September 16, 2010, 7:30 to 8:30pm
Member Critique, 6:00 to 7:00pm.
Please join us for a lecture by photographer Chad States.
States currently lives and works from Philadelphia, PA. He holds an
MFA from Tyler School of Art and a BA from Evergreen State College. He
won 2nd place in the Photobook Dummy contest in Kassel Germany and
participated in Center’s Review Santa Fe in 2010. He was an Artist in
Residence at Light Work in the summer of 2009 and received the
Emerging Artist Fellowship for the Delaware Division of the arts in
2008. His work has been exhibited at venues including Hous Projects,
New York; Hous Projects, Los Angeles; Randall Scott Gallery, Brooklyn
NY; Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA; Chashama Time Square Gallery,
New York City; Daniel Cooney Fine Art Online Auction; FLUXSPACE,
Philadelphia, PA; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts,
Wilmington, DE; and Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York
City. His works on the permanent collections of Light Work in
Syracuse, NY as well as Light Work Permanent Collection Syracuse
University Syracuse, New York as well as the Julie Collins Smith
Museum of Fine Arts at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
With his photographs of cruising, the search for anonymous gay sex in
parks and public spaces, States is interested in exploring the grey areas
in which these activities take place. Cruising happens in broad
daylight yet is imperceptible to many if they do not know what to look
for. It is this split between being invisible to the public but
visible to those also participating that States is trying to capture in his
photographs. To that end, everyone in the photographs remains
virtually anonymous. He feels it is this unknown that is one of the
most alluring elements to cruising. It is the sense of possibility
which heightens the cruising experience which the photographs resonate
with. States is interested in creating a sense of fantasy in which the
viewer can be seduced by the romanticism of the landscape yet feel a
tension from the possibility of this unknown, a place where one can
become lost both physically and psychologically.