“Fourth Wall” New Work by Brooke Shaden

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Thursday, 5 January 2017 to Saturday, 18 February 2017
Thursday, 5 January 2017 - 6:00pm
Room Series by Brooke Shaden

JoAnne Artman Gallery, Presents: “Fourth Wall” New Work by Brooke Shaden 
January 5th, 2017-February 18th, 2017
Artist’s Reception: Thursday, January 5th, 2017 from 6pm-8pm
Please RSVP: 949.510.5481 by December 29th, 2016

JoAnne Artman Gallery
511A West 22nd St. || New York, NY 10011
Contact:  JoAnne Artman
Telephone:  949-510-5481 || E-mail: joanneartman@aol.com
Website: www.joanneartmangallery.com

Fourth Wall -- Room Series

In film, when a character acknowledges the audience, there is a break in the fourth wall - the film becomes self-reflective in nature. The viewer becomes aware that the film itself knows it is a work of fiction. When this “wall” was first imagined in a traditional proscenium theatre, the fourth wall was an exercise in the audience’s suspension of disbelief, with the wall being merely an illusion through which the audience could look upon the play. JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present Brooke Shaden’s Room series, a new body of work, which plays upon these ideas of perception and illusion by both acknowledging the viewer as well as the ideas of illusion and perception inherent in the photographic medium. 

Shaden’s chosen medium is by its very nature an exercise in suspension of disbelief. In the Room series, she plays with this notion by way of composition, fantastical, symbolic imagery, and an acknowledgement of the viewer’s gaze. Breaking from her previous modes of composition with figures presented in atmospheric, almost theatrical settings, the viewer is presented with works that both force and provoke the gaze. We see the figures from an advantaged angle, becoming enticed into an intimate, claustrophobic view of their inner realms and surrealistic interiors. The aesthetic quality of the photographs bring to mind the idea of “painterly” photography, a concept developed by Alfred Stieglitz in the early 20th century. This combination of the illusion of a textural surface and the view of the “rooms” from above, entertains the notion of the “fourth wall” but with a twist-we know the image is a photograph, yet it’s surface conjures other possibilities. 

Brooke Shaden (b. 1987, Lancaster, PA) is a fine art photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. She was the winner of Photographer’s FORUM 35th Annual Spring Photography Contest (2015), and one of  Shutter Magazine’s Top 10 Most Influential Photographers (2014). Her work has been featured on numerous book covers and exhibited nationally.

Brooke Shaden’s work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you're sure to find the right artistic expression!


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