MARCH 3 – APRIL 15, 2018
Opening Reception Saturday, March 3, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Artists’ talks at 6:30 PM
AnnieLaurie Erickson’s work investigates the physical apparatus of the Internet and digital surveillance. Into the Digital Mesh includes photographic works from her ongoing Data Shadows series, which examines the traces of information we leave behind as we traverse the digital sea of the Internet. Traveling to every Google Data Center in the United States and Europe, and visting the largest data facilities of Apple and Facebook, Erickson documents the massive infrastructure that houses our data, juxtaposing their unremarkable exteriors with their brightly colored and tangled interiors. The project calls to attention to the physical scale of information collected by these institutions and considers its impact on our daily experience. Erickson’s work offers a symbolic gesture of “counterveillence,” illuminating the locations holding our data through photographs that peer back into to the global scale of technology that surveils our digital lives.
AnnieLaurie Erickson is a lens-based artist and educator residing in New Orleans, LA. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Erickson is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Photography at Tulane University, as well as a collective member at Antenna in the St. Claude Arts District in New Orleans. Erickson has exhibited her work at Higher Pictures, NYC; the Goethe-Institut, Washington, DC; the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans; the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY; the Boston Center for the Arts; and CentrePasquArt, Bienne, Switzerland, among others. Notable press includes The New Yorker, The Huffington Post, Oxford American, Daily Serving, Feature Shoot, Lenscratch, Paper Magazine, Afterimage, and Foam Magazine. In 2016 Erickson received an ATLAS (Award to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant to develop her project Data Shadows.
In Collections, Keepsakes, and Souvenirs, Paho Mann and Leigh Merrill investigate our personal and cultural relationships to the objects we collect and environments we inhabit, while addressing ideas of value, memory, and desire. Observation, photographic representation, and the role of contemporary photographic technologies are central to their individual practices. Mann considers the role of technology and photography in the ways we observe and make meaning from mass-produced objects and personal collections. Through photography, video, and 3D imaging technologies, he examines the objects we own and consume to find evidence of our identity and culture. Merrill seamlessly combines thousands of images taken of the urban landscape to create digitally simulated environments that occupy the fine border between the real and the imagined. Her images explore the construction of desire, fiction, and beauty in our urban landscapes, and what she describes as “a culture of perpetual longing.”
Leigh Merrill received a BFA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from Mills College, Oakland, CA. Merrill’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Phoenix Art Museum, the diRosa Art Preserve, Lawndale Art Center, FotoFest International, and the Museum of Texas Tech University. Her work is part of the collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, the City of Phoenix, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. Merrill lives and works in Dallas, TX where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is represented by Liliana Bloch Gallery in Dallas.
Paho Mann’s work has been included in exhibitions at Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, among others. His work is included in the collections of the Tucson Museum of Art, the Museum at Texas Tech University, Nerman Museum, Overland Park, KS, and the City of Phoenix Public Art Program. Mann received a BFA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from Arizona State University. Currently, Mann lives and works in Dallas, TX, where he is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of North Texas in Denton.
These exhibitions are presented in conjunction with the FotoFest 2018 Biennial.