While You Were Gone… investigates the replacement of history through the lens of local memory as situated by artists Adam Joseph Brochstein, Caleb Jagger, and Greg Stimac. The phenomenology of memory is one that is represented in many forms, through oral retelling, photography, written document, and film. These artists are looking at isolated locations to record the contemporaneous societies present in these particular small towns as well as how this has affected general Americana. Significantly while these places still subsist, they, in a way, exist to serve the memory of what they once were.
Adam Joseph Brochstein was born and raised in Texas. His fascination with the south and southwestern culture established a foundation for an incessant curiosity to explore the land, specifically in the American West. Relentlessly interested in the archetype of the father and the masculine ideal in general, Adam’s photographic practice has ranged from documentary, to tableau and narrative. Recently, he’s been interested in the manifestation of the cowboy in society today, specifically along the frontier.
Caleb Jagger was born in Austin, Tx and raised in Far West Texas. He learned photography from his father and later from Christopher Burke while working for Burke’s studio in NYC. He currently based in Far West Texas and is represented by Kris Graves Projects in NYC.
Greg Stimac lives and works in San Francisco’s Bay Area. He received his B.F.A. from Columbia College, Chicago in 2005 and is currently pursuing his M.F.A. at Stanford. Past exhibitions include Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes, which began at The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and traveled to the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and USA Today, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, an exhibition of works from their permanent collection. He was included in Faraway Nearby at the Nerman Museum and FAMILIAR: Portraits of Proximity at the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, both in Overland Park, Kansas. Most recent group exhibitions include Is This Thing On? / Screen Test at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati and Self Help Book Club, Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, Stanford, CA, both 2012. He had a solo exhibition at White Flag Projects in St. Louis, Missouri, 2010. He is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, UBS, the Wieland Collection, Atlanta, GA and the Ruttenberg Collection, Chicago, IL, among others. Stimac’s artist books, printed by Land and Sea are in the collection of SFMOMA and MOMA.
About the Curator:
Amanda Roscoe Mayo is an independent curator in San Francisco California. She received her Master’s in Curatorial Practice from California College of the art. Her exhibitions are critically curated to engage a multi-generational dialogue with a focus on emerging artists. In addition to her independent projects she is one of a rotating cast of curators curating silent film screenings for the Rock Bar in San Francisco as well as a contributing music and film writer for KQED Arts.