I’m excited about TOPS gallery opening!
Victoria Sambunaris: Between Worlds
Tops Gallery is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition of the work of Victoria Sambunaris opening on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from 3-7 pm and on view through December 1, 2012.
For the last 12 years, photographer Victoria Sambunaris has traveled extensively by car exploring the transformation of the American landscape. Her work has led her to significant industrial, political, and geological areas of the country including Alaska’s North Slope, the Yellowstone hotspot, the Snake River Plain, and the US-Mexican border. Sambunaris has stated that “my process begins with an unmitigated curiosity inspired by research into industry, culture, history, anthropology, geology and ecology. My motivation to traverse the American landscape is an attempt to reveal the layers of a place. I resist approaching a landscape strictly as an expanse of scenery but view it as an anomaly with an abundance of information to be discovered.”
For her exhibition with Tops, Sambunaris presents large-scale photographs of southern cavern systems and the Snake River Plain. These photographs were selected for their relationship to the subterranean nature of the Tops gallery space and its close proximity to the Mississippi River. In addition, Sambunaris will exhibit a special installation of ephemera including a 1931 bulletin on the artesian well supply in Memphis, local maps ranging from 1916 to 1970, a selection of minerals, and several books referencing the region. A special 11x14 inch print (pictured above) from Sambunaris’ newest series of work engaging the border between the US and Mexico will also be on view and offered exclusively through Tops Gallery in an edition of 20.
Victoria Sambunaris received her MFA from Yale University in 1999. Each year, she structures her life around a photographic journey crossing the American landscape. Her most recent project has been following the US/Mexican border photographing the intersection of geology, politics, and culture along the volatile international boundary. She is a recipient of the 2010 Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and the 2010 Anonymous Was a Woman Award. In 2011, a twelve-year survey of her work was exhibited at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York and will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago in January 2013. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Lannan Foundation.
Tops Gallery is a collaborative project of photographer Matt Ducklo and curator John Weeden founded in 2012 as an initiative to cultivate a space for contemporary artists.
For details on the exhibition of Victoria Sambunaris photographs, future projects, or Tops’ program, please contact: the gallery at email@example.com.
Tops Gallery is located at 400 South Front Street, Memphis, Tennessee (basement level, entrance on Huling), and is open for viewing by appointment only.