Current faculty exhibitions in Tampa, Florida; Culver City, California; and Istanbul, Turkey move mountains, offer sly critiques and consider hero worship.
MFA Photography, Video and Related Media and BFA Photography faculty member Penelope Umbrico presents “Mountains, Moving: Light Leaks, and Chemical Burns,” an exploration of photography’s analog history in contrast to the omnipresence and instability of contemporary image sharing. Umbrico’s 36 archival pigment prints, created by using more than 500 camera app filters, feature majestic mountain summits partially obscured by dot-screened, hallucinogenic photo grains. On view at Mark Moore Gallery 5790 Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, through November 8.
BFA Photography faculty member Jessica Craig-Martin has been commissioned for two ambitious public art installations in Florida and Massachusetts. At the Hyde Park Village shopping area in Tampa, Florida, Craig-Martin’s closely cropped photos—which offer a sly critique of the fashion industry by focusing on such details as perfectly manicured nails and feet in strappy sandals—occupy 46 outdoor mall banners normally reserved for advertisements. For more info, click here. On view at Hyde Park Village, 1602 West Snow Avenue, Tampa, Florida through February 1, then at The Street, 55 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, through July 30, 2015.
BFA Fine Arts, BFA Design and BFA Visual & Critical Studies faculty member Peter Hristoff heads back to his native Istanbul for “Heroes,” an exhibition of his recent paintings and works on rugs and paper that explore themes of power, ego, religion and violence. Loosely inspired by Homer’s “Odyssey,” Hristoff mines both popular and military culture to raise the question, “Who are our heroes?” On view at C.A.M Gallery, Sair Nedim Caddesi No.25A, Istanbul, Turkey, October 23 through November 23.
Image: Penelope Umbrico, 18_IMG_6697-a, 2014, Fuji Crystal Archive paper, 40 x 30 inches, edition of 3 + 2AP.