Last week to see Phantoms in the Dirt, group exhibition with work by Matthew Brandt at Museum of Contemporary Photography in Columbia College, Chicago.
The sixteen artists in this exhibition present an array of physical remnants and enigmatic traces, ranging from cryptic objects to the marks of human activity in rugged landscapes. Searching for phantoms in the dirt, so to speak, their works reckon with the facts of matter, the nature of photographic imagery, and the forces (sometimes invisible) that leave their mark on our surroundings. In doing so, they are also considering how the visible and the tangible—or sometimes what our senses can’t apprehend at all—shape our encounters with the world around us or generate mutable senses of meaning. Perhaps tellingly, their work is often both matter-of-fact and mysterious, an empirical approach even giving way to atmospheric or inscrutable results. At the same time, these works offer a range of outlooks on the possibilities of photography and sculpture. One medium would seem to favor the aloof image, the other matter itself; both, however, offer myriad ways to examine, or grapple with, the material world, whether at its most substantial or elusive.
Guest curated by Karsten Lund (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago).
Artists: Jeremy Bolen, Matthew Brandt, Shannon Ebner, Assaf Evron, Anya Gallaccio, Jay Heikes, Joachim Koester, Harold Mendez
Richard Mosse, Eileen Mueller, Arthur Ou, Alison Rossiter, Adam Schreiber, Daniel Shea, Greg Stimac, Shane Ward.
On view: Jul 24 — Oct 5, 2014