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Artifacts and Photographs at Julie Saul Gallery

Installation View Julie Saul Gallery, 2012

This week begins the final week to visit my current show, Is This Place Great or What: Artifacts and Photographs at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York.
In many ways, the inter web has been profound in broadcasting the medium of photography across it’s data waves. Besides the apparent resolution issue, one can get a strong idea of what a work is, or will be. This exhibition is one of the first where it becomes crucial to actually visit in person. I do not mean to undermine my own insistence on the print being something grandly revealing in person. It’s just that this show is the first to include a myriad of objects along the photographs.

The compulsion to collect physical things grew out of the act of photographing itself. After spending some countless hours trying to photograph a sign on the outside of a long abandoned mall, I came to the conclusion that while the 8×10 camera really does transform something so dramatically, some subjects test its limits. It simply seemed to make more sense to move the sign itself rather than the representation, in my thinking and extension of the photographic process itself. This set in motion a succinct attention to the artifact. The process is not easy, choosing an object with an idea that it may transform through a new context or reconfiguration means investing a lot in what could simply exist as junk. Further this dilemma with the content of the thing itself; retail ephemera, signs, maps, architect drawings, photographs, reams of office correspondence, and it becomes clear why I never let myself give in to this inclination over the last 10 years, I needed the storage!

Show closes Saturday, May 5th.

Julie Saul Gallery
535 West 22 Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Objects in My Studio 3

Detail, Montgomery Ward Door Pulls, 2011

Object in My Studio 2

Burts Shoes 2010-2011, unfinished (Steel Signage, Drywall, Plastic, Fluorescent Electornics, appox. 30"x338"x8")

Objects in My Studio 1

Montgomery Ward Door Pulls, 2011 (Milled Aluminum, Approx. 9"x78")


Book Preview – Is This Place Great or What

Is This Place Great or What preview


Photoeye  – Signed copies available



Installation View, Cleveland Museum of Art

Making a quick trip down to Miami this Saturday for a conversation with the amazing Penelope Umbrico. It’ll be a small affair with limited attendance so RSVP if you can make it. The event will be part of the Scope Art Fair but at an offsite location.

Penelope Umbrico and Brian Ulrich/ Aperture Foundation 
Saturday/ December 3rd 4-5pm
Artists Panel | Soho Beach House
4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

You can also see my work at the Pulse Fair Julie Saul Gallery, booth B204
And of course copies of my book available at the Aperture booth at Scope.

Book Release Event NYC

Benefit for Leon Shambroom

Leon Shambroom, Augustana Health Care Center, May 2011

In July of last year, I heard the sad news that the son of Paul Shambroom and Joan Rothfuss was caught in a bad fire in South Minneapolis. Thankfully Leon survived but with some severe brain injuries. Being a new father myself I cannot fathom the heartbreak and terror of what Paul, Joan and Leon must have gone through. I’ve known Paul for some time and he’s been an incredible mentor and friend. I spoke with him sometime after Leon’s accident and in keeping with his character, he had a great attitude about it all, saying that he’s thankful he can still keep his role as father, it’s just different than before. As of now Leon is unable to walk or talk due to the smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning, and requires 24 hour medical care. The costs of all that can be boundless.

Alec Soth, Carrie Thompson and I spoke with Paul about organizing an benefit auction to help supplement the costs of Leon’s care. The Weinstein Gallery came on board and will host the event tomorrow evening, July 14th. There are some great works, graciously given by some quite renowned names. In keeping with the strong community of artists we feel the need to do what we can in our hectic schedules to try and help out friends in need. We hope to additionally hold an online version of this auction at a future date, TBD.

Donations can also be given through Health Advocates.

Some of the many artists; Jeff Brouws, Ed Burtynsky, Todd Hido, Doug Dubois, Alec Soth, Beth Dow, Jason Fulford, Lauren Greenfield, Eirik Johnson, David Maisel, Susan Meiselas, Richard Misrach, Abelardo Morell, Angela Strassheim, Carrie Thompson, Catherine Wagner, Joann Verburg, Alex Webb, Michael Wolf, Elinor Carucci, Stephen Shore, Tim Davis, Martin Parr, Mark Steinmetz, Laurel Nakadate, Justin Newhall, and more.

With a musical performance by Channy from Roma di Luna

Thursday July 14, 2011
Reception: 6pm – 9pm
Auction 6pm – 8pm

Weinstein Gallery
908 West 46th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Abelardo Morell, "Mirror and Its Shadow", 24x20"

Todd Hido, 20x24"

Stephen Shore, "East of Dilworth, US 10, Brainerd, MN, July 12, 1973", 20x24"