Dana Hoey: Experiments in Primitive Living
February 4 through March 20, 2010

Curator: Dr. Maurice Berger, Senior Research Scholar, CADVC

Organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC

This exhibition centers on a cycle of photographs by New York artist Dana Hoey—
Experiments in Primitive Living
. The series represents the successive phases of an unnamed, imaginary ecological disaster through vivid, disquieting images. Experiments five sections—Ash, Freeze, Thaw, Drought, and Flood—do not tell a coherent story. Rather, they depict a range of phenomena and situations, from extremely close-up details to nearly panoramic landscapes that relate to each other obliquely or tangentially. Their stylistic diversity—appropriating as they do the look of commercial product shots, film stills, or scientific, documentary, or portrait photographs—enhances the project’s mood of ambiguity and dislocation.

The imagery of Experiments alternates between dispassionate, keenly observed depictions of the physical effects of environmental catastrophe and the human reaction to these events—bodies scarred by trauma, rendered speechless by fear, and driven by the will to survive. It represents a world scorched, frozen, or flooded almost beyond livability, a post-apocalyptic landscape where basic, life-giving resources are either unavailable or scarce.

Experiments in Primitive Living illuminates our fragility and vulnerability in a world changed by recent events—from perils of global warming to the global economic meltdown. Works from two other projects—Profane Waste and One Pro, Two Amateurs—complete the installation and offer insight into the feminist and environmental themes that inform Hoey’s work.


Exhibition Opening Reception
Time: 5 - 7 pm
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2010
Location: CADVC, UMBC
DIRECTIONS & CAMPUS MAP - Free Parking, Lots 8 & 9
Cost: FREE

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Artist Lecture
Time: 4:30 pm
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Location: CADVC, UMBC
DIRECTIONS & CAMPUS MAP - Free Parking, Lots 8 & 9
Cost: FREE


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EXPOSURE: Experiments in Photography
March 25-April 10, 2010

Exhibition Opening Reception

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Time: 5 - 7 pm, Awards Ceremony: 5:30 pm
Location: CADVC & Fine Arts Hallway Gallery
1st Floor, Fine Arts Building, UMBC
DIRECTIONS & Campus Map - Free Parking Lots 8 & 9

Each semester CADVC partners with several K-12 schools and/or after school programs from Baltimore City and area counties. Through our Educational Outreach Program our interns provide instruction in arts curriculum based on CADVC's exhibition program. For the spring 2010 program CADVC interns taught photography classes at Baltimore School for the Arts in Baltimore City, Lansdowne High School Academy: Arts & Communications in Baltimore County, and two Baltimore City after school programs: St. Francis Neighborhood Power Project and Banner Neighborhoods Art Club.

The participating classes from each school began the program with a visit to UMBC to tour CADVC's exhibition Dana Hoey: Experiments in Primitive Living. During several weeks of studio work back in their classrooms, participating students created artwork in response to the Dana Hoey exhibition. Their artwork in photography and video resulted in their own exhibition, EXPOSURE: Experiments in Photography. EXPOSURE will be exhibited in the Fine Arts Hallway Gallery over the next several weeks.

CADVC invites all high school participants, their parents, teachers and administrators to kick-off the exhibition with an opening reception with light refreshments on Thursday, March 25, 2010 in the hallway art gallery just outside the CADVC from 5 to 7 pm. An award ceremony will commence at 5:30 pm.

Top Photos (details): ASH - Double Check, 2007. THAW - Salamanders, 2008. FREEZE - Helmet, 2007. THAW - Julia, 2006. ASH - Rainbow Bug, 2008. FREEZE - Fallen, 2007. DROUGHT - Ayler, 2008. DROUGHT - Dakota Firepit, 2008. Courtesy of the Artist and Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New YorK.

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