Bulletin #13 – Untitled (in NYC)


James R. Southard, James Southard, James Robert Southard, New York, Bulletin, Droste Effect, Droste Effect magazine, contemporary art, art paper


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Bulletin #13. Untitled (in NYC), 2017 by James R. Southard


Jesus Benavente
Shara Hughes
Taylor Baldwin
Jenn Sim
Naomi Safran-Hon
Michael Scoggins
Anthony Goicolea

James R. Southard has been working with small community groups in the hopes of building collaborative digital photo and video projects. Each series has been catered to the issues and concerns of each region through documenting local habits, patterns, rituals, language, history, and so on. This most recent year, James has started to turn the lens around towards himself. He has started to alter this regional material gathering technique into a biographical survey of his late father’s experiences in the 1970s. The resulting work has been a digital collage of still and moving images along with life action shots, building a body of work that hopes to open a dialogue with his young father and himself.


About the author:
After receiving his MFA from Carnegie Mellon in 2011, James Robert Southard has worked in the art world through invitations to international exhibitions such as the Moscow Biennale for Young Art, Hel’Pitts’Sinki’Burgh in Finland, Camaguey Cuba’s 5th International Video Art Fest and participation in the Internet Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale in Italy. In 2012, James started a collaborative photography and video series with the collaboration of the city of Seoul, Korea at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon. Soon after he took his project to Maine where he was a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, then later to MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, Yaddo Retreat in New York, Jentel in Wyoming, Vermont Studio Center and to the MASS MoCA residency in North Adams, MA. His digital construction process allows for public interactions and collaborations to bleed from the conception stage of a project into the aesthetics and compositions of each frame. While continuing this process in new communities, he has also returned to academia by teaching photography at the University of Kentucky.

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