About the Show:A group exhibition, curated by Wafaa Bilal and Alan Labb, featuring works by 11 contemporary photographers.
Dates and Reception:Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007 from 4-8pm
Show runs from September 15 - October 13, 2007
Curatorial and Biographical Info:"Kissy-Kissy" is a group embrace between 11 contemporary photographers who are rooted today in one or the other of two places separated by more than 1300 miles -- Chicago and Albuquerque, NM.
While clearly the concerns of the exhibitors are widely disparate, the exhibition, on one level, may reveal how place often matters in shaping an artist's sensibility.
Perhaps this difference in the mindsets of the photographers working in the hog-butchering, densely populated town of Chicago and the more cleanly oxygenated and open area around Albuquerque is most starkly illustrated in the work of Kirk Gittings and Barbara DeGenevieve. Gittings' black and white pictures are mostly focused on New Mexico's spreading landscape and colonial architecture. DeGenevieve's color photographs present a kind of dignity to citians most of us may try to avoid -- the panhandlers. She portrays her subjects in the nude in what appear to be well-appointed Chicago hotel rooms.
Many of the show's artists have exhibited widely and have substantial reputations as artists. For all the differences in their work, they are all bound together collegially. All have ties as teachers or former students to either the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) or New Mexico University, Albuquerque. The institutions have reputations as two of the country's most important centers of contemporary photography.
In addition to Gittings and DeGenevieve, the exhibitors include Thomas Barrow, Wafaa Bilal, Javier Carmona, Julia Hechtman, Nora Herting, Alan Labb, Patrick Nagatani, Joyce Niemanas and Adrienne Salinger. The exhibition was jointly curated by Bilal and Labb, SAIC faculty members.