Untitled, 2019, Dannielle Bowman

What Had Happened

Dannielle Bowman

Opening Reception: January 7, 2020 , 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: January 7 – February 1, 2020

Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is pleased to present What Had Happened works by Dannielle Bowman, Baxter St 2019 Workspace Resident.

Bowman’s work investigates the histories of people left out of the grand historical narratives with which we are more familiar. Previous to this project, she photographed monuments, artifacts of antiquity, and landscapes of historical significance in the U.S. In What Had Happened, Bowman returns to where she grew up (the Baldwin Hills, Inglewood, and Crenshaw neighborhoods of Los Angeles, CA), opening her own history to ask questions about the role location and landscape play in personal evolution. 

The images recall the events, objects, and sites that mold us in order to explore themes of displacement, family history, and notions of home. Bowman asks how we remember what has marked us in a place we once called home and how that place informs who we are in the present.

Memories of place are nuanced, emotional, atmospheric, historical, and geographical; when we return to these sites they are never exactly as remembered and fail to fully complete the retelling of history. 

In these photographs the passing of time reveals itself in the shadows drifting over a backyard, in a carpeted staircase worn by years of feet treading its fibers, in the shifting earth cracking the sidewalk that lays over it. The double exposures and repeated imagery draw attention to the way that time alters our perception of locations. Collectively the images render parts of ourselves and the place we once called home lost to time.

Dannielle Bowman (b. 1989) is a visual artist working with photography. Bowman received a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art, where she was awarded the Richard Benson Prize. Bowman has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, as well as PICTURE BERLIN, in Berlin, Germany. Exhibiting her photographs in the United States and internationally, Bowman lives and works in New York.

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Scarface, Aaron’s Room, Los Angeles 2018 US, Fryd Frydendahl

ROOMS NEEDED: Sentimental Rooms

Fryd Frydendahl
Curated by Michi Jigarjian

Exhibition Dates: November 20 – February 1, 2020

Baxter St at the CCNY is pleased to announce ROOMS NEEDED: Sentimental Rooms, work by Fryd Frydendahl. The work is curated by Michi Jigarjian and on view November 20, 2019 – February 1, 2020, in our Project Space at 128 Baxter Street.

The exhibition features a display case of research materials and eight photographic prints from a larger in-progress project titled Sentimental Rooms. It is an exploration of teenage bedrooms left partly untouched by the parents many years after their teenager moved out. 

The first photograph for the series was done in 2015 when Frydendahl was invited to Thanksgiving Dinner in New Jersey at the home of a friend’s mother. She spent the night in her friend’s brother’s childhood bedroom. “I felt like I was in a time warp. It took me back to often complicated feelings around coming of age, while at the same time, being overwhelmed by a strange sentimentality that was difficult to place. I began looking for these preserved rooms to photograph.”

Once a place to assert boundaries on their journey towards autonomous adulthood, the rooms and subjects represent a place of self-expression with a blip of nostalgia. Cluttered with memorabilia—a faded Led Zeppelin towel across an unmade bed, a recumbent E.T. toy propped up on a dusty sideboard, curled and faded pictures from a high school class trip to Egypt, Frydendahl captures a time capsule of temporal, cultural relevance. 

Vacant yet preserved, these teenage bedrooms can hold lasting importance to the departed adolescence. For most, this space marks a place of security and privacy. It also marks independence as teens go to their bedrooms to individuate from the family through acts of defiance, explore their changing bodies, and express themselves aesthetically. Fryd Frydendahl takes us on a melancholic trip to the museum of an older version of the self. 

Frydendahl is currently searching for rooms, and any leads are welcomed.

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