Reception for the Artist: Friday, October 25, 6-10pm
The gallery is pleased to present our first solo exhibition of work by Elaine Stocki
(b. 1979, Winnipeg). In “P.A.,” Stocki questions authenticity and artifice in the
photographic medium by combining constructed performance images and documentary
“P.A.” (Public Address) consists both of images of models in contrived scenarios and
photographs of assemblages of people at events. By presenting these two types of works
together, Stocki investigates the truth of the directed image and the artifice behind the
documentary photographs and, in broader terms, value in the medium itself. Through
both content and process, Stocki’s work exploits the uneasy relationship the photographic
medium has with art, hobby and commerce.
Influenced by American street photography, Stocki’s work promotes the belief that
photographs of groups of people take the political and social temperature of the moment.
She makes meticulously hand-coloured, gelatin silver and chromogenic photographs.
Deftly using photographic and cinematic tropes, her images reside in an uneasy territory
in which the signifiers that we attach to class and race become uncertain and unknowable.
Stocki received an MFA from Yale University in 2009 and currently lives and works in
Canada. Her work has been exhibited across North America, including Art Gallery of
Ontario, Toronto; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadephia; Zach Feuer, New York and
overseas at the Deustche Guggenheim, Berlin.