ARTIST TALK “Paul Hester: Prisoners of Masculinity” and “Sarah Sudhoff: The Past is Ever Present” at Andrew Durham Gallery

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ARTIST TALK “Paul Hester: Prisoners of Masculinity” and “Sarah Sudhoff: The Past is Ever Present” at Andrew Durham Gallery

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

ON VIEW MARCH 8 – APRIL 21, 2024:  Andrew Durham Gallery presents “Paul Hester: Prisoners of Masculinity” and “Sarah Sudhoff: The Past Is Ever Present.”

Hester’s work is a reexamination of past projects (1966–2024) and his own assumptions that influenced the original moments and critically think about the representation of masculinity in contemporary culture. His approaches from documentary style to directorial mode are evident. Formats include multiple-printing of negatives on gelatin silver paper, black and white gelatin silver prints, interventions in the camera, photograms combined with negatives, distressing of negatives, appropriation of images, manipulations with the computer, collaging of text and images, and archival pigment printing.

Subjects range from Boy Scout competitions, livestock shows, street scenes, the State Fair of Texas, weddings, architectural photography assignments, a workshop with George Krause sponsored by the Houston Center for Photography, self-portraits, family, friends, students, strangers, paid models, brain surgery, camping trips, road trips, hallucinatory trips.

Through lace ornamentation, Sudhoff’s latest photographic, performative and textile-based work explores domestic roles, invisible labor, matriarchal lineage, and public/private expressions of self – the saintly, the erotic, the ornamental or mysterious. Sudhoff explores the use of cyanotypes, an alternative photographic process. The images created through the performance process are imprinted with lace patterns found in the windows and entrances to the homes in Galatina, Italy. Through lace ornamentation, her latest photographic, performative and textile-based work explores domestic roles, invisible labor, matriarchal lineage, and public/private expressions of self – the saintly, the erotic, the ornamental or mysterious.

IMAGES: (top) “Lace Study #6” by Sarah Sudhoff, 2023. Archival pigment print, 16 x 20 inches; and (bottom) “1980.120.62.08” by Paul Hester, 1980. Gelatin silver print 10 x 10 inches

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