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press release :: Beth Dow | Ruins

NEW YORK, NY Jen Bekman Gallery is pleased to present Ruins, an exhibition of twelve platinum-palladium prints by photographer Beth Dow. This is the artists second solo exhibition at Jen Bekman Gallery. Her New York City solo debut, Fieldwork, garnered wide acclaim; it was described as smartly understated and memorable by Vince Aletti for The New Yorker.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2009 from 6:00 8:00 p.m. Ruins will be on view Friday, April 10 through Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Jen Bekman Gallery, located at 6 Spring Street, New York, NY.

In Ruins, her third body of work, Dow affirms her commitment to the contemporary. With great respect for 19th century photographers Giorgio Sommer, Francis Frith and Felix Bon?ls as well as the tradition of platinum-palladium printing, her overture culminates in a provocative marriage of form and content. The series depicts faux Classical ruins found throughout the Midwest and challenges ideas of authenticity, nostalgia and the particularly American tendency to appropriate history. The gallery's founder, Jen Bekman notes,

Dow has successfully combined the American vernacular tradition in photography with an alternative photographic process, and she's created something entirely new. Because she reveres the traditions she is working from, she resists the easiest escape from them, irony and condescension, making her achievement incredibly remarkable.

Dows work has been exhibited at numerous institutions in the United States and Europe. She won the 2008 Photography.Book.Now / Blurb Competition and was nominated for the 2009 Santa Fe Prize as well as for the 2008 Aperture West Book Prize. She is a past recipient of the McKnight Foundation Fellowship. Her photographs have been featured in Black and White Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, Ag Magazine, and The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Vince Aletti reviewed her first New York solo exhibition for The New Yorker.

Ruins at Jen Bekman Gallery, 6 Spring Street.
Hours: Wednesday Saturday, noon 6pm or by private appointment.

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