Brea Souders: Hole in The Curtain

October 29 - December 23, 2015
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Both of Us, 2015 Archival inkjet print 25 x 20 inchesBoth of Us, 2015 Archival inkjet print 25 x 20 inches

Both of Us, 2015

Archival inkjet print

25 x 20 inches

Breaking Ground, 2015 Archival inkjet print 16 x 20 inchesBreaking Ground, 2015 Archival inkjet print 16 x 20 inches

Breaking Ground, 2015

Archival inkjet print

16 x 20 inches

Event Horizon, 2015 Archival inkjet print 20 x 16 inchesEvent Horizon, 2015 Archival inkjet print 20 x 16 inches

Event Horizon, 2015

Archival inkjet print

20 x 16 inches

Five Mirrors, 2015 Archival inkjet print 24 x 30 inchesFive Mirrors, 2015 Archival inkjet print 24 x 30 inches

Five Mirrors, 2015

Archival inkjet print

24 x 30 inches

Hand, 2015 Archival inkjet print 12 x 10 inchesHand, 2015 Archival inkjet print 12 x 10 inches

Hand, 2015

Archival inkjet print

12 x 10 inches

Jane, 2015 Archival inkjet print 38 x 30 inchesJane, 2015 Archival inkjet print 38 x 30 inches

Jane, 2015

Archival inkjet print

38 x 30 inches

Kissed, 2015 Archival inkjet print 25 x 20 inchesKissed, 2015 Archival inkjet print 25 x 20 inches

Kissed, 2015

Archival inkjet print

25 x 20 inches

Lucille, 2015 Archival inkjet print 25 x 20 inchesLucille, 2015 Archival inkjet print 25 x 20 inches

Lucille, 2015

Archival inkjet print

25 x 20 inches

Man One, 2015 Archival inkjet print 38 x 30 inchesMan One, 2015 Archival inkjet print 38 x 30 inches

Man One, 2015

Archival inkjet print

38 x 30 inches

Max, 2015 Archival inkjet print 30 x 24 inchesMax, 2015 Archival inkjet print 30 x 24 inches

Max, 2015

Archival inkjet print

30 x 24 inches

Pale Eye, 2015 Archival inkjet print 12 x 10 inchesPale Eye, 2015 Archival inkjet print 12 x 10 inches

Pale Eye, 2015

Archival inkjet print

12 x 10 inches

Pink Baby, 2015 Archival inkjet print 38 x 30 inchesPink Baby, 2015 Archival inkjet print 38 x 30 inches

Pink Baby, 2015

Archival inkjet print

38 x 30 inches

Sicily, 2015 Archival inkjet print 12 x 10 inchesSicily, 2015 Archival inkjet print 12 x 10 inches

Sicily, 2015

Archival inkjet print

12 x 10 inches

Test Tubes 1, 2015 Archival inkjet print 16 x 20 inchesTest Tubes 1, 2015 Archival inkjet print 16 x 20 inches

Test Tubes 1, 2015

Archival inkjet print

16 x 20 inches

Test Tubes 2, 2015 Archival inkjet print 16 x 20 inchesTest Tubes 2, 2015 Archival inkjet print 16 x 20 inches

Test Tubes 2, 2015

Archival inkjet print

16 x 20 inches

White Sands, 2015 Archival inkjet print 25 x 20 inchesWhite Sands, 2015 Archival inkjet print 25 x 20 inches

White Sands, 2015

Archival inkjet print

25 x 20 inches

Press Release

Brea Souders: Hole in the Curtain

October 29 – December 23, 2015

 

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to present Hole in the Curtain, the gallery’s second solo show of new works by Brea Souders. The exhibition is comprised of portraits and abstract compositions that further Souders’ interest in fragmented narratives, the inchoate versus the fully formed, and the uncontrollable nature of time. Distinct from the symbolic portraits comprising her Counterforms series, in this new work Souders taps into the burlesque of humanity, depicting characters that blur the line between biographical and fictive.

 

Souders creates her latest works with bleach, photographic chemistry and watercolors using unexposed film emulsion as a substrate. Souders writes, “I approach the emulsion as a vulnerable skin, subject to constant transformation. I was drawn to work with it because of this changeable quality.” Consistent with her earlier project, Film Electric, these images record a fleeting materiality. The bleach and chemistry rapidly degrade the film, and are thus a purposeful incubator of chance occurrences--fissures in emulsion, selective lightening, bored holes, color shifts, and breached borders.

 

While in process, Souders’ works exist in a state of timed decline that serves as a metaphor for the nature of both our physical bodies and our memories of people and events. At a moment when artists are grappling with our surrender to a digital world, Souders turns her attention to a fundamental aspect of the human experience: how we connect as individuals. Souders’ portraits demonstrate a humorously expressive quality, yet, as with her earlier work, a certain weight is felt in the dark spaces, the various rents in the emulsion that open up to what looks like a wide starry sky.

 

A recent recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Grant, Souders (b.1978) studied art at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Brea Souders has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, including Abrons Arts Center, the Camera Club of New York and the Center for Photography at Woodstock in New York, as well as the Hyères International Festival of Photography & Fashion, France, the Singapore International Photography Festival and the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives. She has received a Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation fellowship at the Millay Colony of the Arts and Women in Photography/LTI-Lightside Kodak materials grant. Souders’ work has been featured in New York Magazine, Vice, Artnews, and Creative Review.