International Artist Featured at Museum
Tom Hunter creates contemplative photographs that often depict the travelers and squatters inhabiting his community of Hackney, a Borough of London. Utilizing the sprawling post-industrial relics of Hackney -- its untamed landscape, abandoned dwellings and warehouses -- Hunter creates striking images that reference paintings of the past, including those by 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer and 19th century Pre-Raphaelites, such as John Everett Millais among others.
"VantagePoint VI Tom Hunter: Contemporary Narratives" will represent the first international artist to be featured in the Mint Museum of Art's ongoing series of contemporary art. Ten large-format photographs from 1997 to 2005 will be shown in the exhibition.
Curator of Contemporary Art Carla Hanzal has selected photographs from three of Hunter's photographic series: "Persons Unknown," "Life and Death in Hackney" and the most recent "Headlines" project. The exhibit opens Dec. 23 at the Charlotte museum.
A narrative quality is apparent in each of the three series presented in this VantagePoint exhibition. Hunter's "Persons Unknown" series depicts individuals in interiors, but through dramatic settings draws the viewer into the lives of the people portrayed.
His arresting "Woman Reading a Possession Order" shows a young mother reading the document that will evict her from her home.
This photograph won the prestigious Kobal Photographic Portrait award in 1997. "The Way Home," from Hunter's "Life and Death in Hackney" series, is a portrait that references Millais' painting "Ophelia" (1851-52).
Hunter's most recent series, "Headlines," is inspired by lurid headlines found in the London Gazette. Like the Victorian author Thomas Hardy, Hunter brings to life narratives pulled from contemporary society.
Though refracted through historical antecedents, Hunter's photographs directly engage with the modern (or postmodern) world. His photographs walk the fine line of documentary anthropology and sensuous beauty.
Tom Hunter will speak about his photographs at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, in the Van Every Auditorium at the Mint Museum of Art. This lecture is open to the public and free with museum admission.
For more listings of educational activities, visit The Mint Museums Web site at www.mintmuseum.org. For more information about the exhibition, contact Hanzal at 704-337-2019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VantagePoint is the Mint Museum of Art's ongoing series of contemporary exhibitions emphasizing the range of exploration and new developments in recent art practice.
The Mint Museum of Art is located at 2730 Randolph Road in Charlotte. The Mint Museum of Craft + Design is located at 220 N. Tryon Street in Charlotte.
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