ERIN CLULEY GALLERY is pleased to announce an exhibition by photographer KALEE APPLETON, Glancing Backward, opening on Saturday February 24, 2018, at 414 Fabrication Street, with a reception from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m, and on display through March 31. The exhibition features Appleton’s photographic works dealing with digital technologies and their effects on society, as well as with the nature of landscape photography.
Glancing Backward explores the objectivity of photographs, specifically formulaic photographic backdrops used in mainstream photography studios of 19th century featuring photographic sublime images such as rugged mountain terrains or romanticized forest paths. The imagery produced not only acted originally as a supplemental scene to a portrait, but existed to fulfil the desires of the commissioners and sitters of the portrait. To examine this relationship and objecthood, the photographic backdrops are folded and placed on top of each other then re-photographed by Appleton, transforming into something that it was never meant to be: a subject.
Appleton lives and works in Dallas, Texas. Originally from Hobbs, New Mexico, she attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock and received a B.F.A. (2005) in photography as well as Texas Woman’s University in Denton, where she received a M.F.A. (2014) in art. She has had her work highlighted in various print and online forums including D Magazine, Glasstire, Aint-Bad Magazine, Plates to Pixels, Lens Culture and F-Stop Magazine.