“Single-Use Landscape” an exhibition featuring photography and installations by Julie A. McConnell will be showing at 4 N Main Gallery, 4 North Main St, Southampton, NY from August 1 to August 14, 2012.
Closing Reception Saturday Aug 11, 5-8 pm.
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 3-6 pm Saturday and Sunday 2-6 pm or By Appointment (917) 846-2715
Julie A. McConnell’s photographs of beach litter assemblages, as viewed through eye-catching curtains of rainbow-colored trash, are metaphors for her daily experience. “When I walk on the shore, the garbage at my feet infects my view of the sky. I try to clean up the mess but it feels futile, so I use what I find to create a visual incentive for change.” McConnell says. Her work is made from the very plastic bottles, straws, fishing line, ropes, dental-floss holders, combs, cans, styrofoam containers, and children’s toys that pile up on our beaches, eventually degrade into microscopic particles, and come back to us dispersed as toxins throughout the food chain. As an artist and photographer, she means to heighten our awareness of the pernicious way consumer culture threatens the viability of the ocean to sustain life and imperils entire ecosystems. In asking us not to be taken in by the convenience of disposable and often single-use items, McConnell makes her case with poetry, portent and wry humor.
Julie A. McConnell, a fine arts photographer living in New York, exhibits nationally and internationally. Her work has appeared in the books: A Thousand Hounds and Death in the Studio. She has been reviewed in The New York Times, C international art and featured in Photography Quarterly and Artworld Digest. She received a BFA in Photography from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, 1986 and an MFA in Photography from Hunter College, 1994. This is McConnell's seventh solo exhibition.