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Under Construction
Silhouette, 2010 © Daniel Gordon

Under Construction

New Positions in American Photography

Joshua Citarella » Sara Cwynar » Jessica Eaton » Daniel Gordon » Matt Lipps » Matthew Leifheit & Cynthia Talmadge » Matthew Porter » Kate Steciw » Sara VanDerBeek »

Exhibition: – 26 Apr 2015

Pioneer Works - Center for Art and Innovation

159 Pioneer Street
NY 11231 Brooklyn

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam

+31 (0)20-5516500


Mon-Wed 10-18; Thu-Fri 10-21; Sat-Sun 10-18

Under Construction
Heads, 2010 © Matt Lipps / Courtesy Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco

Foam and Pioneer Works present:
Under Construction
New Positions in American Photography

14 March – 26 April 2015

Opening Friday March 13, 2015, 6 – 10pm
Pioneer Works, New York
Opening remarks by Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography, The New York Times Magazine, at 6.30pm.
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Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation proudly present Under Construction – New Positions in American Photography, a group exhibition featuring ten young American and Canadian visual artists who are all explicitly engaged in a fundamental reassessment of the value and significance of photography in the early 21st century. Even though the results of the artists' individual practices are very diverse, the mentality, methodology and presentation of their work show a number of remarkable similarities. A key characteristic is the investigative attitude they adopt in looking at the photographic image and its representation. This exhibition was first shown at Foam in Amsterdam in the fall of 2014.

The far-reaching digitisation of society exerts an unparalleled influence on almost every aspect of the medium. This ranges from entirely new photographic techniques (digitisation of the equipment) and the use of the photographic image (distribution via digital networks) to the value and significance of photography itself (in view of the never-ending stream of many millions of photographic images that are being taken, distributed and manipulated every day). This fundamental reassessment is particularly appropriate and important in a society in which so much culturally relevant information is communicated via images and where an unprecedented and extremely complex dynamic has developed amongst images. In this new world, how can photography or a photograph be defined? What is the value and significance of photography? What is the role of the artist?

These kinds of questions are of utmost relevance for this new generation of image makers who all represent very specific positions within a complex landscape. One of the most distinguishing features is that the image is constructed and built up from decontextualized elements. Furthermore its aesthetic qualities are largely determined by the use of abstract forms and colors. Whether the photograph is created entirely from scratch or whether it is put together using archetypal images, art history references, archive material or pictures derived from the internet, the end result is fragmented and layered. The artists make use of analogue or digital workflows, or a combination of both, often using advanced post-production software. With the introduction of three dimensionality as a self-evident addition, the photographic image is not always limited to a flat surface.

The participants of Under Construction are in fact engaged with a reinvention of photography within a totally different societal context, taking account of more than 150 years of photographic history. It is no less than a photographic renaissance.

Under Construction
cfaal 379, 2013 © Jessica Eaton / Courtesy M+B gallery, Los Angeles

Foam Magazine
To mark the exhibition, Foam Magazine devoted its complete #38 Issue: Under Construction, to the work of the above listed artists, featuring extensive portfolios and texts by contributors such as Marcel Feil, Joshua Chang, Lorenzo Durantini and Hito Steyerl.

Under Construction – New Positions in American Photography will open Friday March 13, 6-10pm at Pioneer Works. With opening remarks by Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography, The New York Times Magazine.  The exhibition opens with music by Xander Ferreira and Justin Miller. This evening the exhibition Living Room Index and Pool will also open at Pioneer Works.


Pioneer Works
Center for Art and Innovation
159 Pioneer Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11231
For directions check www.pioneerworks.org/contact