Colby Caldwell will talk about his work, which is included in the current Boyden Gallery exhibition, Living On The Land, curated by Jayme McLellan.
Artist House Residency: Oct 19-25, 2017
Colby Caldwell graduated from the Corcoran School of Art (now College of Art and Design) in 1990. From 1997 – 2001, Caldwell taught in both the Fine Art and the Photography departments at the Corcoran. From 2002 – 2012, he was an Associate Professor of Art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He co- founded REVOLVE in 2014, and became the Program Director in 2017. Caldwell has curated several shows – including “Practice Makes Perfect”, at DCAC, in Washington DC, “Made History: Important Soviet WWII Photographs”, at Boyden Gallery, St. Mary’s College, and “Give and Take” at the AAAC in Asheville, NC. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally since 1988. Two previous solo shows – “gun shy”, and “spent” – opened concurrently at Hemphill Gallery and Civilian Art Projects in Washington, DC, in March of 2012, and were reviewed in Art Forum, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and other publications. In the Art Forum review critic Nord Wennerstrom wrote, “The physicality of traditional photography has long been a driving force behind Caldwell’s work, but “small game” represents his parallel dedication to the use of digital imaging. The quality of his presentation remains consistent across media – refined and elegant, here also benefiting from exceptionally careful installation.” Caldwell was selected for the 48th Corcoran Biennial, Closer to Home in 2006.
Most recently, his 2016 solo show how to survive your own death was highlighted as the culmination of a 10-year investigation of the materiality of the photograph, and a meditation on the intertwining of the digital with the natural worlds. He has collaborated with James Huckenpahler and Matt Sargent on a multi-media interpretation of his work. Entitled, “he who dreams of magic bullets…”, this interactive sound/visual piece was shown in Klaipeda, Lithuania in the spring of 2014 as part of a cultural exchange program highlighting American art. Caldwell is featured in the book, “100 DC Artists”, which was published in 2011. Currently, Caldwell is working on his first monograph tentatively titled small game.
This Artist House residency is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History.