Eliot Dudik: Broken Land | Still Lives
November 24, 2015 – February 14, 2016
Opening: Saturday, Dec 12, 6-9pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday. Dec 12, 7pm
The New Orleans Photo Alliance presents Eliot Dudik: Broken Land | Still Lives, a solo exhibition drawing from two bodies of work, in which he documents Civil War battlegrounds and historic reenactments, exploring the connection between culture, landscape, memory, and politics.
Eliot Dudik is the winner of the 2014 PhotoNOLA Review Prize. Reviewer Roy Flukinger, of the Harry Ransom Center, had this to say about his work:
” “Panoramic” is, of course, an appropriate term for the sweeping horizons covered by the presentational format of Eliot Dudik’s “Broken Land” series. In his case, however, it is also a most apt description of the interpretation he has brought to bear on these Civil War battlefield landscapes, as well as both the ghosts of reenactors and the transformations of man and nature that continue to metamorphose them throughout the past century and a half. While his sense of scale and color add to the elegant vitality of his prints, it is primarily his sense of human history and the ceaseless cogency of time itself that make his vision truly panoramic.”
Eliot Dudik is a photographic artist, educator, and bookmaker exploring the connection between culture, memory, landscape, history, and politics. His first monograph, ROAD ENDS IN WATER, was published in 2010. In 2012, Dudik was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and one of Oxford American Magazine’s 100 New Superstars of Southern Art. He was awarded the PhotoNOLA Review Prize in 2014 for his Broken Land and Still Lives portfolio, resulting in a book publication and solo exhibition. Broken Land was most recently published as a feature in the July/August 2015 issue of Smithsonian Magazine. FLASH FORWARD 2015 chose the series for publication and exhibition in Toronto and Boston.
His photographs have been installed in group and solo exhibitions across the United States and Canada including Dishman Art Museum (TX), Morris Museum of Art (GA), Masur Museum of Art (LA), Muscarelle Museum of Art (VA), Cassilhaus (NC), Annenberg Space for Photography (CA), Columbia Museum of Art (SC), Southeast Museum of Photography (FL), Welch Gallery at Georgia State University (GA), Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University (SC), Staniar Gallery at Washington and Lee University (VA), New Orleans Photo Alliance (LA), Carte Blanche Gallery (CA), Davis Gallery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville (FL), Carlson Gallery at the University of La Verne (CA), and the Division Gallery in Toronto, Canada, for examples. Upcoming solo exhibitions also include the Griffin Museum of Photography (MA) and the Center for Fine Art Photography (CO).
Eliot taught photography at the University of South Carolina from 2011 to 2014 before founding the photography program within the Department of Art and Art History at the College of William & Mary where he is currently teaching and directing the Andrews Gallery at the college.