Reception: Friday, April 20th, 7–9 pm
By Brandon Jardine
What these things have in common is that they have all passed through me. I hold no stake in claims of having created anything new. These representations exist apart from me, all made from things that already were. Borrowing heavily from the objects and spaces around me, they are documents of a chance encounter between my subjectivity and the reality of the world in which it exists. “Who is Brandon Wesley?”—a question I inescapably find myself returning to time and time again ever since the day I made him up. Time and time again I think I’ve got it all figured out, but then some time has passed and what I thought I knew proves no longer relevant. I am Brandon Wesley, among so many other things. If asked to answer conclusively, I’d probably say “He’s the gay one,” but these things together form a document which when read bears answer as good as any. Just beneath their material surface lie insights to who he is, or once was, or maybe, rather, who he wants to be.
On "These Things"
By Santi Vernetti
The discursive space These Things creates demands that we abandon our preconceived notions of what constitutes a photographic exhibition. Gestures investigative of duration and light, the very keystone elements of the medium, have produced these things which simultaneously function to occupy the physical space of exhibition but also to intimate a much larger portrait. These things focus our attention to a multiplicity of perceptual and physical points of entry and sites of reception, commanding participation to the very spot from which one chooses to view the work while still allowing the viewer an appropriate freedom with which to explore the material diversity of the exhibition’s components and their respective physical properties. The penetrability of the exhibition’s many works (with regards to light) run the physical gamut—transparent glass, translucent transparencies, opaque items of a seemingly personal nature, digital projections of light itself.