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Daniel Cooney Fine Art presents Kristine Potter - Manifest

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12 Sept 2014 to 1 Nov 2014
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Kristine Potter


Artists in this exhibition: Kristine Potter


Kristine Potter
Manifest

September 12 - November 1
Opening Reception: Friday, September 12

Daniel Cooney Fine Art is pleased to present Manifest, the second solo exhibition at the gallery by artist Kristine Potter. This is the first installment of her series of black-and-white photographs made along the western slope of Colorado. Potter is best known for her vision of American male archetypes. Here she expands her vision to the western man and to the landscape in which he resides.

Manifest revolves around the mythology of "The American West," which she posits is not just a geographic location, but a set of ideas and core values by which America is defined. The fabled-frontiersman are gun-toting individualists, self-reliant, and morally upright. The landscape is grand, full of promise, and a stage for patriotic satisfaction and escapism. Potter visually unpacks the complexities under these illusions, while offering up her own take on what stories lie deep in the mountains.

The photographs are made along a remote region peppered with ranch hands, farmers, off-the-grid homesteaders, and wayward loners who are looking to get lost. Potter produces large format portraits that highlight notions of power, pacifistic masculinity, sensuality, co-habitation with an inhospitable environment, and indeed some fringe psychologies. In line with her previous work, Potter is keen to flip the historical precedent of the male gaze on its head. The men here willingly expose themselves to her scrutiny.

Eschewing the traditional vista-view of the western landscape, Potter forges us deep into the feral terrain. Using the searing intensity of the mountain sun with a tighter, often disorienting frame, she presents the beauty and the danger of this environment as nearly indistinguishable and its predicament more immediate. The abstract, all-over compositions are striking interpretations of a landscape more usually subject to spacious views.

Potter primarily photographs with a large format camera. She uses color film and digital capture along with skilled post-processing to arrive at her distinct, silvery palate. While Potter's techniques for translating color into monotone are an integral element of her working practice, it is not immediately discernable in the print. This process further encourages the images to oscillate between fact and fiction and cements her highly subjective view of this land that has long been the focus of idealism and myth making.

Born in 1977, Kristine Potter lives and works in New York City, New York. She holds a MFA from Yale University and a BFA and BA from the University of Georgia. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally - most notably in Paris, New York City, Miami and Atlanta. Her work is in numerous private and public collections, including at Light Work, where she was recently the recipient of their renowned Artist-In-Residence grant.






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