PCNW 2014 THESIS EXHIBITION:
JON MACLAREN, STACY OSTERMAN,
ANNA REAM AND BRITLAND TRACY
June 26–July 24
In Second Hand, Jon MacLaren explores the relationships within his family, and the repercussions of secretiveness upon them. Using existing family photographs as his raw material, he manipulates them through traditional black and white darkroom processes to produce new, large-scale pieces. Traces of the original photographs are present in the resulting images, much as the traces of long-past events are still present in us—present, yet altered; out of proportion, distorted, inescapable.
Tracy Osterman’s Same Same, But Different is a multi-media exploration of communities’ response to the aftermath of tragedy. Mending breaks in the concrete that cover the space where people gather, Osterman’s color photographs document the process of creating temporary memorials, made of found and broken ceramics, in locations around the world.
Anna Ream’s Comfort Objects is a photographic exploration of children’s complex relationships to “comfort objects,” which serve as a conduit for meeting their emotional and psychological needs. Through these photographs Ream ponders childhood and the objects’ link to parenting and motherhood as they aid children in navigating separation.
In Presence, Inhabitance, Inheritance, Britland Tracy returns to the familial places she has known all her life, staging performative tableaux that transform private spaces and objects to illuminate the fantastical and often overwhelming role they play in shaping formative human experience.
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