George Underwood
Solo Pop-Up Exhibition

Opening reception and book release - Thursday February 21st, 7-11pm

February 20th, 2013 through February 22nd, 2013

BROOKLYN, NY (RELEASE February 9th, 2013) — Bunnycutlet gallery is pleased to host the pop-up show Freedom, an exhibition of photographs by New York artist George Underwood. This exhibit will also coincide with the release of the artist's published book by the same name.

Underwood's fascination with society in the modern age began as a boy in upstate New York. He moved to New York City to study photography at the School of Visual Arts, focusing his attention on the 4x5 format camera. Underwood is particularly drawn to the 4x5 for its ability to make the photographer "take a step back," further amplifying his desire to capture broad scenes and crowded attractions. Heavily influenced by Joel Sternfeld's 'American Prospects,' Underwood started taking note of the American landscape and began gravitating toward capturing its grandiose nature.

Underwood's subjects range from a small town's 4th of July celebration to the city of Manhattan in the wake of hurricane Sandy, but amongst the large scopes and chaos, he also manages to capture the passionate expressions of individuals and their intimate connections to one another. To the artist, these connections evoke a duality between the American notion of freedom, exemplified by the location and scope of his scenes, and the interconnectedness that the people in these places inhabit. In the artist's own words, “Man's constant need for human contact contradicts the very notion of freedom." His large format c-prints beautifully display this constant push-pull between freedom and intimacy as they play out against the exuberant backdrop of American mainstream culture.
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