John Opera, Baraboo,2007 archival inkjet print
Last week the Museum of Contemporary Photography opened a new exhibition entitled MP3 II: Curtis Mann, John Opera, Stacia Yeapanis. The show coincides with the release of a book by the same name published by Aperture. The exhibition and book are the second in series installment of the Midwest photographers project. Both John and Stacia are regular customers of the Bureau. I have yet to see the show but am excited to see it all installed.
Here is what the MoCP has to say about their work:
The MoCP is proud to present MP3II, an exhibition and subsequent publication of work by three contemporary photographers (Curtis Mann, Stacia Yeapanis, and John Opera) from the museum’s rotating collection, the Midwest Photographers Project.
MP3II is the second in a series of exhibitions and publications from the Midwest Photographers Project. The first volume of MP3 (and exhibition), originally published in 2006 by Aperture, featured the work of artists Kelli Connell, Justin Newhall, and Brian Ulrich.
Stacia Yeapanis uses pop culture as a platform for navigating a world of ubiquitous media. In an effort to destabilize cultural assumptions about using media as a vehicle to find meaning, she makes art that uses a language familiar to a generation captivated by pop culture and cunningly exploits her own search mechanisms – television and computer games – to create works involving photography, video, performance, computer simulation, and the Internet.
Stacia Yeapanis, Watching Buffy Kill Her First Love, 2006
“Stacia Yeapanis uses pop culture as a platform for navigating a world of ubiquitous media. In an effort to destabilize cultural assumptions about using media as a vehicle to find meaning, she makes art that uses a language familiar to a generation captivated by pop culture and cunningly exploits her own search mechanisms – television and computer games – to create works involving photography, video, performance, computer simulation, and the Internet..
John Opera,purple Diamond (Interior Abstraction), 2007 achival inkjet print
John Opera makes photographs in the spirit of transcendentalism, the idea of emphasizing the importance of the individual soul, and promoting a form of self-knowledge that can be acquired by experiencing divinity directly through nature. His lush landscapes and entrancing abstractions are made to co-exist but also to affect one another in a push and pull of form and content, surface and depth, specificity and elusiveness. His landscapes can deliver powerful depictions of nature. Yet for all their picturesque quality, they are not always spectacular. Opera’s landscapes are not intended to communicate the grandeur of nature in the tradition of the European Romantic painters. Rather, like the American Transcendentalists, Opera goes to nature for inspiration, exploring the power of the mundane to elicit a feeling of interiority and an awareness of the subjectivity of experience. He then sets up a dialectic between representational and abstract work as a vehicle for expressing these broader concerns, as a way to probe the powerful links between emotion, intellect, and perception.”
The show will run from July 17 – September 13, 2009.
Museum of Contemporary Photography
at Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
For more info please visit their website.
For more info on John Opera please visit his website.
For more info on Stacia Yeapanis please visit her website.