May 19 - July 09, 2011
Cory Prahl: Suburban Vistas
OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST
THURSDAY, MAY 19 from 6:00-8:00pm
Weinstein Gallery is pleased to present the Suburban Vistas, the first major body of work by photographer Cory Prahl.
The large format photographs (measuring 60 x 75 inches) that comprise Suburban Vistas are an investigation of the suburban landscape. Although much criticism has been directed at this aspect of American culture since the 1940s and 50s, these photographs ask the viewer to question the assumption they might have inherited and to reevaluate the cultural possibility of this new and yet unfolding American landscape.
Beginning with photographs of suburban environments, Prahl erases the homes, which are then replaced with a broad expanse of sky. The removal of the homes from the photographs does more than allow the viewer to see these landscapes as symbolic gardens; it reestablishes the horizon line, which becomes a metaphor for the limitless opportunities that exist beyond imposed human boundaries. Intensively laborious, each image is the result of 6 to 9 months of artistic effort.
Prahl graduated with an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2009. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions since 2006, including at the College of Visual Arts Gallery, St. Paul and currently teaches photography at Forrest Park Community College in Missouri.