September 30 - November 3, 2018
Artist’s reception: Sunday, September 30, 2018
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Main Gallery: Police Culture, 2016-2018
Dennis Reed’s photographs, often poetic and otherworldly, add to the conversation regarding the impact, truthfulness and usefulness of police body cameras and surveillance footage. Through his reinterpretation of these images, captured from the internet using a film camera, Reed laments what he sees as the “us versus them” attitude of police, the growing use of military tactics and weapons by police, and the ever-increasing revelations about police violence, particularly against people of color. More than that, the photographs question the truthfulness of photography itself, the limits of our individual perception, and our relentless quest to assign meanings to images
Entry Gallery: Light Dissipaters and Season Tracers, 1968-1970
Between 1968 and 1970, Dennis Reed produced a series of light installations staged to be photographed. Fluorescent lights were arranged in various configurations in vacant fields, connected to a generator, quickly lit and photographed before the police arrived (sometimes dispatched because of reports that Martians had landed). These pieces represented a photographic variant of what is now called the Light and Space movement.