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Hannah Whitaker:

Now celebrating 15 years of exhibiting experimental contemporary art, Locust Projects is pleased to present Limonene by New York-based artist Hannah Whitaker in the Project Room. The installation will consist of new site-specific photographs printed on vinyl and adhered directly to the gallery walls. Using litter scavenged from Miami streets, Whitaker composed impromptu assemblages, all photographed in one week-long trip in February of 2013. She then re-exposed the film using light leaks—where light makes direct contact with the film—and other experimental in-camera techniques. Whitaker, who frequently makes photographs using unpredictable methods and unwieldy materials, continues to embrace chance in Limonene. Unlike past bodies of work however, the new photographs revolve around the material specificity of one particular place—Miami.

Exploring the relationship between consumerism, formalism, and photography the works in Limonenetreat found objects in terms of their potential for mark-making. Exploiting the spectacle of consumer culture, recognizable objects resolve into collections of lines or shapes, highlighting the perfect geometry and saturated color of mass production. Exposed through handmade film screens, the light leaks and overlaid graphic forms respond to the repetitious visual motifs put forth by the found objects. The installation includes multiple iterations of a single assemblage, emphasizing the reproducibility of both photographs and consumable goods. The show’s title can be seen on a red plastic lid evident in several photographs. As found text, the title submits to the same creative forces as the rest of the show. Limonene is a chemical that smells like citrus.

About the artist
Hannah Whitaker, b. 1980 in Washington D.C. received a BA from Yale University in 2002 and a MFA from the International Center of Photography/Bard College, New York, NY Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Thierry Goldberg in New York and group shows at Galerie Christophe Gaillard in Paris, Higher Pictures in New York, and Rencontres d’Arles in France, where she was nominated for the Discovery Prize. She recently co-edited issue 45 of Blind Spot magazine and co-curated its accompanying exhibition, The Crystal Chain, at Invisible Exports in New York. She is also a contributing editor for Triple Canopy.

Locust Projects’ exhibitions and programming are made possible with the support from: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Galt & Skye Mikesell; Hannibal Cox Jr. Foundation; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. Special thanks: Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York.

Hannah Whitaker: Limonene | Mar-Apr 2013

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