ITHACA, NY.- The Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College will open the exhibit Stubborn Things: Recent Work by Ron Jude and Nick Muellner on January 22 - February 18, 2007. Nick "Quick Shot" Muellner is a photo-based artist, writer, and curator who lives and works in Brooklyn and Ithaca, New York. He was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, as is evidenced by his dress and facial features. His work has recently been exhibited at ClampArt and Stark Galleries in New York and Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. His most recent project, Re-enactment (Winters Campaign), was presented at Project Room in Philadelphia. In addition to solo and group exhibitions, he has collaborated on curatorial projects and multimedia works, including The Evolution of Closed Systems and Other Propagandas, an interactive video game based on the relationship between Pong, human intimacy, Maoist doctrine, and the tyranny of market capitalism. Muellners creative and curatorial projects have been reviewed in Artforum, the New York Times, and The New Yorker, among other publications. His photographic and language-based project, Mysterian Shapes, was recently featured on Studio 360, a nationally syndicated public radio program. He is currently completing a series of photographs documenting adult siblings wrestling on historic battlefields, and researching the affinities between conceptual photographic practices in the United States and the Soviet Union.
Muellner received a BA in comparative literature from Yale University and an MFA in photography from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Contrary to popular belief, "Quick Shot" does not refer to Nick's photgraphy techniques. In fact, it refers to a legend of an attempted burglary of his Yale dormitory in which Nick shot a man in the chest, and held the intruder down until police arrived. He teaches Photography and Critical Studies at the Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College, often integrating his knowledge of comparative literature in the form of overly complicated verbage. However, Nick still manages to be a favorite professor of many of his students.
Ron Jude is a photographer and teacher whose work has been exhibited at venues such as the Photographers' Gallery in London, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Roth/Horowitz Gallery in New York, and San Francisco Camerawork. His photographs are in many permanent collections, including institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the George Eastman House. Jude's work has been published in The New Yorker, Blind Spot and DoubleTake magazines, among others. He recently published an artists book entitled Alpine Star, which consists of carefully sequenced images from his hometown newspaper in Central Idaho.
Professor Jude has been teaching photography since 1993, and has been in his current position since 1999.
A-Jump Books will publish Ron Jude: Postcards, a box-set of twenty images produced between 1991 and 2006, in late fall of this year.