Sophia Wallace: Truer

Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964

On Display: March 1-31 Opening Reception: March 1, 6-9pm Free Lecture with Sophia Wallace: March 2, 1:00pm    Newspace Center for Photography is pleased to share the series Truer by photographer Sophia Wallace in our Main Gallery and San Francisco, 1964 by Arthur Tress in our Special Exhibitions Gallery. MAIN GALLERY Sophia Wallace’s series, Truer, is a love story. For seven months in 2008-2009 Wallace documented her same sex relationship. The resulting body of work functions as art and as evidence. In response to the absence of queer-narratives outside of the context of fictional lesbian subjects of heterosexual, male fantasies Wallace has created Truer, her personal story told in the first person. Sophia Wallace (b. 1978 Seattle, lives Brooklyn) works in conceptual photography and video. Exhibitions include: KUNSTHALLE Wien Contemporary Museum in Vienna, MiLK Gallery, TASCHEN Gallery, Aperture Gallery, Sasha Wolf Gallery, Kopeikin Gallery, Carnegie Art Museum and the Australian Centre of Photography among others. Wallace received her Bachelors degree in Government with a Minor in African American Studies from Smith College in 2000. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Photography from New York University and The International Center of Photography in 2005. SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS GALLERY Newspace is honored to collaborate with Blue Sky Gallery to exhibit a selection of Arthur Tress’ early documentary work, San Francisco 1964. With the 28th Republican National Convention and launch of the Beatles’ first North American tour as a contrasting socio-political backdrop, Tress spent the summer of 1964 exploring the San Franciscan urban landscape and its inhabitants with idiosyncratic curiosity. Rediscovered in 2009, this series was exhibited at the de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco in early 2012. Throughout March, in addition to the images shown at Newspace, Blue Sky will also display a portion of the series along with other work by Arthur Tress. “The subject matter of Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964 breaks down into three broad categories: public gatherings, including civil rights and political rallies; portrait studies of San Franciscans; and views of shop windows, commercial signs and architectural fragments. Often these categories overlap. In photographing events such as the Auto Row demonstrations, Tress was interested in recording passive bystanders, as well as active participants. His candid images of spectators lining the streets of San Francisco, whether isolated or in groups, capture the distinctive fashions, expressions, and body language of the era. The frequent incursions of commercial logos and signage add to the contemporary flavor of the photographs, effectively fixing time and place.” -De Young Exhibition Catalog Arthur Tress (b. 1940 Brooklyn) began shooting photographs in his teens. He received his BFA from Bard College in 1962 and began traveling internationally for four years as a documentary photographer. It was during these travels that he spent the summer of 1964 in San Francisco photographing his experiences in the city.