09 Mar - 15 Apr 2006
March 9th - April 8th, 2006
Opening Reception, Saturday March 11th, 8-10pm
Spencer Brownstone Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition organized by Tim Barber, based on his website tinyvices.com.
Barber, a New York-based photographer, started the tinyvices site a year ago as an accessible showcase for his own and other photographers' work. The exhibition will include a complex installation of photographs, drawings, and paintings by over 60 of the artists, known and unknown, that are featured on the tinyvices website.
tinyvices is a re-conceptualized web log. It functions as a community publication, an editorial project, an art gallery and archive. The site receives thousands of daily hits, and hundreds of new images are sent in for consideration every month in response to a continuous open call for submissions. Over the past year the site has expanded to encompass images from around the world, incorporating a wide variety of subjects and styles. A frequent format is that of the 'travelogue', with Barber and others' photos of everything from cross-country road trips to a visit to the vet. Common to all of the posts is a disarmingly personal perspective. A 'China Update' link, for example, turns out to contain images of ice sculptures taken by a friend's mom on holiday.
The site includes remarkable found imagery from World War II; documentation of the punk scene in rural Bavaria; old family snapshots; and obsessively repetitive images of cats. From photos of a day at a baseball game, to a series of drawings by a kid in detention, the site is like a scrap book with dozens of authors. Summing up a kind of restlessness and desire for community that lies at the heart of much of the work on tinyvices, Barber poignantly ends one dispatch from another tumultuous night at 'the Fish', with a shot of a snow pile he spots on his way home: "If we were still kids," he writes, " this snow pile would be our Max Fish. You don't need anything but snow piles when you're a kid."
Contributing artists include: Patryce Bak, Tim Barber, Jordon Bennett, Boogie, Ali Bosworth, Kenneth Cappello, Scott Conarroe, Michelle Cortez, Mark Delong, Vincent Dermody, Chris Dorland, Shane Ehman, Louise Enhorning, James Erdeg, Diego Fernandez, Leo Fitzpatrick, Alessandro Formenti, Jason Frank Rotherberg, William Galindo, Philippe Gerlach, Kava Gorna, Jeffro Halladay, Bala Heller, Eleonore Hendrix, Jerry Hsu, Gordon Hull, Sanya Kantarovsky, Ryan Kearney, Thatcher Keats, James Kendi, Richard Kern, Una Knox, Tuomas Korpijaakko, Jessie Kotler, Kim Krans, Gregory Krum, Gary LaChance, Jeff Ladouceur, Fabien Laurent Foureault, Jason Lee, Scott Lenhardt, Gina Liberto, Jimmy Limit, Andrea Longacre White, Glynnis McDaris, Ryan McGinley, Jamie James Medina, Alex Morrison, Jason Nocito, Patrick O'Dell, OODA Group, Christian Patterson, Brad Phillips, Ben Pier, Brett Pittman, Caitlin Teal Price, Bobby Puleo, Max Ryazansky, Aurel Schmidt, Robin Schwartz, Jeremy Shaw, Asha Shechter, Dan Siney, Thomas Stavnes, Jane Stockdale, Peter Sutherland, Jamie Taete, Ah Kee Thiang, Jonathan Thiang, Lucas Thorpe, Yu Ukai, Brian Ulrich, David Uzzardi, Jaimie Warren, Martynka Wawrzyniak, Jason Wurm.
Tim Barber, 27, grew up in Amherst Massachusetts, lived in the mountains of Northern Vermont, went to school for four years in Vancouver B.C. and has now settled in New York City. He recently left a two year post as photo editor for Vice magazine to pursue a career in freelance photography, art making and curating.