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Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce End of the Road, an online exhibition of new work by New York based artist Brea Souders.

The Viewing Room features thirty gelatin silver prints made during a year of turmoil and precarity in the United States. Shaped by these realities, the series reflects the moment of their creation. The body of work is comprised of black and white images documenting an uninhabited piece of land leading to a gravel cul-de-sac, and the various people who visit the end of the road.

Brea Souders; End of the Road 1, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 1, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 2, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 2, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 3, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 3, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 4, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 4, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 5, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 5, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 6, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 6, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 7, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 7, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 8, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 8, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 9, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 9, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 10, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 10, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 11, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 11, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of Road 12, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 12, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 13, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 13, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 14, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 14, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 15, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 15, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 16, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 16, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 17, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 17, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 18, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 18, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 19, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 19, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 20, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 20, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 21, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 21, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 22, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 22, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 23, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 23, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 24, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 24, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 25, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 25, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 26, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 26, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 27, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 27, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 28, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 28, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 29, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 29, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Brea Souders; End of the Road 30, 2020; Gelatin silver print; 16 x 20 inches; Edition of 5 + 2 AP; Signed and numbered on label verso; Bruce Silverstein Gallery

End of the Road 30, 2020
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches, Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$3,000

Description

Souders began this new series in March, 2020, while living in rural upstate New York. The pictures were taken through screened windows, tangled branches, and spreading leaves. As a result, the photographs are imbued with a sense of the passing of real time. The bare branches of early spring give way to buds, then to obscuring leaves of summer, to radiant autumn foliage, and finally to quiet drifts of snow.

End of the Road captures many facets unique to this moment in history. New routines, or lack thereof; distance and isolation; contemplation and wandering; an ethos of “back to nature”; and life’s re-alignments. Souders herself found a new rhythm; setting aside time every day to photograph the cul-de-sac, experiencing ritual through seeing. She observed her subjects as characters in short stories. Some people had recurring roles. Others – seen only once – became mysterious figures, inviting imagination. This active seeing possesses a contemplative quality, and however briefly, ties a thread of connection between the artist and subject, even in this time of physical distance.

Similarly, the people in the images were creating new habits, which Souders observed in their daily perambulations. This kind of walking, fully embodied, is not only a mode of transportation, but a moving meditation. Writer Rebecca Solnit describes it as, “the intentional act closest to the unwilled rhythms of the body, to breathing and the beating of the heart. It strikes a delicate balance between working and idling, being and doing. It is a bodily labor that produces nothing but thoughts, experiences, arrivals.”

These journeys are significant in both their physicality and symbolism. Arriving at a literal dead end, each pedestrian must walk back the way they came. And while this return is universal, in the world of End of the Road, what the path offers to those who take it is always different.

Musée Magazine

Musée Magazine

"Souders, an artist and observer, captures people in the element of nature seeking escape from the confines of COVID-19 while they walk, bike and jog along a lonely path. Her use of black and white photography adds a somber tone to the images, creating an intense mood that evokes emotions from her viewers. The absence of color draws attention to her subjects without the distraction of other elements; some are blurred behind leaves, shadowed under the limbs of a tree or strolling along the grey path." - Shanel Thompson

Blind Magazine

Blind Magazine

Perhaps most important is this return to nature, something modern life tends to overlook. As American novelist Walt Whitman wrote, in a paean to the natural world: "After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on — have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear — what remains? Nature remains." -Christina Cacouris, Blind Magazine, March 3, 2021

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