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"Brian Finke: 2-4-6-8"
2005-01-06 until 2005-03-05
Stephen Cohen Gallery
Los Angeles, CA, USA United States of America

In conjunction with Tseng Kwong Chi: Ambiguous Ambassador in the main gallery, Brian Finke: 2-4-6-8 will be on display in the viewing room at the Stephen Cohen Gallery January 6 March 5. The exhibition, will reveal the private lives of teen cheerleaders and football players and the conflicting roles they must adapt to in order to be accepted by their fellow teammates. 

Diversity in uniformity is what fascinated Finke about his chosen subject: cheerleading competitions, photographed in New York City, Pennsylvania and Florida. He followed competitors from 175 schools all over the US, witnessing moments of emotion as they practiced, prayed and cried. In order to reveal the girlsidentity focused on their subtle expressions and gestures. The images also reveal the development of these teenagers and how they address such issues as social behavior, sexuality and individuality.

To compliment his series on cheerleaders, Finke decided to turn his camera toward the issue of male bonding amongst football players. Like their female supporters, these male teens are also wrestling with many of the same issues. Viewers will gain a clear feel of the conflicting roles these young men must adapt to in order to be accepted by their fellow teammates and the coaching staff.

BRIAN FINKE graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1998 with a BFA in Photography. His innate ability to focus on and capture intimate moments within very public activities while at the same time giving us the feel that this was all staged for our benefit has been featured in periodicals such as The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, Esquire, Time and Newsweek, as well as in the book Here is New York. He has received several prestigious grants and awards, including the Award of Excellence from The Alexia Foundation for World Peace (1998) and the World Press Photo Masterclass Award (2001). Finke`s photographs have also been exhibited internationally and are included in collections worldwide.

IMAGE
Brian Finke
Untitled (Cheerleading #15), 2001
copyright the artist,
courtesy of the Stephen Cohen Gallery


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