exhibition slideshow

Fifty Prominent St. Louisans answer call for Cell Phone Selfies.

On View
June 7 through July 19, 2014

Opening Night Reception
Saturday, June 7, 2014
7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

They are cultural timestamps. They are ubiquitous, shameless, and revealing. They are an odd confluence of technology, marketing, and vanity. To have one you need only a cell phone and a mirror... or an outstretched arm. They are "selfies," and they are everywhere! But what are they saying about us and do they rise to the level of art?

Jerry Salz in his February 2014 article for New York Magazine writes: "We live in the age of the selfie. A fast self-portrait, made with a smartphone's camera and immediately distributed and inscribed into a network, is an instant visual communication of where we are, what we're doing, who we think we are, and who we think is watching. Selfies have changed aspects of social interaction, body language, self-awareness, privacy, and humor, altering temporality, irony, and public behavior. It's become a new visual genre--a type of self-portraiture formally distinct from all others in history. Selfies have their own structural autonomy. This is a very big deal for art."

PHD Gallery invited fifty prominent St. Louisans to take part in "SELFIE STL." The group includes Artists, Arts Administrators, Photographers, Academics, Educators, Gallerists, Journalists, Members of the Dance and Theatre Community, Politicians, and Drag Queens.

Participants were told: Images may be selfies in a mirror or selfies taken at arm's length. There are no restrictions on nudity, common sense, good taste, or duck face. Be advised, however, THESE IMAGES WILL BE ON PUBLIC VIEW." The results are delightful! The images are on view at PHD Gallery June 7 - July 19, 2014, with a free public reception on Saturday, June 7, from 7-10PM.

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