Installation View
September 22- October 27, 2012

September 22 - October 27, 2012
Opening Reception Saturday, September 22, 4-7pm

Diane Arbus, Pieter Hugo, Nina Katchadourian, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, TV Moore, Adi Nes, Carrie Schneider, Cindy Sherman, SuttonBeresCuller, Gillian Wearing

Eli Ridgway is pleased to present Mutables, a survey of a imaginative revisions to the field of portraiture. The portrait is one of the oldest genres of artistic inquiry. Candid or posed, the focused portrayal of an individual is often mentally synonymous with attempts at veracity, familiarity or utilitarian need for capturing one's likeness. Beginning with the tradition of Renaissance paintings of the wealthy and their affinities, evolving to contemporary uses as mug shots or yearbook photos, the history of the portrait ranges from a functional method of record keeping to the intimate probing of psychological states. A multitude of contemporary artists, however, are modifying these tropes to facilitate encounters with intentionally ambiguous aims. Employing elements of disguise (such as costume, camouflage and various role playing deceptions), Mutables' photographic portraits are intentionally spurious representations, far divorced from the origins of the genre. Its subjects are transformed into alter egos, narrative characters, or curiosities of social and cultural tourism. The juxtaposition of a verifiable history with attempts to appear mutable, or able to manifest in other forms, introduces questions of the contemporary impetus for and value of the portrait. Whether manipulated accounts of biography, mischievous gag, or genuinely rigorous investigation into a sitter's subconscious, the portraits in Mutables thoughtfully offer playful constructions of the performative and outright fictitious.

Curated by Ashley Stull