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Materiality and Identity: Garth Amundson & Pierre Gour / Paho Mann

September 3 – October 5, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 5:30 - 8 pm
Gallery talk during reception beginning at 6:30 pm

Arlington- The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present an exhibition of photo-based works by Seattle-area collaborative team, Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, along with the work of Paho Mann, a Dallas artist. Guest curated by photography Senior Lecturer Bryan Florentin, both sets of work address individual and collective identity as reflected in what we consume, discard and recycle.

Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour have worked collaboratively since 1986. Their work explores the perceptions and politics surrounding the home and domestic sphere and identity politics. Using the technique of collage/montage and photo scanning to speak metaphorically about the social construction of identity, their installations invite the viewer to think about gender construction by psychologically projecting one's self into the images. Underlying all of their work are recent experiences with immigration laws that have threatened their sense of home and identity. Most of their recent work also involves their mutual collections and their love of vintage photography and various artifacts that are scanned, cut up and recontextualized as a metaphor for creation and loss of identity.

Amundson holds an MFA from Syracuse University and Gour from the University of New Mexico. Amundson is a professor of art at Western Washington University. Gour is an independent artist and visual manager for a major department store in Seattle. Both are founding members of Shift Collaborative Studio in Seattle.

Paho Mann's photographs from two separate series - the Phoenix Recycling Project and Junk Drawers - are featured in this exhibition. His archival injkjet prints showing random consumer goods hidden away in drawers demonstrate that what people collect and categorize can reveal clues about their individual personality and identity. On a societal level, his Recycling Project images point out that what we consume as a group also discloses something about our identity and culture and underlines the importance of making thoughtful choices in what we do with these objects.

Paho Mann received an MFA from Arizona State University in 2007. He lives in Dallas and is an associate professor of photography at the University of North Texas.



The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10 A.M. - 5 P.M., Saturday 12 - 5 P.M.

Located on the first floor in room 169 at the north end of the Fine Arts Building, UTA Campus, 502 S. Cooper St., Arlington, Texas.

For more information, contact Benito Huerta 817-272-3143 or Patricia Healy 817-272-5658.

The 2013-14 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, Nerwin & Martin Fine Art Services and the Wishful Wings Foundation.



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