Framed: 27.6 x 23.6 in
This powerful, untitled image from Chris Verene's 'Galesburg Series' presents a quietly tragic scene, capturing the stunning narrative qualities often portrayed through his photographs. With the inscription "My cousin Steve with one of his daughters. His wife had just left town for the battered women's shelter.", Verene creates an incredible psychological and emotion tension in this scene. With a wayward, almost manic expression on his face, the father looks off to the side, while his young daughter stares out to confront the viewer. With the ominous words scrawled across the top, it seems inevitable that the daughter should find herself in the same situation of abuse her mother had just escaped.
As part of the ongoing series which began in 1984, Verene looks at his family’s rural hometown in Illinois to capture the everyday side of American life. Unembellished and unstaged, the series presents a rather captivating portrayal of moments that are at once intimate and incredibly honest.
Photographer and performance artist Chris Verene (b.1969) is known for his documentary style of photography which reveals inherent human truths seen through individual’s struggles and successes in their lives. Shown at the Whitney Biennial, his powerful 1998 series ‘Camera Club’ exposed photography clubs throughout American cities which exploited women trying to become aspiring models. Verene would document the male photographers distracted by the models without their knowledge, to reveal that the clubs never actually allowed the women to achieve a career, but rather subjected them to nude or semi-nude photography with false promises of fame. Verene received his BA at Emory University and his MFA from Georgia State University. In addition to winning numerous awards including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2002, the artist has shown at numerous venues including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the Jewish Museum (New York, NY), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), among others.
Select Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN)
Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL)
Framed: 27.6 x 23.6 in