Where form meets function

An exhibit that seeks to spelunk the plummeting double-helix of memory and history, “Natural History” by Texas-born Jordan Sullivan marks the the artist’s first solo New York show.

Flipping through the photographs on Sullivan’s website conjures the presence of that so-potent memory-maker, the road trip, in a familiar haze of youthful abandon. Natural History deals with its subject matter through two “narratives” and, in kind, the second half finds him “interrogating his own recent history … Photographs of friends, family, and lovers are inscribed with handwritten text [like] “I’m drinking till I smell like my old man …” The first portion of the exhibit examines his paternal grandparents’ time in Europe during World War II.

The show opens May 17th at Manhattan’s Underline Gallery and while it is on display, the gift shop will become a sound booth where visitors can record tidbits from their own personal histories.

More looks after the jump…

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