Opening Reception: Friday, December 12, 2014 | 7PM - 12AM
Exhibition Dates: December 12, 2014 - January 16, 2015
From Press Release:
Gallery Protocol is pleased to present an exhibition by photographer Stacy Kranitz. In response to an invitation from the gallery, Kranitz spent 12 weeks as an artist in residence in Gainesville, Florida, documenting her engagement with individuals, landscapes and local histories. The resulting body of work does not attempt to summarize Gainesville as “place” or “community”, but is instead an intimate record of small, often marginal, struggles for presence.
Working within the social documentary tradition, Kranitz’s work challenges and deconstructs accepted notions of this genre through a heightened sense of self-awareness which is shared between artist and subject. Acknowledging the limits of photographic representation, Kranitz’s images create an expanded sense of authorship and accountability in which all parties (including the viewer) are complicit in the representational act as a false, and yet, ultimately, satisfying and seductive construct. In this sense, Kranitz’s images do not tell the “truth”, but are honest about their inherent shortcomings, and thus reclaim these failures (exoticism, ambiguity, fetishization, etc.) as sympathetic equivalents to more forcefully convey the complexity and instability of the lives, places and moments they depict.
Kranitz received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2014. Her work has been seen in publications including Granta, Mother Jones, New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, Rolling Stone and Vice. She is represented by Little Big Man Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
For more information, contact Chase Westfall