Juliette Conroy: Disintegration

Gallery 1401

Investigating everyday occurrences, photographer Juliette Conroy explores dust, one of the most elemental and ever-present aspects of our lives. Over a number of years, Conroy photographed the dust that had settled on her windowsills, contemplating its emotional corporality outside of the physicality. Through selective focus, indistinct images and cropping, Conroy uses the camera not to faithfully record the subject, but rather to create a distortion, an organic wave of shape and color, resulting in an image that is as much about feeling as seeing.

From the microscopic parts that make up these subtle hills and valleys, the individual fragments of a disintegrating world, to the immense dust rivers that transport the sands of the African desert to the East Coast of the United States, these images reflect the idea that from the minutia of ourselves comes the vastness of our singular and collective existence.

Dust is the liminal matter of our daily lives, a matter we attempt to hide or avoid. Unavoidable, it is a condition of our future and our past. As Genesis 3:19 states "for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." We create dust because we are.

Conroy was born in London. As a teenager, she relocated to Australia, where she studied art and design at the West Australian Institute of Technology. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S., including the Nelson Hancock Gallery in New York City; Digital Artist's Space, Troy, N.Y.; Tilt Gallery, Phoenix; Soho Myriad Gallery, Atlanta; Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn; the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Col.; the San Diego Art Institute; and the 4th Annual Governors Island Art Fair in New York City. Her work has been selected by GLAAD for its annual Art Auction and by Architectural Digest for its 2006 greenroom at the Emmy Awards. Her work is also in a number of private and corporate collections.

There will be a reception for Juliette Conroy, as well as for the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project artists whose work is on display in the University's Sol Mednick Gallery, in both Gallery 1401 and the Mednick Gallery on Wednesday, January 23, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Terra Hall
211 South Broad Street, 14th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

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