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CLAMPART: Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar: Tall Poppy Syndrome & Ev×en Sobek: Life in Blue - 10 Jan 2013 to 16 Feb 2013

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10 Jan 2013 to 16 Feb 2013

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Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar
Tall Poppy Syndrome

Artists in this exhibition: Amy Stein, Stacy Arezou Mehrfar, Ev×en Sobek

Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar | Tall Poppy Syndrome

January 10 – February 16, 2013
Artists’ reception:
Thursday, January 17, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

“Tall Poppy Syndrome” is a term used to describe a social phenomenon in Australia in which successful people (the “tall poppies”) get “cut down to size,” criticized, resented, or ridiculed because their talents or achievements distinguish them from their peers.

ClampArt is happy to announce the opening of “Amy Stein & Stacy Arezou Mehrfar: Tall Poppy Syndrome.” The exhibition is accompanied by the artists’ monograph of the same title from Decode Books (Hardcover, 96 pp., 9.8 x 7.9 inches, $60).

In 2010, American photographers Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar embarked on a month-long road trip throughout New South Wales—Australia’s most populous state. They were interested in investigating “Tall Poppy Syndrome.” Is the syndrome even real? Can it be documented or observed? Stein and Mehrfar set out to explore quintessential Australian life and find what evidence they could of the existence of this phenomenon. They spent their days meeting and photographing everyday Australians—from schoolchildren in their plaid uniforms to young surfers playing at the beach to grandmothers meeting at their social clubs—all the while learning about the relationship between the group and the individual within Australian society. The resulting photographs in “Tall Poppy Syndrome” present their findings.

Amy Stein’s work explores man’s evolving isolation from community, culture, and the environment. Her photographs have been the subject of numerous national and international exhibitions, and are represented in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; among many others. Her first monograph, Domesticated, was published by Photolucida in 2008.

Stacy Arezou Mehrfar is a first generation American artist and lecturer currently residing in Sydney, Australia. Predominately working on long-term projects that explore cultural identity, her images have been exhibited in the United States, Australia, Poland, and Germany. She has received distinctions from the Moran Arts Foundation, Photography.Book.Now, the Camera Club of New York, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, among others. Mehrfar’s images are held in several public and private collections worldwide.

Ev×en Sobek | Life in Blue

January 10 – February 16, 2013 Artist’s reception:
Thursday, January 17, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

ClampArt is pleased to present “Ev×en Sobek: Life in Blue.” The exhibition is accompanied by the artist’s monograph of the same title from Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg (Hardcover, 96 pp., 55 color illus., 11.75 x 11.75 inches, $60).

Since 2007, photographer Ev×en Sobek has been documenting life on the banks of the Nové Mlýny reservoirs in the southern region of the Czech Republic. In this strange, man-made, recreational setting, an unorthodox community of tents and campers has grown over the years—a place where citizens vacation annually decade after decade. Sobek’s subjects were formerly nomadic caravanners—travelers who vacationed in their campers—who now have forfeited their freedom and liberty of movement to settle down in their once-mobile homes in Southern Moravia. Sobek’s eye is for the unusual and occasionally disquieting. Many of the photographs feel as though they picture mysteriously enigmatic and bizarre rites or ceremonies—the deeper meaning of which the viewer is wholly unaware.

Ev×en Sobek was born in the city of Brno in 1967. Sobek attended the University of Technology in Brno and trained as a technical draughtsman before transferring to the Institute of Creative Photography of Silesian University at Opava. Currently working as a freelance photographer and a photography instructor, the focus of Sobek’s work has been documentary imagery. He garnered early acclaim for his series depicting the life of Premonstratensian monks in Zeliv (a village in the Czech Republic), and another focusing on the day-to-day life of Roma (also called Gypsies) living in his hometown. “Life in Blue” was awarded an Honorable Mention by the 2010 Lens Culture International Exposure Awards. Sobek’s work is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the School of Visual Arts, Osaka; and the Museum of Applied Arts, Prague. He is founder of the Brno Photography School and the Fotoframe competition.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Czech Center New York.

For more information please contact Brian Paul Clamp, Director, or visit the gallery’s website at ClampArt is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


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