April 17 through May 15, 2004
Fredericks Freiser Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new photographs and a projection video by Julie Moos. Since her last exhibition at Fredericks Freiser Gallery, the artist has had solo exhibitions at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; The Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI; The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte NC; and PhotoEspana, Madrid. She was included in numerous group shows including the Whitney Biennial 2002; Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of Art (traveling); How Human: Life in the Post-Genome Era, International Center of Photography, New York and Staging: Janieta Eyre, Julie Moos and Zwelethu Mthethwa, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO. This will be the artist’s third solo exhibition with Fredericks Freiser Gallery and will coincide with a solo exhibition of Radiant and Hat Ladies at The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL.
In the past Julie Moos has used a 4 x 5 camera, simple lighting and a traveling studio to make portraits of people in pairs. Working within the familiar framework of formal variation within a serial format, Moos has depicted various aspects of American culture ranging from the friends and enemies in the graduating class of a high school in Alabama to farmers who farm genetically modified crops.
The series of sixteen large-scale color Polaroid photographs and a video that make up the body of work entitled Radiant depict a group of sixth grade students from the Birmingham Elementary School as they prepare for a theatrical performance of Charlotte's Web. Julie Moos' simultaneous use of a Polaroid camera and a video camera create a compelling statement about the interaction of portraiture and performance and the notion of the "decisive moment." Played without sound, the video records each child as he/she composes themselves to be photographed. The viewer is privy to both potential portraits that "got away" and to those that were captured, the latter marked by the flash of the camera, followed by the child's relieved relaxation of her body and expression.
Virginia Heckert, Curator of Photography Norton Museum of Art
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