The Critical Eye

Exhibition Lab Critique
Matthew Pillsbury critiques work in the Exhibition Lab

I was fortunate to participate in Michael Foley’s Exhibition Lab project in 2019. I wanted help making my Borderlands series better and some help getting started on a new series I had been thinking about for years but never could get started making work. Michael is a gallerist and educator who runs a gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. His Exhibition Lab program gets 6 or 7 photographers together for a series of critique sessions. We met once a month and analyzed each other’s work and heard Michael’s thoughts.  Then we would return to our studios, work on the images and bring new versions to critique the next month. We were fortunate to have critique sessions with guests Matthew Pillsbury, Elinor Carucci and Philip Toledano.

It was a great experience. I got great advice on the Borderlands prints and feel like they are finally as I want them. And the new Anthropocene project is well underway after getting great feedback and ideas from the group and the guests. Elinor Carucci pointed out that the Anthropocene project work relates well to the Borderlands imaginary landscapes.  Her insight was the inspiration to get back to work on the two projects.

In the summer of 2019 the project culminated in an exhibition at the Foley Gallery.