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Daniel Cooney Fine Art presents Benjamin Fredrickson || Scot Sothern

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8 Jan 2015 to 28 Feb 2015
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Benjamin Fredrickson
Bandages, 2007
Unique Polaroid Print

Artists in this exhibition: Benjamin Fredrickson, Scot Sothern

January 8 - February 28, 2015

Daniel Cooney Fine Art is pleased to present New York City artist Benjamin Fredrickson's (b.1980) debut exhibition of unique Polaroid photographs. Fredrickson's images document his years as a sex worker in the Midwest, his private sexual life and his community of gay men both in the Midwest and New York City. 

Fredrickson himself appears in many of the images as an active participant in the culture he photographs. He is pictured sitting on the lap of a "John", having intercourse in a dungeon and in various other sexual scenarios, sometimes exploring S/M and fetish. His photographs of other men are at once loving and honest and brimming with sexual desire and lust. Most of his subjects look directly at the camera, aware that they are being observed and presenting themselves for that purpose.

The consistent theme throughout Fredrickson's images is the longing for and sometimes the event of human connection, either by sexual interaction or through the act of photographing and being photographed. He makes himself vulnerable and in turn other men reveal themselves for his camera and the viewer's gaze.

Fredrickson's work is at once shocking and familiar. While playing in the arena of sexuality he explores human instincts of attraction and danger, the thrill of risky behavior and the need to be desired. Furthermore, he explores human sexual behavior in the realm of bondage, S/M, exhibitionism, and roleplay.

Fredrickson graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2003 and moved to New York City in 2010. He has been included in the Museum of Art and Design's "New York Makers", group exhibitions at Darkroom Gallery, La Mama Galleria in addition to collaborations with Visual AIDS. His work has been published in Apartamento, BUTT, Capricious, Dazed and Confused and Pin-Up.

Benjamin Fredrickson's exhibition runs concurrent to Scot Sothern, Lowlife 1985 - 1991. Both exhibitions contain nudity and explicit content.

Scot Sothern
Lowlife 1985 - 1991
January 8 - February 28, 2015  

Daniel Cooney Fine Art is pleased to present Scot Sothern's first solo exhibition of photographs in New York City. The exhibition is titled Lowlife 1985 - 1991 and consists of 25 small-scale black and white vintage photographs of prostitutes in and around Los Angeles. The prints being exhibited are the only set of vintage prints in existence.

Sothern approached his subjects as both a photographer and a customer resulting in images of people in the sex trade that are gritty, raw, brutal and honest. He met his models on the Sunset Strip, Hollywood Boulevard, in Downtown LA and for a while in Long Beach. He paid them, photographed them, drank and did drugs and had sex with them.

This body of work exists as a record of curbside prostitution in Los Angeles in the late 80's. Sothern remembers, "Anyone could offer them 10 bucks to take a brick in the face and they'd hold out their palm". The images offer the viewer a potent look at disenfranchised Americans, usually existing under the radar and out of touch. Through Sothern we have a view into an authentic underground world where human life is expendable and for sale "at the price of a Big Mac and a fix". The portraits are timeless, intelligent and revealing of the subject, the photographer and of society at large.

Sothern (b.1949) grew up in Springfield, Missouri, the son of a small town portrait photographer. He spent 40 years as a freelance photographer, settling in various parts of the United States for short periods of time until he retired as a result of a motorcycle accident. He has exhibited his photographs at Drkrm Gallery in Los Angeles and has written a memoir titled Curb Service (Soft Skull Press, 2013). Stanley Barkers published Sothern's book of photographs titled Lowlife in 2011 and Powerhouse republished it as an eBook in 2013. Sothern writes two columns for VICE, Nocturnal Submissions and Sothern Exposure.

Scot Sothern, Lowlife 1985 - 1991 will run concurrent with Benjamin Fredrickson's solo exhibition. Both exhibitions contain nudity and explicit content.

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