Woman behind Door, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters
Vanity + Consolation, the show of hauntingly beautiful photographs from Jo Ann Walters upcoming book by the same title will be closing at +Kris Graves Projects today. If you haven’t already seen it, I would highly recommend getting out for it today. In Vanity + Consolation, Walters pictures, made in her blue collar hometown of Alton Illinois, at first glance have the flavor of warm family snapshots. However upon closer observation, they go to an intimate space that few would dare go with their own families. This selection of images documents moments of nearly every age of women while men are largely absent. In that absence, we are able to see the constant conversation that occurs between women and girls over generations. Most striking are perhaps the light and humorous images of girls at play, even laughing, juxtaposed against the severe images of mature women. It’s not clear where innocence is lost, but certainly recovering it, if that is even possible, would begin by looking at the journey in an honest way. Luckily, Walters’ has done much of the work for us. For more on Walters and Vanity + Consolation, you can read Amy Stein’s interview conducted with Walters on her blog here.
Closing: Today, December 19 2-5, 111 Front St. Gallery 224
Kids on Street Kissing, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters
Kids with Box, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters
Barbara, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters
Mother and Child in Water, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters
Bent over Backwards, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters
Girl with Curler, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters
Bird Girl, photograph by Jo Ann Walters
Elderly Woman, photograph by Jo Ann Walters.
Karaoke Lady, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters
On different note, after today, +Kris Graves Projects will leave the space in Dumbo Brooklyn for as yet undisclosed newer and brighter possibilities. For the time being, he will be in private dealing. So I imagine today’s opening/closing will have a decidedly festive feel. I am going to attend and I am hoping to see you there.