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‘Post-Post Era’ Photography Exhibit
January 22 - February 7Free
“Post-Post Era,” featuring the work of Southeast Missouri State University student photographer John Stringer, will open the 2020 season of the Student Artist of the Month exhibitions at Southeast Missouri State University’s Catapult Creative House.
The exhibition is currently on display on the second floor of Catapult Creative House and will run through January, with a closing reception to be held from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7.
In “Post-Post Era,” Stringer questions the medium in the age of social media and the ever-changing nature of photography. Specifically, he explores the photographic relationship between social media and society’s incessant need to post select and curated images of one’s self, accomplishments and environments as insipid reproductions of a previous social media post.
In his photograph “Takeout,” Stringer uses a sardonic eye, lighting and the spatial void to approach the reproductive nature of digital photography. Ostensibly, without a human connection, the dark ambiance of the image has an overt solemn sentiment. Simultaneously, the image creates a film noir feeling, a theme common in contemporary photography, all of which speaks to the current trend of social media artists copying images and the overt loss of originality that accompanies the imagery.