Kopeikin Gallery is proud to present Multiples by NY artist Joanne Dugan. This will be her first exhibition at the Kopeikin Gallery. The show opens on Saturday, April 14th with an artist reception from 6 – 8 pm and continues through May 26th.
Joanne Dugan’s Multiples are unique photographic objects. In Multiples, each photographic grid is made up of repetitive sequences of like images, with one image in each series being different. This specific parameter is meant to visually symbolize what Buddhist practitioners call “satori” - the flash of insight that sometimes occurs after a repetitive process is practiced on an ongoing basis.
Her most recent work uses analog photographic materials and processes to evoke visual renderings of time, space and various states of human consciousness. Currently informed by the slowness and limitations of traditional light-based photo materials, she creates small and unique-image limited editions of handmade works that utilize hand-cutting techniques, chemical alterations, vintage materials and repetition. The darkroom is a key component in her process, as she explores and pays homage to the physical limitations and opportunities found in analog methods, while also seeking to reinterpret their potential for mindfulness-based creation in a digital age.
The cutting and manipulation process is another part of the contemplative, highly repetitive process. By working this way, the darkroom itself becomes a place of contemplation and perhaps, enlightenment. – Joanne Dugan
Joanne’s images have been exhibited in the United States, Germany and Japan. They are part of many public and private collections and have been featured in The New York Times T Magazine and the Harvard Review. Joanne’s image/text pairings have been published in seven books, including two fine-art monographs. Her limited-edition artist book Mostly True is in the permanent library collections of The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The New York Public Library and The George Eastman House. She was the editor of Summertime (Chronicle Books), a hardcover photography book featuring the work 46 emerging and established photographers.
Joanne is a faculty member of the International Center of Photography in New York City and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She has taught and lectured about the creative process in numerous institutions across the country. Her NYC studio and darkroom are located in a 19th-century building in Union Square and she lives in Harlem.