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From Arvhive / Improv series, photograph on baryta paper, 24 x 32 inches, 2016. © Paul Sunday

Paul Sunday | Archive / Improv | Photo Walls in Picture Collection Exhibition Series

The Art and Picture Collections present the site-specific photography exhibition Archive / Improv by artist and educator Paul Sunday. In this new body of work, the artist riffs on a long held fascination with minimalism and the camera. Improvising in the studio and treating images from his personal archive as materials, Paul Sunday creates collage oriented pictures that look at the photo as an object. Deadpan still images are placed into whimsical studio sets with a hint of surrealist humor. Combining elements of process and play, the images explore borders between photography, installation, painting and sculpture.

Artist, curator, and cofounder of Minus Space Matthew Deleget joins Paul Sunday for An Artist Dialogue Series event on Saturday December 3 at 2:30 p.m. inside the Corner Room on the 1st floor.

The exhibition series Photo Walls in Picture Colletion is curated by Arezoo Moseni.

Artist Statement

These pictures consider the photograph as an object. My studio is a laboratory, a space for experimentation.  It is bursting with stuff, equipment, lights, scraps of bric-a-brac, and old props but above all an extensive archive of photographic materials, the residue of twenty-five years of image making. I use all of this as material for improvisation. Riffing on the vocabularies of installation, sculpture, and collage, I endeavor to transform mundane objects into something poetic. I am fortunate to have space and time for contemplating my obsession with vision, light and the energy of ordinary things.

From Arvhive / Improv series, photograph on baryta paper, 24 x 32 inches, 2016. All images © Paul Sunday
From Arvhive / Improv series, photograph on baryta paper, 24 x 32 inches, 2016.
All images © Paul Sunday

Paul Sunday is a photographer, painter, curator and educator. He discovered his love of photography while working on avant-garde theater and performance projects in New York. His earliest images were documents of performances and portraits of actors. In the 1990s, the artist created thousands of pictures for magazines and luxury brands. His portraits of artists and celebrities have been published in Paper, aRude, Interview, Soma and German Vogue among others. In 2002 he took a hiatus from commercial work, gravitating toward abstract photography and reductive painting. He was born in Missouri. He attended school in Yorktown Heights, New York and graduated from Fordham College at Lincoln Center with a B.A. in Theater Arts. He currently shares a studio in Jersey City with his wife Pamela Sunday, a sculptor.  He teaches photography at Pratt Institute and New York Film Academy.  For additional information please visit Paul Sunday's website.

September 20th, 2016 - February 27th, 2017 Stephen A. Schwarzman Building