Emerging photographers display prints from film in the exhibition “April is the Cruelest Month.”
Stephanie Sunberg and James Molitor present new prints of film photography in “April is the Cruelest Month.” Displayed in frames, in prints without adornment, and featuring negatives culled from thousands of exposures, the works take risks in presentation and subject. Though the images were created under wildly different circumstances and in remote localities, these artists are brought together this month to showcase an unearthing -a mining of the self, and preponderance on intimacy, longing, and nostalgia.
Stephanie Sunberg is a Mexican-American artist based in Minneapolis, MN, following her natural proclivities in fine art and photography for nearly a decade. By age six, Stephanie was making work regularly under the tutelage of a professional artist in Acapulco, Mexico. While living disparate lives 2000 miles apart, she has always been aware of an acute fracture between individuals, governments, and the day-to-day. Stephanie has been creating work as a transient since graduating from the University of Missouri in 2015. This work is the product of careful combing through her archives of film, documenting lovers domestic and international, from the past 4 years.
James Molitor - he/him, she/her, they/them. The highly personal self-portraits of James Molitor explore the relationships between identity, space, and the body. Molitor grew up as a devout Evangelical Christian in the rural Midwest, where their queer identity became a source of internal conflict. Often working within an abandoned farmhouse as a stand-in for their childhood home, Molitor engages with their past to make sense of the present. Molitor’s work expels preconceived notions of body and gender specificity, smearing these boundaries until they disappear. James Molitor is currently a BFA student at the University of Minnesota Department of Art.
Exhibition: April 5-30th, 2019
Opening Reception: April 5, 2019; 7-10pm
Address: 3500 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Viewing Hours: Wednesday-Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 12-4pm, and by appointment. Private rentals can affect gallery hours.