I was recently involved with the exhibition LINE UP: Pattern Type Taxonomy at Landmark Arts, the gallery of the Texas Tech School of Art. The show was focused around artists that worked in a typologic manner. The exhibit was co-curated by Peter S. Briggs and Joe Arredondo. Five pieces from Technically Intimate were included in the exhibition alongside works from Keily Anderson-Staley, Daniel Coburn, Warren Harold, Dona Schwartz, Robert Sebree, and Sarah Wilson.
Up now as part of Fotografia Europea, 5 pieces from Technically Intimate are showing as part of a group show titled Vita Nova. Other artists include Julia Fullerton-Batten, Paul Graham, Lise Sarfati, Hellen van Meene, Raimond Wouda, and others. Show ends June 16, 2013.
This article is by Claire Lontis and is cross-posted from Base Magazine.
Evan Baden’s Technically Intimate seeks to convey how technology has depersonalised how we interact with our partners, including the advent of a worldwide audience.
Starting the body of work in 2008, Baden’s premise is this; to observe and display how “the Internet was changing how youth culture viewed sex, intimacy, and privacy”. It is not uncommon to have, among a circle of friends, a few who have been made a fool of after an intimate self-taken photo intended for their significant other has been circulated once the relationship turned sour. Baden stumbled across websites which paid for such photos. “I began to find many sites that trafficked in sexually charged and explicit images that had been taken by young women and sent to a second person, most presumably a boyfriend. These images then somehow ended up on the Internet for the world to see. And what’s more, the images seem to move from one site to the next, spreading like a virus across the web”.
A current display in the Contemporary Art Gallery has raised a few eyebrows and aroused possibly more than just a little curiosity. The exhibit “Technically Intimate” by photographer Evan Baden features images of young adult women in the nude, re-enacting the poses of adult film stars in innocent and private spaces. The idea is to explore and exploit the fact that more and more young women are redefining intimacy by mimicking what they see in social media and on the web. The exhibit has sexually-charged images involving young women with cell phones, digital cameras and webcams.
I accepted the offer and at the time thought that it was only a four person show, since there were only three or artists listed on the website for the show. However, a few months ago, when the final press release was issued for the show, I found out that a number of excellent artists, as well as a number of people whose work I admire, were also in the show. It was of even greater surprise when the Schirn decided to use two of my images for the invitation and exhibition poster. It was at that point that I decided to come to the opening.
A while back, I was asked to come and give a lecture about my more recent work at Brazil’s largest photo festival, Paraty Em Foco. The festival is in it’s seventh year, and much of the photo world in Brazil has begun gathering there each year. There were also a number of international guests including Pieter Hugo, Olivia Arthur, and Penelope Umbrico.
PENELOPE UMBRICO’S WORK
I flew there last Wednesday. It is my first time flying south, which is odd because there was almost no time change (or jet-lag), which was welcome. I landed in Sao Paulo and then it was a nice 5 hour drive through the jungle to the costal town of Paraty. I am told it is one of the oldest settlements in Brazil and one of the most beautiful.
TALKING ABOUT MY WORK
The opening of Generation NEXT went really well. MIAD wanted to do a small lecture series in conjunction with the show. So on Tuesday night I was back in Milwaukee to talk about the work I have been making, and the work I am planning to make while here. It was a small gathering in the gallery.
The nicer part of the evening was after the talk. MIAD students wrote small essays about why they wanted to come out to dinner with me after the talk. Six were selected and off we went. It was actually the best part of the night. We were at dinner for a few hours and there were lots and lots of questions asked, both about my work, my professional life, and why I was returning to school and what that was like. Sometimes answering those types of questions for others helps me formulate my own thoughts.