Thursday, May 19, 2011

Friend Me

I always love to see an artist respond to current social media trends, which is why I'm really looking forward to seeing Erin Fussell's exhibit, Friend Me at The Asheville Community Theater.

In this fast-paced era of social networking and text messaging, Fussell asks whether real relationships can be nurtured via digital technology. Using the old-school photographic devices of film and darkroom, Fussell's photographs are metaphors for the time spent developing human relationships.

To make the photos, Fussell contacted subjects via text messages and Facebook requests. Then she spent a substantial amount of time with each person documenting conversation and gestures.

Fussell writes: "Friend Me reminds viewers that communication tools of technology do not replace real time spent with people in one’s life."

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 20, 5:30-7:30pm

Asheville Community Theatre
35 E Walnut Street (downtown)
Asheville, NC

Friend Me will be on display until June 3.

Check out Fussell's Friend Me book:

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