Dana Hoey

Experiments In Primitive Living

November 21, 2008 - January 24, 2009

537 W 22nd Street

Opening reception: Friday, November 21st from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to present Experiments in Primitive Living, a new exhibition of photographs by Dana Hoey.

Insects, old women and plastic tools are the inhabitants of a potential world. Experiments in Primitive Living is a cycle of 40 photographs that imagine what we would be like under 5 different weather conditions – ash, freeze, thaw, flood and drought. It is a deliberately leveled archive of different photographic styles: product shot, scientific photo, portrait and epic narrative all occupy the same walls. Because the subjects in the pictures are also on equal ground – for example, the spore and the face merit the same size and resolution – the old categories serve not as aesthetic end-games but as an homage to the camera's old ability to inform, to sell, to turn you on, or to tell a story. In this possible world, there is a power vacuum, an absence of infrastructure, and now the overlooked have stepped in. Old women may rule, silently. The small detail may outlast the large story. The icicle may outlive the guitar player.

Dana Hoey lives and works in upstate New York. She has exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. This is her fifth exhibition at Friedrich Petzel Gallery.

The exhibition will open Friday, November 21st from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and will remain on view through December 20th. Friedrich Petzel Gallery is located at 535 West 22nd Street, New York, New York 10011. For further information, please contact the gallery at info@petzel.com, or call (212) 680-9467.


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    Experiments in Primitive Living
    ASH
    Installation view
    2008-2009
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    Experiments in Primitive Living
    FREEZE
    Installation view
    2008-2009
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    Experiments in Primitive Living
    THAW
    Installation view
    2008-2009
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    Experiments in Primitive Living
    DROUGHT
    Installation view
    2008-2009
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    ASH - Double Check
    2007
    Archival inkjet
    64.75 x 44.75 inches
    Edition of 7
  • 6 / 18
    ASH - Rainbow Bug
    2008
    Archival inkjet
    19.75 x 27.75 inches
    Edition of 5
  • 7 / 18
    ASH - Mentor Group
    2008
    Archival inkjet
    19.75 x 27.5 inches
    Edition of 5
  • 8 / 18
    ASH - Amaryllis
    2007
    Archival inkjet
    19.75 x 27.5 inches
    Edition of 5
  • 9 / 18
    FREEZE - Bird House
    2006
    Archival inkjet
    13.75 x 18.75 inches
    Edition of 5
  • 10 / 18
    FREEZE - Icicles
    2008
    Archival inkjet
    27.75 x 19.75 inches
    Edition of 5
  • 11 / 18
    FREEZE - Fallen
    2007
    Archival inkjet
    19.75 x 27.5 inches
    Edition of 5
  • 12 / 18
    THAW - Oil Cave
    2008
    Archival inkjet
    18.75 x 13.75 inches
    Edition of 5
  • 13 / 18
    THAW - Salamanders
    2008
    Archival inkjet
    19.75 x 27.75 inches
    Edition of 5
  • 14 / 18
    THAW - Julia
    2006
    Archival inkjet
    19.75 x 27.75 inches
    Edition of 5
  • 15 / 18
    THAW - Game Camera
    2008
    Archival inkjet
    13.75 x 18.75 inches
    Edition of 5
  • 16 / 18
    DROUGHT - Cane
    2008
    Archival inkjet
    27.75 x 19.75 inches
    Edition of 5
  • 17 / 18
    DROUGHT - Dakota Firepit
    2008
    Archival inkjet
    19.75 x 27.75 inches
    Edition of 5
  • 18 / 18
    DROUGHT - Ayler
    2008
    Archival inkjet
    44.75 x 64.75 inches
    Edition of 5