Faculty Work Then & Now
MFA Thesis Work
Our perception of the American landscape is inevitably informed by events that are said to have taken place on a given site, just as our understanding of history is influenced by the landscape that is its necessary backdrop. Contemporary cinema has come to play an increasingly important role in complicating these associations by shifting the textual representation of history to a Hollywood simulacrum that combines mythology, fiction and entertainment with notions of truth, historical record and the illusion of reality. American Histories is a series of color photographs that explores this progressively complex relationship between landscape, history and film.
Each photograph in the series looks at a specific site that is tied to a particularly significant or disturbing event. These events are culled from history as well as cinema and are comprised of both fact and fiction, or some combination of the two. The accompanying text details the events associated with each place in a manner that invokes reportage and the objective tone of historical analysis. Issues of conflict and violence in our history and culture are prevalent throughout the text but the places that remain are at times quiet, seductive and ignorantly beautiful. By combining film narratives with historical events into a classical, documentary format of text and image, the series addresses photography’s role in the entanglement between media, representation and truth.
Somewhere Along the Line
From 2011 to 2017 I traveled over 100,000 miles by car, focusing my camera on the massive network of superhighways that has become ubiquitous throughout the United States. Whether located within an urban environment or leading out to the last remnants of wilderness, these roadways have been designed to suppress any distinguishing characteristics of place and instead construct a familiar and uniform system of functional spaces built for mobility and productivity. Rather than moving quickly through these spaces however, I have made the decision to slowly and deliberately dwell within them, looking for unforeseen moments of humor, pathos and humanity. My photographs look at the road as a stage where narratives play out and opposing forces often collide. The boundaries that line these landscapes, whether real or imagined, are examined by looking at the separations between public and private space, privilege and need, the individual and the collective, and the countervailing ideas of home and escape. The resulting compilation of photographs depicts the state of America’s infrastructure as a cultural indicator of its economic, social and environmental circumstances.
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Andrew Lyman is an Atlanta-based artist. He received his BFA in Photography and Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2016 and is now an MFA candidate at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art in Design at Georgia State University. His work features obsessive documentation and recording of his life events and interactions with the world through the camera lens, writing, video, drawing, and collected ephemera. His carefully arranged installations of massive amounts of media give space for viewers to synthesize, memorialize, and cherish time. The work is motivated by a need for visibility of the Queer community in Atlanta, a group of people who’s experience and existence is historically erased, limited, and made inaccessible to the public. The work grasps onto memory and attempts to provide understanding to an experience that would otherwise be buried in time. Lyman’s photographs are a part of the permanent collection of the D Museum in Seoul Korea. His work has been shown in Atlanta, Savannah, New York City, and Seoul. Lyman has been published in New York Magazine, NEON Magazine (Berlin), Zeit Campus (Germany), and Picture Newspaper, among others.
Jeremy is an Assistant Professor of Photography who teaches Graduate Critique Seminar, Alternate Processes and Introduction to Photography.
Jeremy Bolen is an artist, researcher, organizer and educator interested in site specific, experimental modes of documentation and presentation. Much of Bolen’s work involves rethinking systems of recording in an attempt to observe invisible presences that remain from various scientific experiments and human interactions with the earth’s surface. Bolen received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012 and is a recent recipient of the Banff Research in Culture Residency in Alberta, Canada; PACT Zollverein Residency in Essen, Germany; Oxbow Faculty Artist Residency in Saugatuck, MI; Anthropocene Campus Residency in Berlin; Center for Land Use Interpretation Residency in Wendover, Utah; Catwalk Institute Residency in Catskill, NY; Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology Residency in Mancelona, MI; Signal Fire Residency in Portland, OR and Joshua Tree Highlands Residency in Joshua Tree, CA. His work has been exhibited at numerous locations including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; La Box, Bourges; IDEA Space, Colorado Springs; The Mission, Houston; Galerie Zürcher, Paris; Andrew Rafacz, Chicago; Salon Zürcher, New York; The Drake, Toronto; Untitled Art Fair, Miami; Gallery 400, Chicago; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland; Depaul University Art Museum, Chicago; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, and Roots and Culture, Chicago. Bolen is co-founder and co-organizer of the Deep Time Chicago collective, and is represented by Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago.
Mattie was born and raised in Springfield, MN. She holds a bachelors degree in Journalism from Marquette University and is currently an MFA candidate in Photography at Georgia State University. She records and collects images, objects, video and sound that reveal the material character and obscured experiences of environments– often unassuming, quotidian, & transient environments. She enjoys constructing interactions with people and materials that energizes the often-static way spaces are perceived into something more active and unfixed.