The Southern, contemporary art gallery
2 Carlson Court, Charleston, SC
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“In American culture, the belief persists that through one's own efforts, a personal paradise is achievable. But what does that paradise look like? Does it really exist?”
Paradise Road | Paradise Out-Front
Opens Friday, January 27, 2017
Reception: 7 - 10pm
Exhibition continues through February 26
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - On the heels of the upcoming presidential inauguration, Eliot Dudik's new series Paradise Road debuts at The Southern in a two-part exhibition Paradise Road | Paradise Out-Front.
There are roughly 196 Paradise Roads in the continental United States; Eliot Dudik has photographed over 90 to date. In describing his motivation for the project, Dudik expressed he wanted to “drive to paradise and see what was there,” seeing this project as a means to “take the temperature of the country.” After all, what better way to understand the state of America than by surveying its paradises?
Eliot Dudik is a photographic artist, educator, and bookmaker exploring the connection between culture, memory, landscape, history, and politics. His first monograph, ROAD ENDS IN WATER, was published in 2010. In 2012, Dudik was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and one of Oxford American Magazine’s 100 New Superstars of Southern Art. He was awarded the PhotoNOLA Review Prize in 2014 for his Broken Land and Still Lives portfolio, resulting in a book publication and solo exhibition. Broken Land was most recently published as a feature in the July/August 2015 issue of Smithsonian Magazine. FLASH FORWARD 2015 chose the series for publication and exhibition in Toronto and Boston. Dudik taught photography at the University of South Carolina from 2011 to 2014 before founding the photography program within the Department of Art and Art History at the College of William & Mary where he is currently teaching and directing the Andrews Gallery at the college. Paradise Road is the latest exploration of culture, memory, landscape, history, and politics for the artist.
Eliot Dudik curated a group of thirteen photographers tasked to respond with their own ideas of 'paradise' for Paradise Out-Front. This second part of the overall exhibition will feature unorthodox and personal photographic works from Ben Alper, Ian van Coller, Mark Dorf, Matt Eich, Frances Jakubek, Thalassa Raasch, Jared Ragland, Justin James Reed, Anastasia Samoylova, Bryan Schutmaat, Aline Smithson, Katherine Squier, and Susan Worsham.
Visit www.thesouthern.gallery/paradise-road for full artist biographies. High res images upon request.
Paradise Road | Paradise Out-Front opens Friday, January 27 with a reception from 7 - 10pm. Admission free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12 - 6pm.