On view now and extended through July 20, 2013
Continuum: Doug DuBois and Aaron Blum is the first in a series which will explore mentorships and influences in contemporary photography, and those times in an artist's formative development when a special teacher or person changed everything for them. This exhibition focuses on one such mentor-mentee relationship -- that between Doug DuBois and Aaron Blum.
Each artist is represented by selections from their most recent projects. Doug DuBois' My Last Day at Seventeen is about coming of age in a housing estate in Cobh, County Cork on the southwest coast of Ireland, during the current economic downturn. This is the first time that My Last Day at Seventeen has been exhibited outside of Ireland. Aaron Blum's Born and Raised is a series of portraits of his family and friends as well as landscapes and interior scenes taken in his hometown of New Martinsville, a small rural community in the Appalachian range of West Virginia.
Continuum: Doug DuBois and Aaron Blum is organized by Silver Eye Center for Photography and curated by Ellen Fleurov, Executive Director, in collaboration with the artists.
About the Artists
Doug DuBois (American, b. Dearborn, MI, 1960) is an internationally renowned photographer and associate professor at Syracuse University where he teaches in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. He also teaches at the Hartford Art School's International Limited Residency Program and the Berlin Photo Workshops. Doug received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied under Larry Sultan, and his BA from Hampshire College, where photographers Jerome Liebling and Elaine Mayes and filmmaker Abraham Ravett were among his teachers.
The artist has exhibited internationally and his photographs are found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Among Doug DuBois' publications are the acclaimed monograph about his family, All the Days and Nights (Aperture, 2009); Where We Live: Photographs from the Berman Collection (The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007); and The Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort (MOMA, New York, 1991).
Doug has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, SITE Santa Fe, Light Works, and the John Gutmann Foundation. In 2011, the Society of Photographic Education's Northeastern Chapter presented Doug DuBois with its highest honor for a photographic educator.
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Aaron Blum (American, b. New Martinsville, WV, 1983) is DuBois' former graduate student at Syracuse University, where he received his MFA in Photography and where he was honored with a Syracuse Humanities Center Fellowship award. He received his BFA in Photography from West Virginia University. Aaron currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and is an adjunct instructor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and West Virginia University.
Aaron's work has been seen nationally and internationally, including recent shows at Project Basho, Philadelphia; DUMBO Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; and Wall Space Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA and Seattle, WA. This winter, he was included in THE FAMILY, an exhibition juried by Aline Smithson from Lenscratch and on view at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography.
A 2011 juror's choice award winner for the project competition at Center, the Santa Fe Center for Photography, Aaron has also been included in the Magenta Foundation's USA selections for photographers to watch in 2012. He has been featured online in Fraction Magazine, Flakphoto.com, Conscientious, and the photo-eye Photographer's Showcase, as well as in Next Level 22 - Pittsburgh (London, 2012).
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Image Credits: Top Row (left to right): Doug DuBois, from the series My Last Day at Seventeen, 2009-2012. Courtesy of the artist. Aaron Blum, from the series Born and Raised, 2010-2013. Courtesy of the artist. Middle Row: All images courtesy of Doug DuBois. Bottom Row: All images courtesy of Aaron Blum.