Visiting Artists & Designers

Dana Hoey

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents Dana Hoey: Experiments in Primitive Living, curated by Dr. Maurice Berger, and organized by the CADVC.

This exhibition and catalog will focus on a recent cycle of 50 color photographs by New York artist Dana Hoey - Experiments in Primitive Living. Insects, old women, tools, and instruments of survival, such as the emergency radio, the flashlight, or the compass, inhabit these images - a vividly imagined world withering under five different weather conditions: ash, freeze, thaw, flood and drought. Hoey employs various photographic styles to shift the mood and intensity of these photographs: commercial product shot, scientific photo, portrait and epic narrative all interrelate on the walls of the exhibition. Because the subjects in the pictures are also on equal ground and of equal detail - for example, the spore and the face merit the same size and resolution - Experiments in Primitive Living exemplifies the camera's ability to inform, to sell, to explain, or to tell a story.

Dana Hoey was born in 1966 in San Francisco, CA. She received her BA in philosophy from Wesleyan University and continued her studies to earn an MFA from Yale in 1997. Hoey makes photographs, digital inkjet works and digital videos. She has exhibited in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, and London. Most notable solo exhibitions were at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, in 2000 and at the Tache Levy Gallery, Belgium. Her work is included in the following collections; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, DC; Smithsonian Institution, DC; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, CA; Middlebury College Museum of Art, VT; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY. She is currently represented by the Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York City, and currently teaches at Columbia University.

THAW - Julia 2006 | FREEZE - Compasses 2008 | THAW - Salamanders 2008
Photos Courtesy of the Artist and Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York