Zoë Zimmerman: OF MEN: Strength and Vulnerability – Part III: Care
OF MEN is an examination of male behavior, in particular, platonic intimacy and how cultural biases set parameters for physical relationships. The poses in Part III: Care derive from medical texts with an emphasis on direct touch and emotional involvement.
photo-eye is proud to announce Of Men: Strength and Vulnerability, Part III: Care by New Mexico photographer Zoë Zimmerman currently on view in the Bookstore + Project Space. In Zimmerman's words, Of Men is an examination of male behavior, in particular, platonic intimacy and how cultural biases set the parameters for physical relationships amongst men. It is Zimmerman’s aim to create images raising attention about the “touch isolation” formulated by these biases in American culture.
Of Men is divided into three distinct segments; photo-eye is focusing exclusivity on Part III: Care in this exhibition. The poses in Part III: Care are derived from medical texts but Zimmerman’s images place particular attention on the emotional impact of the gentle and nurturing touch shared between men. The warm-toned black-and-white prints exhibit soft velvety light and a tight square frame presenting a sense of close physical distance, and lending the photographs an intimate impression. According to Dawn Marlan, in the introduction to Zimmerman’s self-published monograph, “Zimmerman indulges the fantasy that there might be a way to overcome our awkwardness without denying our corporality.”
Zoë Zimmerman has exhibited nationally including the Opus Gallery in New York, the Art Institute of Boston in Massachusetts, and most recently The New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. Her work can be seen in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Houston Museum of Fine Art in Texas, and the University of Texas at Austin. Zimmerman has received awards from both New Mexico Arts as well as the Ansel Adams Trust, and has recently published her first monograph – Of Men: Strength and Vulnerability. She currently lives and works in Taos, New Mexico.