Justine KurlandJanuary 18 - April 6, 2003
Amarillas Belladonna (detail), 2002, c-print, 22 1/4 x 29 1/2, Courtesy of the Artist and Gorney, Bravin + Lee Gallery, New York
Justine Kurland's photographs are about adolescence, awkwardness, girls, the American landscape, secrets, and quiet, private dreams of community that hide behind tough exteriors and blank faces. Relatively large-scale, and often theatrically staged, Kurland's images position their subjects hanging out together in forsaken corners of forgotten fields, forests, highway underpasses, lakes and beaches. Her landscapes and her figures are analogies of each other, in-between spaces where identity and function have not yet been fixed or have begun to slip ambiguously into freedom. Recent work considers community more generally, focusing on present-day communes and people united by a choice to live "off-the-grid."
Wood Song, 2002, Toned gelatin silver print, 14 1/4 x 18, Courtesy of the artist and Gorney, Bravin + Lee, New York
Kurland (b. in 1969, Warsaw, NY, lives and works in New York) has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe. Recent exhibitions include one-person shows at The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and Gorney Bravin + Lee, NY. This exhibition is organized by Bennett Simpson, ICA Associate Curator. The Opening Reception, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Friday, January 17, 2003 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. An Exhibition walkthrough, led by Justine Kurland and Bennett Simpson, will take place on Friday, January 17 at 4:30pm.