BROOKLYN, NY.- Janet Borden Inc.
opened Tracking, a new exhibition of three artists: Garrett Grove, Dawn Kim, and Olivia Reavey. The common thread among these photographers' work is a delight in the random visual gifts of the world. These documents reflect activities that are generally unnoticed and undocumented. Since "Evidence," the ground-breaking book by Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan, photographers have reveled in photography's ability to confer a narrative on almost any image.
Inherently, photography is a medium of looking. These three artists are searching with a particular curiosity, tracking their subjects. The narratives have an urgency to them. A woman clutches her skull swathed in tangled hair in front of a dirty mirror. Globes surround a flapping bird. A boy floats on the surface of a pool, stalactites protruding from the roof of the cave above. Curator Anita Qian has selected works that are strange and inviting.
Garrett Grove (b. 1982. USA) received a BA from Western Washington University (2005) and his MFA from University of Hartford (2017.) Grove's photographs have been widely exhibited, most recently at the Robert Capa Contemporary Photo Center in Budapest, Hungary, and at Aperture Gallery in New York, New York. His first monograph, Errors of Possession, was published by Trespasser Books (2019.) This series is a work about the land and people of the United States. The images were made in the farming and logging towns of Washington and Oregon.
Dawn Kim (b. 1989. S. Korea) examines the complexities of the everyday through (mis)recorded histories. Her work attempts to make visible the systems that have been hidden, forgotten , or overlooked. She received a BFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California in 2011, and an MFA in photography from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut in 2020. She is currently the St. Elmo Arts Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin.
Olivia Reavey (b. 1988. USA) received a BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2020. Her photographs have been the subject of a solo issue of Matte Magazine in 2019, and has been included in other publications such as Vogue, Fotofilmic JRNL, and Causette Magazine. This is her first commercial gallery exhibition.