FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release
Contact:
Sara Monserrat Teixido
Director of Marketing & Communications
steixido@thedcca.org
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Jeffrey Stockbridge
Philadelphia

 
DuPont I Gallery
January 7 - May 8, 2011

"Stockbridge strives for a humanistic portrayal of individuals whose material reality stands in sharp contrast to the mythical American dream." - Maiza Hixson, Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art

Wilmington, Del. - 10 January 2011 - The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts announces the solo exhibition of Philadelphia artist Jeffrey Stockbridge titled Philadelphia.  The exhibition will be on view in the DuPont I Gallery from January 7, 2011 through May 8, 2011.  In Philadelphia, Jeffrey Stockbridge presents large-format photographs of the interiors of the city's abandoned houses and those who live in their midst. Shooting with a 4x5 view camera and available light, Stockbridge adopts a humanistic view that expresses his subjects' will to survive.The artist will lead an informal gallery talk of his exhibition on Friday, February 4 at 6:30 pm during the show's opening at DCCA's Art on the Town. In addition, Stockbridge will give a talk about his narrative photography portraying urban life on Thursday, April 14  at noon during DCCA's Art Salad. The press is invited to attend. Please contact Sara Teixido, Director of Marketing and Communications for any further information.
About the Exhibition                              

Jeffrey Stockbridge, 36th and Haverford no. 1, 2007, Archival pigment print, 40" x 50"

Jeffrey Stockbridge photographs the neglected buildings and resilient inhabitants of economically depressed neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. For his exhibition at the DCCA, Stockbridge juxtaposes images of empty or derelict interiors against portraits of local residents who have entered such inhospitable spaces and in many cases made them their own. United States Census data from 2008 indicates that Philadelphia is home to approximately 60,000 abandoned properties. Stockbridge states, "Nearly half of these are located in North Philadelphia... Although North Philly has been hit the worst, drugs, prostitution, and abandoned houses can be found in abundance across many different neighborhoods throughout the city."

While the United States is still reeling from the current recession, Stockbridge's images allude to the persistent poverty these communities have long been facing. Attuned to the contested history of photographic depiction of disenfranchised communities, Stockbridge strives for a humanistic portrayal of individuals whose material reality stands in sharp contrast to the mythical American dream. Stockbridge is on a first name basis with many of his subjects and has interviewed several of them about how they cope with daily survival. He re-casts deserted homes and vacant buildings as almost apocalyptic stage sets that evoke a narrative about the lives of current and prior tenants. While there are many glossy ads and tourist-oriented portrayals of the city, Stockbridge visualizes a more nuanced and non-commercial version of Philadelphia that acknowledges multiple experiences rather than one of privilege and perfection.

- Maiza Hixson
Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art

To view more images and download the full Jeffrey Stockbridge Exhibition Information Card from our website please visit: http://thedcca.org/exhibit/philadelphia.

About the Artist                                              

Jeffrey Stockbridge, (Philadelphia, PA) received his BS from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2008
- Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2008, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
- J. Cacciola Gallery, New York, NY
- Emerging to Established: 25 Years of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists,
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
- Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
2007
- Vacant, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
- 23 Degrees, The Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA
- Flicker, Tower Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- En Masse, Bebe Benoliel Gallery, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
- Fever Pitch: New Work from The Center for Emerging Visual Artists,
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
2006
- Challenge #2, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
- Blush, Bambi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- 80th International Competition: Photography, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
2005
- NEXUSselects, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- Drexel University Senior Photography Exhibition, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
SELECTED AWARDS AND GRANTS
- 2008 Runner Up, Exposure, Artists Wanted, Brooklyn, NY
- 2nd Place, Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2008, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
- Jurors Award, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
- 2006 Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Independence Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
- Career Development Fellowship, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
COLLECTIONS
2007 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
EDUCATION
2005 BS, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
                                                                                 
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About the DCCA
The DCCA, a non-collecting art museum founded in 1979, presents between 20 - 30 exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally and internationally recognized artists that explore topical issues in contemporary art and society, as well as symposia, lectures and tours. The DCCA provides individual studios to more than 25 artists, who also exhibit regularly within its galleries and throughout the region. The DCCA presents a variety of educational and outreach programs, including programs that integrate contemporary arts into the public school curriculum, and artists' residencies that feature collaboration with underserved community groups. The center is housed in a renovated industrial building at 200 South Madison St. in the heart of the rejuvenated Wilmington Riverfront.

DCCA gallery hours are:
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Noon - 5 pm Wednesday and Sunday
Admission is FREE

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The DCCA is wheelchair-accessible.  Visitors with special needs are encouraged to call in advance.

DCCA exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, through individual contributions; membersʼ support; major grants from AstraZeneca, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts; and by Amtrak - Official Transportation Provider for the DCCA.

High resolution images available upon request.

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CONTACT

Sara Monserrat Teixido
Director of Marketing and Communications
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

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