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CLAMPART: Brian Finke: Construction
Henry Horenstein | Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music
- 6 Sept 2012 to 13 Oct 2012

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6 Sept 2012 to 13 Oct 2012

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© Brian Finke, "Untitled (Construction #44)," c. 2008-2011
Digital C-print
Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City
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Artists in this exhibition: Brian Finke, Henry Horenstein


Brian Finke: Construction

September 6 – October 13, 2012
Artist’s reception:
Thursday, September 6, 2012
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

ClampArt is pleased to announce “Brian Finke: Construction,” the artist’s fourth solo show at the gallery. The exhibition coincides with the release of Finke’s third monograph of the same title from Decode Books (Hardcover, 60 color illus., 10.5 x 10.5 inches, $55), which includes an essay by Whitney Johnson, the Director of Photography at The New Yorker.

Finke (b. 1976) is now well-regarded for his photographs concentrating on select groups of people, including high school cheerleaders and football players, male and female bodybuilders, and also flight attendants. In his newest body of work, he focuses upon yet another classifi-cation—namely construction workers, who are often imagined in broad and stereotypical terms. However, whereas in his previous series he zeroed in on postures, expressions, and gestures, relaying diversity in uniformity while also detailing the establishment of individual identities in the image of the larger group, in the “Construction” project, Finke frequently pulls the camera back, creating much more atmospheric photographs of the whole setting.

Finke began “Construction” at the height of the building boom in Manhat-tan in early 2008. As skyscrapers were going up at frenzied pace, the artist hoped to capitalize upon all of the energy. However, the real estate market soon collapsed, and what Finke found instead were often empty sites with very little going on. Finke writes: “It would feel like being out in the desert or in the middle of nowhere. A lot of the time it was just staring at a ladder on the roof of a building, all by itself.”

As Whitney Johnson comments: “In the documentary tradition, Finke’s observations of this subset of society reveal something about our time.” She continues: “These pictures are not about drama or awe, [n]or are they about architectural feat. . . Instead Finke takes an honest look at what it means to be—at the daily task of being—a construction worker.”

Brian Finke graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1998 with a BFA in photography. Since that time, he has had incredible success as an artist, with work placed in nine museum collections here and abroad. His first monograph was named one of the best photography books of 2004 by American Photo magazine. Also in 2004, Finke was one of twelve artists nominated for the International Center for Photography’s annual Infinity Award, and he won a prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

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Henry Horenstein | Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music


September 6 – October 13, 2012
Artist’s reception:
Thursday, September 6, 2012
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

ClampArt is proud to present “Henry Horenstein | Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music.” The exhibition coincides with the release of the artist’s monograph of the same title from W.W. Norton & Company (Hardcover, 120 illus., 10.25 x 10 inches, $50), which includes a foreword by Eddie Stubbs, one of the two regular announcers for the long-running Grand Ole Opry on WSM radio.

Concentrating on the 1970s, but spanning to the present day, Horenstein’s gritty, black-and-white photographs capture the irrepressible spirit of an American institution. Some say the 1970s were the last great decade of country music—between the pomade, plaid jackets, and goofy hillbilly jokes of the 1950s and the more polished “Urban Cowboy” sound of Nashville in the early 1980s. Horenstein’s work captures it all, from the roadside seediness of TJ’s Lounge to the backstage glamour at the Grand Ole Opry. From bluegrass festivals and country music parks to the honky tonks and dance halls, these images picture such celebrities as Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, up to a recent cardboard cut-out of Garth Brooks (which speaks volumes about the artist’s personal opinion of the direction the genre has taken of late). However, the photographs feature not only the stars, but also include the familiar venues and enthusiastic fans who sustain them.

Henry Horenstein is the author of more than thirty books to date. His work is represented in the collections of a long list of public institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Art, Princeton University, New Jersey; the High Museum, Atlanta; the Fogg Museum of Art, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. He is a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and resides in Boston.


For more information please contact Brian Paul Clamp, Director, or visit the gallery’s website at www.clampart.com. ClampArt is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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