Julie Shafer: Fireside Lounge to 41.296111, -105.515000

Julie Shafer
Fireside Lounge to 41.296111, -105.515000
November 2 – December 20, 2014
Artist Talk: Sunday, December 14, 1:30PM

2A Gallery is pleased to present Fireside Lounge to 41.296111, -105.515000, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist Julie Shafer. The images in Fireside Lounge to 41.296111, -105.515000 were created while driving the same path taken by two men in Laramie, Wyoming who kidnapped and murdered Matthew Shepard. The men enticed Shepard, an openly gay man, to follow them outside the Fireside Lounge where he was kidnapped, taken to a deer post five miles away, tied up, beaten, and left to die. He was found alive but unconscious the next morning by a cyclist who described his body as looking more like a scarecrow than a human. Matthew Shepard died in the hospital six days later.

In an attempt to create images that evoke unseen, silenced, and distorted histories, Shafer drove from the Fireside Lounge to the deer-post, photographing as she drove. Each photograph’s exposure lasted the duration of the drive, either from the lounge to the post or from the post back to the lounge.

The photos are arranged so viewers first encounter emptiness, then two images, each created through a single exposure, lasting the duration of the drive from the lounge to the deer post and back.

Using specialized processes, Julie Shafer creates photographic images that evoke the presence of unrepresented individuals and histories. She has investigated themes of race, gender, and queer politics. Her work subverts the legacy of the idealized landscape through processes that allow a give-and-take with the land, examining the tension between real and imagined borders while focusing on socio-political, geological, current and historical applications of photography.

Julie Shafer is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her work has been shown throughout Southern California, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Most notably she has shown at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside, CA, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park, The Luckman Fine Arts Gallery at CSULA, at the Kellogg Museum at CSU Pomona. At the end of 2013 she presented a lecture on her project Conquest of the Vertical for a TEDx conference. This lecture is available on-line through the TED conference YouTube channel. She received her B.A. from UC Irvine, and her M.F.A. from USC.

5 mile drive from the Fireside Lounge to 41.296111, -105.515000; Looking out the rear driver-side window, 2012
Inkjet photograph, 33 x 24 inches.

5 mile drive from the Fireside Lounge to 41.296111, -105.515000; Looking out the passenger-side window, 2012
Inkjet photograph, 33 x 24 inches.

5 mile drive from 41.296111, -105.515000 to the Fireside Lounge; Looking out the driver-side window, 2012
Inkjet photograph, 33 x 24 inches.

5 mile drive from the Fireside Lounge to 41.296111, -105.515000; Looking out the driver-side window, 2012
Inkjet photograph, 33 x 24 inches.

5 mile drive from the Fireside Lounge to 41.296111, -105.515000; Looking out the rear passenger-side window, 2012
Inkjet photograph, 33 x 24 inches.