MP3: Volume IIPhotographs by Curtis Mann, John Opera, and Stacia Yeapanis
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The second installment of the Midwest Photographers Publication Project (MP3), also produced in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago, presents the work of three emerging artists: Curtis Mann, John Opera, and Stacia Yeapanis. For his series Modifications, Curtis Mann collects found photographs depicting conflicts in the Middle East and Northern Africa. He then bleaches and scratches the surface of the images, removing information to create new meanings from his source material. John Opera investigates the uncanny in nature. Moving between representation and geometric abstraction, his works reference historical notions of the sublime and landscape as well as modernist photography. Stacia Yeapanis's interest in modes of entertainment and hobbies has led her to explore the simulated-reality computer game The Sims 2, and the craft of embroidery, as she stitches television screen captures of characters in states of distress.
Curtis Mann (born in Dayton, Ohio, 1979) received an MFA from Columbia College, Chicago, in 2008. He was a 2007 Santa Fe Award nominee.
John Opera (born in Buffalo, NY, 1975) received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. His photographs were recently featured at Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago.
Stacia Yeapanis (born in Newport News, Virginia, 1977) received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Her work is in the collection of MoCP and the Rhizome Artbase online archive.
Introductory essays by Rod Slemmons, former director, MoCP; Natasha Egan, director and curator, MoCP; and Karen Irvine, curator, MoCP.