NAKED & FAMOUS
Curated by Andrew Freiser
June 25 through August 14, 1998
Jessica Fredericks Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition of NEW PHOTOGRAPHY curated by Andrew Freiser. Mr. Freiser has curated Take Me to God at Jose Freire Fine Art, 1994, Dutch Wives, Phone Sex & Other Cheap Thrills at Apex Art, 1995, and Everything is Real at this gallery in 1996. NAKED & FAMOUS features five artists who have not yet had solo shows in commercial galleries. Christopher Chiappa recently attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and is currently curating Jesus Chrysler at CRG. Susan Choi and Malerie Marder have just graduated from Otis College and Yale Graduate School respectively. Eve Fowler and Amy Steiner have both had solo projects at White Columns.
Naked & Famous presents five new photographers whose work, while stylistically different, explore a desire to be recognized and exposed--- a desire that is alternately conflicted, innocent, doomed, etc.
Christopher Chiappa enacts events of hapless bravado; in this case, attempting to mimic a picture from the Guinness Book of World Records. Susan Choi subverts the sex goddess role in her naked self-portraits by introducing childhood props (her baby blanket, paste-on stars). Her pin-up girl poses are more about posing than seduction. Eve Fowler’s portraits of young female athletes who excel in men’s sports exploit a journalistic style and subject matter for a truly untraditional effect. Malerie Marder’s photographs are highly stylized portraits of herself, her boyfriend, and her friends. Mostly nude, often sexual, her subjects manage to remain guarded by Marder’s cinematic mis-en-scene. Amy Steiner’s “everyday’ pictures strike a similar chord in a unrehearsed setting.
Jessica Fredericks Gallery is located at 504 West 22nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Gallery summer hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 5pm. For further information contact the gallery by telephone at (212) 633-6555 or fax at (212) 367-9502.