Join us for the opening reception of April is the Cruelest Month, a collaborative exhibit by photographers Stephanie Sunberg and James Molitor. Enjoy light snacks and beverages and chat with the artists! April 5, 2019 from 7-10pm.
Stephanie Sunberg is a Mexican-American artist based in Minneapolis, MN. She has been following her passion toward fine art and photography for nearly a decade. During Stephanie’s childhood in Acapulco, she started drawing and painting under the tutelage of a Mexican artist at six years old. With the arts a primary focus throughout her adolescence, Stephanie left Minneapolis after high school in order to find a place that felt more like home. She attended the University of Missouri to study Fine Arts, and discovering photography only accelerated her artistic inclinations.
Stephanie is inspired by classical painting, old ways of living, and capturing nostalgia. Every image is emotionally charged with heartbreaking or romantic narrative. Her obsession revolves around the idea of love; what it means for different cultures, how it is expressed, and why this pursuit drives us to end all reason. As a traveler, Stephanie has been creating work while on the move since graduating in 2015. More recently, she has been focusing on working through her archives creating multiple projects and series while freelancing in the U.S. and Europe.
James Molitor is an artist living and working in Minneapolis, MN. James creates self-portraits through long-exposure photography, referencing their queer history, and an attempt at communion between those with shared trauma. High contrast and dilapidated farmhouses express loneliness, the alien, and psychic struggle of coming to terms with one’s own identity. James is searching their past for the pieces of themselves left in moments of isolation and stress. The woods in the backyard, the literal and figurative closet, and bunks at a church-sponsored gay conversion therapy program contain the ghosts of former selves, and skins of a more natural being. By getting in touch with such specific moments, they are able to magnify these personal experiences and relate them on an extremely human level.
As a teenager, James was inspired by photographers like Ansel Adams, and the portrayal of nature and serenity. As an adult, James has become humbled by the earth’s natural power. Raw natural science and theoretical science fiction are some of James’ inspirations. James believes it is comforting to find such commonality in everything around them, including the things that terrify them.