Monday, March 19, 2012

The 511 Gallery

One of my favorite galleries in Manhattan is the 511 Gallery. It is off the "beaten path" from the usual Chelsea Gallery art scene. Mara Miller, the Gallery's Managing Director, hosts a more intimate and relaxing atmosphere, in which to view art.

511 GALLERY is pleased to announce the opening of Rebecca Soderholm's solo exhibition of photography and video. "Upstate", is on view Thursday, March 15th - 27th April.

Rebecca Soderholm grew up in the Syracuse area in upstate New York. She received her B.F.A. in Photojournalism from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her M.F.A. in Photography from Yale University, School of Art. Soderholm has participated in a number of group exhibitions, including most recently Onward 11 at Ricoh Ring Cube Gallery in Tokyo and X INITIATIVE at the Dia Art Foundation, New York. An Assistant Professor of Photography at Drew University, Rebecca Soderholm lives and makes work in Madison, New Jersey.

Swimmers, Hudson River, Lake Luzerne, NY, 2011
ink jet print, 16 x 24, Rebecca Soderholm

This collection of work explores the link between individuals and their surroundings, in which the relationship of the figures to the landscape is often a narrative. Soderholm's upstate is a physical site that beginning in the sixteenth century was inhabited by five tribes that constituted the Iroquois Confederacy. While she does not photograph Native Americans per se, Soderholm documents the lives of more modern tribes of people in the area and their collective human spirit that has sustained them through the violence and progression of a dynamic American history. According to the artist, "pride and poverty grow" simultaneously in the same landscape.

Bridge of Hope, Lake Luzerne, NY, 2011
ink jet print, edition of 5 +2AP
16 x 24 inches

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