Come out to Dossier Outpost this Tuesday the 17th from 6-8pm for the opening of High Tide: A Group Exhibition Curated By Kat Slootsky.

'Native Son' by Joe Leavenworth

New York based photographer, Joe Leavenworth was born in 1985 in Decatur, Georgia, and was promptly adopted and raised in New England. His birth Mother gave his adoptive parents a letter for Leavenworth, which he would choose not to read until his adulthood. The letter (printed in Native Son) sparked a desire in Leavenworth for a better understanding of his roots, manifesting into several trips to the southeastern United States between 2009 and 2012. The striking imagery produced during these annual expeditions became the series Native Son, which was published in book form this past winter by VUU collective

Native Son at large conveys a seemingly discordant interplay between the sense of decay in both urban and rural landscapes and the resolute, prideful nature of its current inhabitants, whose portrayals evoke feelings of community, family, and beauty. Leavenworth constantly finds small details potentially loaded with subtext - an explosion of rot on the side of a building, a tattered american flag hanging from a clothesline, a set of unawarded trophies in a beaten-down storefront, a cracked open car window. As Leavenworth explains, “Inherently, approaching the south as an outsider, I am continually aware of the complexities in creating an accurate, ‘real’ impression, because essentially these photographs represent impressions. They are my impressions, true to my experience, and collectively, they begin to create a portrait of a search. I am seeking something humble and pure. Native Son is about discovery.” 

Native Son can be purchased through VUU’s online shop here .

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New Book Release – Eve Fowler: Hustlers

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Capricious is pleased to announce the release of its newest title – Hustlers by Eve Fowler. Hustlers documents a photographic series taken on the streets of the West Village in New York and Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles between 1993 and 1998. Drawing on her background in both journalism and photography, Fowler explores queerness and social “otherness.” Here, her untitled, intimate images lay bare the ambiguities of identity, class, sexuality and gender—all of which combine to lend the figure of the hustler a semi-dangerous allure, and the ambiguous attractions of the social outlaw. Stark and unencumbered by typical compositional elements or dramatic lighting, Fowler’s subjects demand direct consideration, forcing the viewer to confront in a single face both masculine vulnerability and intrepidity. Accompanying this collection is an essay by Kevin Killian, an award-winning American poet, author and playwright well known for his contributions to LGBT literature.

New limited edition newsprint poster in conjunction with Tim Barber’s Exhibition “Relations” opening next Friday May 2nd 6-8 pm!

CAPRICIOUS 88 | Tim Barber | Relations

Tim Barber 
Relations

May 2 - June 23
opening May 2, 6-8pm

CAPRICIOUS 88
88 Eldridge Street, 5th FL
New York, NY 10002

Capricious 88 is pleased to present Relations, an exhibition by Tim Barber opening May 2, 2014. Relations, Barber’s most recent body of work, is a continuation of his ongoing photographic explorations. Culling from everyday life experience, Barber’s images reveal the subtle yet complex narratives hidden in seemingly mundane subject matter. The images have an unusual balance, feeling spontaneous yet carefully composed, blunt yet ethereal, familiar yet mysterious, comfortable yet haunted by an invisible, emotional tension. It’s this tension that the title Relations alludes to; the tension between the countless relationships happening in and around the frame of each photograph, and the relationships the photographs then have, in turn, to each other.

Tim Barber was born in Vancouver BC, Canada, grew up in Amherst Massachusetts, lived briefly in the mountains of Northern Vermont before returning to Vancouver to study photography, and now lives and works in New York City. A photographer, curator and designer, Barber runs the creative community platform time-and-space.tv (formerly known as tinyvices.com) and has, over the past 10 years, curated and produced multiple exhibitions and publications showcasing hundreds of photographers and artists from around the world. Barber has been making photographs for over 20 years, and has been published and exhibited globally. This is his first exhibition with Capricious 88.

A limited number of copies of the show’s catalog Relations (published by Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo, September 2013) will be available at the opening.

Capricious 88 provides a platform for fine art photographers, with a focus on emerging careers. Capricious offers vital support and greater visibility to artists and contemporary issues, while fostering growth of the public’s perspective on photography at large.

For further information, please contact Jill Smith at gallery@becapricious.com or Sophie Morner at info@becapricious.com or visit our website at www.becapricious.com.

'Eleven Years' by Jen Davis

On a recent trip to the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center for their annual photo book fair, we stumbled on a wonderful talk by photographer Jen Davis, detailing her recent book Eleven Years. In this 120-page full color photo book, Davis explores ideas of beauty, intimacy and self-perception. Working with insecurities revolving around her physical appearance, Davis lays bare her personal struggles saying, “It was about opening up, like looking under the rug and trying to see what was buried deep under there.” Working with a large format camera, Davis enacts intimate scenes from her everyday life. In one photograph she sits on a bed in her underwear looking directly at the camera, confronting the viewer and herself. As the book progresses Davis introduces male subjects to explore her fantasies of intimacy. She explains, “In the work what I kept returning to is: What is love? Am I loveable? Can someone find me attractive?… At home with Mundane surroundings, I treated the camera as if it were my lover, the camera desiring me, providing me the glimpse of what was missing in my life.” In one spread she juxtaposes a photograph of her lying alone in bed, while on the other page a man’s arm wraps around her, again her face staring into the lens, as if to ask “Is this what ‘it’s like?” Eleven Years is a quietly bold, honest and visual stunning body of work.

Jen Davis (b. 1978) is a Brooklyn based photographer. For 11 years she has been working on this series of self-portrait’s dealing with issues regarding beauty, identity, and body image. Davis has exhibited widely including at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Center for Photography at Woodstock; Light Work Gallery, Syracuse; Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne. Davis’s photographs are in many public and private collections, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The Library of Congress among others.

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Photographer of the Week #64: Tony Luong

Connecticut born photographer Tony Luong graduated with a BFA in Photography from the New England Institute of Art in 2010. Currently based in Boston, he has worked editorially for such publications as Inc. Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Financial Times Magazine. Being a first generation Vietnamese American, Luong’s personal work touches on the duality of identity that often comes with growing up within two cultures. In 2012, Luong self-published the book Two Roofs that chronicles this topic which you can view here.

tonyluong.com

 

Capricious Internship!

Capricious is now welcoming applications for an internship position.

Be a part of the Capricious team, and work first-hand with the production of magazines and books, as well as our roving curatorial projects. The internship will also involve maintaining and building relationships with bookstores and museums alike, and can include general office organization and archiving.

Applicants must have a background in art and/or photography and willingness to do entry-level intern work, while being provided with unique exposure to the inner-workings of a magazine. Ideal candidates are trustworthy recent grads with positive energy, keen organizational skills and attention to detail. Proficiency with Mac applications and Adobe Creative Suite (particularly InDesign & Photoshop) and all social media outlets is desirable.

Internships are unpaid, however lunch is provided and in some situations school credit may be arranged. Interns should be able to commit 2 days per week, approximately 11am-5pm. To be considered for an internship, please submit résumé and cover letter to Anika Sabin via anika@becapricious.com

Photographer of the Week #63: Lukasz Wierzbowski

Lukasz Wierzbowski is a Polish photographer currently living and working in Wrocław, Poland. His work largely explores the relationship between the model and its’ environment, with an exciting sense of fashion, pattern, and humor. Wierzbowski’s work has exhibited extensively in Europe and abroad and in 2013 his monograph “Sequin Covered Swans” was published by Éditions du LIC.

lukaszwierzbowski.com