january, 2020

15jan(jan 15)12:00 am10apr(apr 10)11:59 pmSteven Duede: Selected ProjectsFP3 Gallery

Time

January 15 (Wednesday) 12:00 am - April 10 (Friday) 11:59 pm

Location

FP3 Gallery

346 Congress Street Boston, MA 02210

Event Details

ABOUT THE WORK

3 distinct bodies of work by Boston photographer, Steven Duede. These projects were diligently developed between 2014 and 2019 and have been presented in large scale dynamic images.

Citizens of the world (Fugitive Flora vs. Macrocosm)

In these works, I find myself dealing with subjects that I’m very familiar with. Slightly corrupt florals. These images I feel are the next step in my projects in building still life imagery. My focus in past large projects had been delivering somewhat randomly selected still life within composted organic materials. In this project, I’m taking organic items from refuse or discarded items and bringing them into a less random more orchestrated scenario. In a portion of this project I’m building images that are a concentration of floral patterns, flower heads and petals some parts of vegetables, gathered together and formed into spherical shapes. When making and viewing them I can’t help but feel like they are at times a reflection of our, or other worlds. A solar system is developing full of chaos and diversity. Each world similar and yet unique, each world exhibiting its own collective personality. Furthermore, within these images I’ve developed simple stark floral studies that in my mind work as a portrait that has an individuality, a persona. Each world filled with citizens, individuals.

Work created 2017-2018 
(Selected works from this project on loan to the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University)

Home is where…

In these images of very small model houses I’m teasing at the notion that the house is a home. That our homes are a part of us in an organic way. Looking at these ‘homes’ in miniature, of plastic, from sky view, in isolation, I feel as if in some way, the viewer is an observer into something that is artificial, in the way we might see what a home really is or can be. These miniature model homes which I built as a child, were rescued from an old toy box, dusty, slightly damaged. I chose not to clean or repair the tiny homes while building this project. The works, a bit out of focus and edited in a raw unfinished fashion enhances the abstract synthetic nature of these images. I feel they also reflect a theme of home as something commercial, as something artificial, that is isolating. These images devoid of lawns, actual people, surrounding neighborhoods and sentimentality, might remind us that the sense of home is not in the structure in which we reside at all.

Our toys can be a mirror of our culture. Building toys of the late 1950’s to early 1960’s reflected recent changes in the American landscape – and the dominance of the automobile and the suburban home. Postwar suburban culture was also child-centric, so it is fitting that Steven Duede’s subjects are actually brightly-colored plastic model homes, miniaturized and made for play. Play was serious business, and designers such as Charles and Ray Eames and Russel Wright produced toys from teas sets to play animals to modular building set simply called, “The Toy.” Rescued from an old toy box, dusty, slightly damaged, and a bit out of focus, the toys that inspired Duede’s work are enlarged to distort their original intent, but also maintain an element of creative play. 

– Jessica Roscio PhD, Curator, Danforth Museum of Art at Framingham State University

Work created 2017-2019 

The Evanescence Project

In much of my work I’m dealing with subjects that are in a transitory state. The Evanescence series features images from composted organic materials. These ‘still life’ images were made exclusively in my own compost bin. The photographs reflect my continued interest in images that can be beautiful; images that are disordered, from natural elements and that also evoke something less obviously marvelous. Working in these elements bring to mind the contrast of the lovely and the less than beautiful. Thoughts about mortality and vitality can arise from participating in these sorts of themes and that thoughtful imagery abounds for me in my own creative process. I’m witnessing the decomposition of natural compositions.  In this body of work, I’m exploring the mechanics of transition through time, neglect and natural decomposition. I hope to establish images that can be beautiful and chaotic. Subjects that in their own specific way function as part of a transient process.

Work created 2014 – 2017
(Selected works held  in the collections of Danforth Museum and the Fort Wayne Art Museum)

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