June showcase: Soft Cities by featured artist Gary Duehr

This month's exhibit a collection of works by artist Gary Duehr, entitled Soft Cities: 3D-- a series that explores the narrative of the urban landscape through the lens of a dream.

This month's exhibit a collection of works by artist Gary Duehr, entitled Soft Cities: 3D-- a series that explores the narrative of the urban landscape through the lens of a dream.

Soft Cities: 3D

These photographs treat urban scenes as if they're fleeting, ghostly impressions. Rather than showing the "hard city" of buildings and concrete, the images represent the viewer's dreamlike consciousness.

This imaginary city intermingles inhabitant and city, identities and desires.

There are illusions of scale and many-layered reflections.

A glance through a window, the angle of a bridge, and a translucent row of building-fronts all contribute to this displacement.
The city is what one makes of it, and vice versa.

BIO

Gary Duehr has been chosen as a Best Emerging Artist in New England by the International Association of Art Critics, and he has received an Artist Grant in photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His work has been featured in museums and galleries including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Exit Art, Umbrella Arts, and New York Arts, New York, NY; Gallery Tsubaki, Tokyo, Japan; SKC Gallery, Belgrade, Yugoslavia; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba. Past awards include grants from the LEF Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

His public artworks include a photo installation funded by the Visible Republic program of New England Foundation for the Arts, and a commission from the MBTA for a permanent photo installation at North Station.

Duehr has written about the arts for journals including ArtScope, Art New England, Art on Paper, Communication Arts, Frieze, and Public Culture. Currently he manages Bromfield Gallery in Boston's South End.

Artist contact info:
gduehr@comcast.net

About the Inside-Out Gallery
Initiated in 2009, The Inside-Out Gallery is located in the CVS Window in Davis Square, a unique space that allows the public to view an eclectic array of works from artists and local organizations each month. The mission of the Somerville Arts Council is to cultivate and celebrate the creative expressions of the Somerville community. Through innovative collaborations and quality programming we work to make the arts an integral part of life reflective of our diverse city.