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press release :: Hey, Hot Shot! 2011 First Edition Showcase

NEW YORK – Jen Bekman Gallery is pleased to present Hey, Hot Shot! 2011 First Edition Showcase, an exhibition featuring works from the five winning photographers of the First Edition 2011 round of competition: Robert Grimm, Laurie Kang, Kevin Kunishi, Laura Plageman and Uygur Yilmaz.


An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 6th, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Hey, Hot Shot! 2011 First Edition Showcase will be on view Saturday, January 7th, through Sunday, January 22nd.


The Hey, Hot Shot! 2011 First Edition Showcase presents a diverse selection of contemporary photography from around the globe. Robert Grimm gleans images of male strippers from live video streams, exposing a complex portrait of the young men who strip online and the yearnings of those who pay to watch them. Laurie Kang's serene still lifes and sculptural photographs reveal a world of loneliness and boredom where we least expect it. Uygur Yilmaz finds rhymes and cadence among the abandoned beach setting of a Turkish coastline during off-season. Traveling through war-torn Nicaragua, Kevin Kunishi takes an intimate look at pro- and anti-Sandinista guerrillas and the environments and objects that surround them. Laura Plageman pushes photography to its limits as she tears, bends and crumples up her luscious, green landscapes.

The photographers in this exhibition were selected from a talented pool of submissions to Hey, Hot Shot!, the international photography competition founded by Jen Bekman. A distinguished panel of arts professionals, together with the Jen Bekman Projects curatorial team, chose these five artists for their unique contributions to contemporary photography. Each photographer is awarded a stipend, and one winner will be selected for a $10,000 honorarium, a solo exhibition at the gallery and gallery representation for two years. Since its inception in 2005, Hey, Hot Shot! has debuted more than one hundred and forty photographers, including 2010 Whitney Biennial artists Nina Berman and Curtis Mann.


Hey, Hot Shot! 2011 First Edition Showcase
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