press release

Anonymous family photographs are manipulated and partially erased with bleach. Artist Curtis Mann collects photographs from photo-sharing websites such as Flickr that were taken in countries in conflict such as Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, and Iraq. Mann creates new photographic images from the fragments and distorts them with white voids that are both haunting and contemplative.

Mann re-shoots and enlarges found images, and then erases and destroys portions of them with caustic substances such as bleach. Large sections of the images are replaced with an ambiguous white void or are reduced to ghostly monochromatic washes of yellow and red. The original landscapes and context of the anonymous travel and family photos are severely altered and intended to reflect on the large-scale violence occurring in the photograph's setting and the fragility of the photographic image.

Mann leads a gallery talk about his exhibit on February 17 at 6:30 pm.

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UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work
Curtis Mann