Piece description from the artist
In the Field
Taken in natural history museums, including the Field Museum in Chicago and the American Museum of Natural History in New York, these photographs make close contact with the animals, while including all the context of the displays: glass cages, neon tubes, descriptive labels.
It is as if the natural history dioramas are standing in for an overly mediated world, where instinct is frozen in place and categorized. Yet even as the artificiality is revealed, a kind of identification maintains its grip. An antelope noses the glass. A zebra peers out from a thicket. A swan bends its neck beside its own label.
In 2007, Gary Duehr was chosen as a Best Emerging Artist in New England by the "International Association of Art Critics":http://www.aica-int.org/. In 2003 Duehr received an artist grant in photography from the "Massachusetts Cultural Council":http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/, and his work has been featured in museums and galleries throughout New England.
His public artworks include a photo installation funded by the "Visible Republic":http://www.nefa.org/artist_projects/visible_republic program of "New England Foundation for the Arts":http://www.nefa.org/, and a commission from the "MBTA":http://www.mbta.com/ for a permanent photo installation at "North Station":http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/stations/?stopId=141.
Duehr has written about the arts for journals including "ArtScope":http://www.artscopemagazine.com/asdyn/index.wr, "Art New England":http://artnewengland.com/, "Art on Paper":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_on_Paper, "Communication Arts":http://www.commarts.com/, "Frieze":http://www.frieze.com/magazine/, and "Public Culture":http://publicculture.org/. Today, Gary manages the "Bromfield Gallery":http://www.bromfieldgallery.com/ in Boston's "South End":http://www.south-end-boston.com/20/Art_Galleries.