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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Reception for "Arena" campaign pix by Gary Duehr - Sunday, October 23, 2-5

Gary Duehr

October 21-23

Reception: Sunday, Oct 23, 2-5
Featuring Dirty Water Brass Band at 2 pm

StoveFactory Gallery
523 Medford St., Charlestown

The StoveFactory Gallery in Charlestown presents "Arena" photographs by Gary Duehr from October 21-23. The reception is Sunday, Oct. 23 from 2-5 pm. At 2 pm, Dirty Water Brass Band will kick things off with a wicked rendition of "Hail to the Chief."

Featured in the exhibition are a couple dozen hu-u-u-uge photos, up to 4'x 6', portraying fans at political campaigns in all their glory. You can see some "Arena" photos here:

The StoveFactory Gallery, at 523 Medford St. in Charlestown, is a 5-min walk from Sullivan Station, and there is a free parking lot next door. Gallery hours are 12-5, Friday – Sunday.

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What are the faces of modern American politics?

Come election year, the fans fill hockey rinks and high school gyms. True believers with a dose of fanaticism, they pump the air, they chant "USA USA!," they grab selfies and stomp the floor.

Based on news photos of the crowds at campaign events, these photos use models to recreate the fans' behavior, isolating it under bright studio lights. We can survey their colorful getups, look them in the eye for a trace of craziness, and feel their mixture of exhilaration and earnestness.

Their enthusiasm can be contagious, and a little bit frightening.

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Gary Duehr has been chosen as a Best Emerging Artist in New England by the International Association of Art Critics, and he has received an Artist Grant in photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His work has been featured in museums and galleries including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; MOMA PS 1, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba, as well as exhibitions in Tokyo, Venice, London, Dublin and Barcelona. Past awards include grants from the LEF Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. His public artworks include a video artwork for the Canadian subway system; a photo installation funded by the Visible Republic program of New England Foundation for the Arts, and a commission from the MBTA for a permanent photo installation at North Station. Duehr has written about the arts for journals including ArtScope, Art New England, Art on Paper, Communication Arts, Frieze, and Public Culture. Currently he manages Bromfield Gallery in Boston's South End.

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