Bosi Contemporary is pleased to present Dean Dempsey’s first solo show in New York City. Featuring a new body of work created predominantly while at a residency in Munich, Dempsey expands his oeuvre to incorporate videos and paintings in addition to photography. Eliminating himself as subject, he steps behind the camera lending a voyeuristic eye to his evocative images.
Instead of shying away from this taboo, Dempsey celebrates voyeurism as a reality of life. He positions the visitor as the voyeur watching provocative women masquerade through ethereal, unknown landscapes. Subversively sexual, yet physically distant, Dempsey controls these scenes with candor bringing the viewer in then pushing him out again.
Dempsey further illustrates this back-and-forth relationship by playing with the idea of dual opposites. The scantily clad women who populate his dream-like scenes illuminate notions of fear and desire, alien and intimate. In opposition, but necessary for existence, these dualities illuminate the shared subconscious of humanity.
Exploring the liminal space between these opposing forces, Dempsey continues to embrace the necessity of opposites. His professed interest in androgyny, which seemingly dissipates through his use of all female models, slyly resurfaces with a recurring testicular theme to highlight the ultimate oppositional force.
This exhibition will be presented in conjunction with Creem Magazine.
Dean Dempsey (b. 1986) lives and works in New York City. Noted shows include Vital Signs, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY (2013), Next Generation: Contemporary American Photography, Pasinger Fabrik & Amerika Haus, Munich, Germany (2012), and Dean Dempsey, a solo exhibition, MC2Gallery, Milan, Italy (2012). He recently held a residency at Villa Waldberta in Munich, Germany (2012) and resides in the permanent collections of the Crocker Art Museum, En Foco, and Kinsey Institute.