Lauren Simonutti, Cornelia Hediger, Brittany Markert
December 2, 2017 – January 13, 2018
Opening: Saturday, Dec 9, 6-9pm
Grand Maltese Gallery is pleased to present “Catharsis” a group exhibition of female identifying artists that utilize photography as a medium for cathartic release and exploration of the self. Curated by artist Brittany Markert, the exhibit will be on view December 2nd through January 13th and will include silver gelatin prints and photomontages handmade by the artists. These artists are connected through their use of isolation, each meticulously staging scenes in their studios/homes/locations in which the star is most often the theatrical self. Through works of the late and genius Lauren Simonutti to emerging and contemporary artists Cornelia Hediger and Brittany Markert, Catharsis presents works that fearlessly address and confront the depths of our inner dialogue and celebrates photography as a medium to channel the subconscious and express an ongoing narrative.
Lauren E. Simonutti (1968- 2012) received a BFA in Photography from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her handmade limited edition photo books date from 1997 and her exhibition history dates from 1996. In 2009 she joined Catherine Edelman gallery in Chicago and exhibited her series “8 rooms, 7 mirrors, 6 clocks, 2 minds & 199 panes of glass‚” in 2010. Awards include the Baker Artist Awards in 2012 for photography.
Cornelia Hediger (b. 1967) is a graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, with a Masters in Fine Art. Her exhibition history dates from 1999, including exhibitions in the US, Canada, France, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. Her photographs have been reproduced in publications such as PHOTO+, HotShoe Magazine, Snoecks, ARTE, and Photonews among others. Awards and accolades include a PDNs 30 in 2009, and more recently, a Silver Award in the 2016 Tokyo International Foto Awards.
Cornelia Hediger lives and works in New York.
Brittany Markert (b. 1987) is a graduate of Mathematics from Santa Clara University. She moved to New York in 2012 and enrolled in a traditional black and white printing workshop at the International Center of Photography. Her exhibitions date from 2012 and she has shown in US, Denmark & France. Her ongoing photographic narrative, In Rooms, is published as a limited edition chronological photo book every 2 years. The first volume was released in 2016 and the 2nd is due to come out in early 2018.
Brittany currently lives and works in New Orleans, LA