhood dolls and her teenage jewelry and Goth skull. One photographer sent a proxy rather than a self-portrait: a flowered curtain, cloth that hides rather than reveals, discloses her personal aesthetic taste and ethnic background.

 

Some photographers in this exhibition expand on the historical tradition of occupationals—images depicting workers with the tools of their trade or engaging in their vocation. Whether turkey farmer, casket maker, parking garage attendant, band of Indian musicians or housekeeper (we don’t know whether she is paid or unpaid), the subjects are represented in a dignified way that pays homage to their labor. There are a few surprising juxtapositions, such as the sheriff holding her daughter and the barber who hunts (and sometimes scalps his prey).

 

Surroundings can be as equally revealing. The exhibition contains images of two living rooms with, and one without, inhabitants; all three are vivid portraits. These rooms are spaces of ritual rather than daily life, meant to show off their owners’ good taste and material wealth. How different these sanitized spaces are from the cluttered kitchen and adjoining nook where a photographer’s mother dozes in her recliner before the television. Or from the car that temporarily serves as an outdoor living room for a man finishing his cigarette and fast food cola. Or the kitchen that symbolizes the domestic intimacy of a gay couple.

 

Community, be it geographical location or social group, is how some people differentiate themselves. A young man stands defiantly yet also defensively in the middle of a Detroit street, while behind him children cavort in the exuberant spray of an open fire hydrant. Men and children hanging out on a Chinatown sidewalk stand in a grouping almost as dense as the urban fabric that surrounds them. Family relationships pigeonhole sitters – as mother and child, sibling, or partner/spouse—yet the individual faces, poses, and bodies tell us about the people behind these stereotypes. The artists in this exhibition who explore gender identity emphasize the ambiguity of socially defined boundaries.

 

Almost all of the photographers who submitted work to IDentity chose to turn their camera on others. Wherever the lens is pointing, each photograph reflects the interests, visual aesthetic, and world-view of its creator. In trying to identify others, we reveal ourselves.

 

Barbara Tannenbaum

August 21, 2013