Recap: Alec Soth "Broken Manual" at Sean Kelly Gallery

By - Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Alec Soth is one of the most compelling and noteworthy photographers in the contemporary art world. He jumped onto the scene with his first solo book titled “Sleeping By the Mississippi” which was extremely well received and has been featured in many solo and group shows, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Along with shooting photos, Alec runs the Little Brown Mushroom, a small independent publishing house that has put out several interesting little books and magazines. This series, “Broken Manual”, is a collection of photos taken of people who have made the choice to live off the grid, and their environment out in the wilderness disconnected from society. Many graff writers have always made it their goal to do the same, to stay clear of trouble with the law, and to remain under a shroud of mystery. “The genesis of the work is Soth’s fascination with the life of Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk who, prior to his death in 1968, lived for almost three decades at the remote Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. Additionally, Soth studied the years that Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph spent evading the authorities in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. In visits to these two locations, Soth realized that both these men’s stories ignited “a fantasy of retreat” – Sean Kelly Gallery The exhibition is up until March 11th at Sean Kelly Gallery located at 528 West 29th Street in between 10th and 11th avenues. Text: Smarth Photo: Alec Soth

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