Photography, with its omnivorous appetite, synthesizes all histories, all objects, and all deeds, no matter how small or vague. All things, when they have fallen into the sightline of the photographic lens, are consumed and repurposed. Everybody Sees the Same Elephant explores what happens when this proverbial sightline is placed not on objects or images, but on photography itself. In this pursuit Everybody Sees the Same Elephant highlights the work of three artists, Josh Brilliant, Yolanda Chichester, and Derek Franklin, and examines their use of photography not as a medium but as an ideological method – the ways in which they have used their own awareness of the ideological fundaments of photography as a rubric for creating art. The works on display in this exhibition should be thought of as autonomous and independent of a curatorial agenda. The focus is instead on how the objects, histories, deeds, and stories embedded in the artworks become intertwined, not through the logical construction of a visual text, but through their jarringly static presence as images. As Aristotle’s axiom states, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts – the exhibition, too, becomes an image, an image that is more than the sum of the images it has consumed. Also present is an oscillating tension – the parts and the whole are two entirely separate but entirely dependent mechanisms – and from this tension the creation of a story that remains just out of our rational interpretive reach. Featuring works by: Josh Brilliant, Yolanda Chichester, and Derek Franklin Curated by Jason Carey-Sheppard March 12–April 24, 2015 Reception: Friday, March 13, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
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