Roadsongs / Photographs by Jordan Sullivan
255 Centre Street, NY, NY
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 19, 6-8pm
April 19 - May 13
Image: Western Road, Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Paper, Graphite, Handwritten Text, 36x22", 2012
"There was this old townie who used to roam around State Street back when I was living in Ann Arbor, MI. He was always talking to himself and looking for someone to listen, maybe give him some cash or cigarettes. This one night, real late, in the dead of winter, he stopped me. He said, If you walk around too much you'll forget who you are. He had tears in his eyes as he said this. Before that night and after I've spent a good deal of time moving around, chasing something from one city to the next. I don't know if this lifestyle is born out of neccesity, a survival instinct, or if there's something in the blood that keeps a person on the run. But after a while the foreign places start to feel familiar - the road and the spaces inbetween towns begin to feel like home. The more time I spend roaming around the more I know that townie was right. You can lose yourself on the road. You can forget where you're going, what you love, and whatever it is you've been looking for your whole life. These are the places I passed through while I was forgetting."
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Clic Gallery presents, ROADSONGS, a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Jordan Sullivan. Drawing from personal history, ROADSONGS brings together a collection of Sullivan's recent photographs and prose. Central to the exhibit are eight landscapes shot on the road between New Mexico, Texas, and California. These images, coupled with selections of prose, explore the emotional states associated with place, while continuing Sullivan's exploration of transience and it's effect on his own perceptions of memory, freedom, and home. Further investigation also reveals Sullivan's concern for a photographs subjective nature and it's potential for truth and falsehoods. How can a photograph revive and alter a memory? How can a photograph manipulate or aid a personal history?
Sullivan's work is primarily shot on polaroid and expired 35mm film. His large-scale landscapes are printed on heavy matte papers, giving the images impressionistic and painterly qualities. The faded and muted tones of his prints further suggest the fleeting quality of the moments and places depicted.
**A special limited edition of Sullivan's book, THE GHOST COUNTRY, made in collaboration with jewelry designer Pamela Love and published by Clic Gallery, will be available at the opening.
Jordan Sullivan was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Ohio, Michigan, and Indonesia. He studied at the University of Michigan and University College London before moving to New York City. He previously worked as a construction worker in central Texas, a touring musician in New York City, and as an artist assistant to photographers Mike & Doug Starn. He has exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Japan and published numerous volumes of his work. He lives in New York City.
(Un)Familiar by Ben Rayner / Book Launch
Thursday, April 19, 6-8pm
255 Centre Street
New York, NY
In conjuction with the opening reception of Jordan Sullivan's ROADSONGS
exhibition, Clic Gallery will host the launch of British photographer Ben Rayner 's newest book, (UN)FAMILIAR
, which is also the first publication by London based publisher Greenback Editions.
"I spent a lot of time working in different cities last year, probably every two weeks or so. I was constantly travelling, either alone or with someone I knew. This series is made up from photographs I took in unfamiliar places, finding something familiar in them, be it a person or something else."
Ben Rayner is a British photographer based in New York City and London. His photographs have been exhibited internationally, and he has published numerous volumes of his work. Additionally, his work has appeared in publications such as Dazed & Confused, Vogue Homme International, Nylon, and Vice. He is the founder and publisher of Rayner Books.
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