Alec Soth: I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating

Opening reception with the artist on March 15 from 6:00-8:00pm

“Rather than trying to make some sort of epic narrative about America, I wanted to simply spend time looking at other people and, hopefully, glimpse their interior life.”

– Alec Soth

Weinstein Hammons Gallery is pleased to present I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating, an exhibition of new large format photographs by internationally renowned artist Alec Soth. This will be the artist’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery.

After an extended hiatus, Alec Soth returns to large format color photography with his new series of interior portraits. Taken over the course of a year in cities across the globe, Soth focuses on depicting the domestic intimacy of his subjects rather than focusing on their geography or nationality. Inspired and titled after a line in Wallace Stevens’ poem “The Gray Room,” Soth expresses poetic mysteries unleashed from the quiet encounter in a stranger’s room beholding the fragile enigmatic beauty of another person’s life. With the use of recurring motifs such as birds and windows, Soth draws attention to observation, time and the relationships between the photographer and the subject.

I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating will have three concurrent presentations, with slight content variations. The first exhibition will open at Weinstein Hammons Gallery, Minneapolis, March 15th, followed by Sean Kelly, New York, March 21st and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, March 23.

Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His photographs have been featured in many solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and Sao Paulo Biennials. In 2008, a large survey of Soth's work was exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. In 2010, the Walker Art Center produced a comprehensive exhibition of Soth's work entitled From Here to There. His first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, and his numerous subsequent publications have received critical acclaim and book awards. Soth has been the recipient of multiple fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). His work is included in the permanent collections of distinguished museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, amongst others. Soth has been a member of Magnum Photos since 2008.