I see my work as existing between documentary and performance, driven by an impulse to reveal and test the fractured, hidden world beneath our intentions and experiences. What draws me are situations existing between the narrative potential of the photographic image and its silence—the in-between, the unseen, that which resists being photographed. Photography gives the impermanent the semblance of permanence.
The photograph is an index of something that exists within itself, within the subject, or between my subject and me. History loses meaning. Identities and relationships are in constant flux. Abandoned spaces become totems, playgrounds, or palaces; a suburban girl, a warrior. The Midwest becomes the site of a falling empire. But even with these designations, nothing is fixed.
I recycle these images in zines, artist books, and video to reaffirm and redefine their meanings. I protect these images, experiences that may have never happened, through this constant inquiry. I seek to create a stagnating but beautiful world, a way perhaps of both redeeming and of asserting the power of the lost.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA
Speigel Fund Teaching Fellow, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
Darkroom Photography Teaching Assistant, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2011 M.F.A. University of Pennsylvania
2009 B.A. Film Studies University of Pittsburgh
Additional Certificate in Russian and Eastern European Studies
2016 Printed Matter/Ace Hotel 40 Years-40 Nights residency, Pittsburgh, PA2010 Frank Mohr Instituut, Groningen, The Netherlands.
ONE PERSON TO FOUR PERSON EXHIBITIONS
HOUSEBOY, at The Artist Run Art Fair, Baltimore, MD
If One Won't Another One Will, Unsmoke Systems, Pittsburgh, PA*
The Storms are On the Ocean, Hill Street Country Club, Oceanside, CA*
Likely Pairings, The Week Gallery, Bogota, Colombia*
Flesh Memory, Project Space 240 Church Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Individual Retail Sale, Future Tenant Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA*
Here: The Site Photography of Stephen Grebinski, Kimbo Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA*
The Aesthetics of Obsolescence, Second Saturdays Series at The Space Upstairs, Pittsburgh, PA
Re: Re: 630 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Printed Matter's New York Art Book Fair: PS1 MoMA, NY, NY.
The Domesticity of Abandonment, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Daily Life Storage Project: I Woke Up To (group portfolio project curated by Kris Harzinski)
June Show: Percolate Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
A Fair, University of Kansas Art + Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS
The Indie Photobook Library “Migration,” Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
A Path Home: Visualizing Trauma and Healing, New Jersey University, Jersey City, NJ
The Indie Photobook Library at Boston Flashfoward Festival, Boston, MA
ATTN: Library, Kosmos Lane Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The Indie Photobook Library at Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta, GA
215/610: A Juried Drawing Exhibition of Regional Emerging Artists, DCCC Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
You Wish You Were Here. Meyerson Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Museum of Modern Art Library (New York), Self Publish, Be Happy (London), Little Berlin Gallery (Philadelphia), Indie Photobook Library (Washington, DC), Rivers of Steel National Historic District (Pittsburgh, PA), Printed Matter (New York), Booklet Library (Tokyo).