Project Midtown by Meredith Davenport
Run of Show: June 2 - June 20, 2014
Where: VSW's Project Space, 31 Prince Street
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM
Brown bag lunch discussions with the artist: Wednesdays June 4, 11, 18, 12:30-1:30PM
Announcing VSW's "Project Space" for artists and researchers to explore in-progress works and ideas. The purpose of VSW's Project Space is to open up a dialog about the process of creativity between artists and the community.
Over the past few years Meredith Davenport has been fascinated by the demolition and slow re-building of the Midtown Plaza in Rochester, NY in which she finds an uncanny visual relevance to images of the destruction of the Twin Towers in Manhattan. These references of destruction and despair lie in the literal heart of the city of Rochester, to an empty space that moves between promise and disappointment. The entire process of the destruction of Midtown Plaza has been documented by a camera on top of a building across the street which streams the information live to a website. Beyond the metaphors of destruction as a force of renewal, which are also quite common in the news media, Davenport has been thinking about the idea of nostalgia—a memory of something that never really existed—and how the use of images creates and builds on nostalgia.
Meredith Davenport is an Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has a distinguished career in documentary photography. Her photographs have appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times and on the cover of Newsweek magazine. She was the field producer in Colombia on the highly acclaimed HBO documentary Child Soldiers. Her work in Sudan was supported by a grant from the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism. She was invited to a fellowship at Yaddo and has received support from the Puffin Foundation.