Photography and video by Jeremy Chandler
Jeremy Chandler's exhibit features recent works from a body of staged narrative imagery. Employing a visual language that draws loosely on pre-photographic hunting illustrations, cinema, battlefield photography, and personal memory, Chandler stages scenes that poetically subvert ritualized expressions of masculinity, while revealing a deep connection to place. Themes of passive searching and laying-in-wait run throughout recent pieces as conceptual threads. Men are pictured embedded in a variety of terrain, engaged in moments of still introspection, seemingly in cryptic dialogue with one another and the landscape. Cloaked figures rise from the earth, concealed by handmade camouflage suits, assembled from the terrain. As with all of Chandler’s work, the landscape becomes a character within his narratives and is used as both a stage and a medium for communication, prompting the viewer to question the nature of the character’s activities, as well as their connection to one another and the landscape. With MFA from the University of South Florida, Chandler teaches photography at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. The show runs from October 28 to November 26, with an artist talk on November 1.