Colleen Plumb

‘Animals Are Outside Today’ Featured in Numerous Publications

Colleen Plumb’s monograph Animals Are Outside Today was recently featured in Lenscratch, Knight Foundation Blog, and the Spanish magazine Nagari.

Animals Are Outside Today offers us the chance to contemplate our intersections with animals and consider the multi-layered impact humans have upon other living beings. Contradictions define our relationships with animals. We love and admire them; we are entertained and fascinated by them; we take our children to watch and learn about them. Animals are embedded within the core of human history—evident in our stories, rituals and symbols. At the same time, we eat, wear and cage them with seeming indifference, consuming them in countless ways. This book moves within these contradictions, always questioning if the notion of sacred will survive alongside our evolution.

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Colleen Plumb Booksigning and Exhibition at Radius

Join us this Saturday, October 29th from 4-6pm at Radius Books! Colleen Plumb is in town for the opening of her new exhibition in our space, and she will be talking about the work and signing copies of the new book, Animals Are Outside Today. Don’t miss your chance to meet this great photographer (who was recently featured in the New York Times LENS blog) and get your personalized copy of her book. The event is free and open to the public.

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Colleen Plumb – Spring Events

Want this photograph by Colleen Plumb?  Of course you do! 20 x 200, a Jen Bekman Project, is offering limited edition prints of this photograph for very affordable prices.  Each museum quality print is signed and numbered by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.  If this tickles your fancy, 20 x 200 has more prints by Colleen Plumb, Michael Light, and Michael Lundgren (all Radius Books artists).

In addition to offering her work on 20 x 200, Jen Bekman Gallery is exhibiting Colleen’s work from her new Radius book Animals Are Outside Today until April 24. The book will be available for purchase at Colleen’s gallery talk in April.

Jen Bekman Gallery – Colleen Plumb gallery talk:
Thursday, April 21 from 6-8pm.

Other events:

For Colleen’s admirers in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Art Museum will sponsor her presentation and booksigning of Animals Are Outside Today this Thursday.

Milwaukee Art Museum – with booksigning to follow:
Thursday, April 7 at 6:15pm.

Dina Mitrani Gallery at the Wynwood Art District in Miami will exhibit Animals Are Outside Today this May:
Opening reception Thursday, May 12.

Order Animals Are Outside Today here.

“Animals Are Outside Today” at Jen Bekman Gallery, March 12 to April 2

Limited edition print choice #1

Limited edition print choice #2

A one-person exhibition of Colleen Plumb’s photographs from her forthcoming Fall 2011 book,  Animals Are Outside Today, will take place at Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City from March 12 to April 24, 2011. The opening reception will be held at the gallery on March 18, 6–8pm.

Plumb describes this body of work thus:

I began this project in 1997 looking at ‘fake nature’, wondering what substitutions for nature can satisfy in people…   This series of photographs examines the essence of our connection, as well as our fragmentation from the natural. I am interested in the ever increasing disconnection that exists between humans and the natural world. The work explores simulation, consumption, destruction, and reconstruction as well as notions of endurance and the reality of loss.

Colleen Plumb’s work is held in several photography collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum, the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida, Fidelity Investments, in Boston and Beijing Natural Cultural Center, China. Her photographs have been exhibited nationwide in many one person and group exhibits, and have been widely showcased in books and publications such as PDN and Hotshoe International. Plumb currently teaches in the Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago. This is her first monograph.

Pre-order a copy of Animals Are Outside Today.
Pre-order the limited edition. (Choice of 1 of 2 prints shown above.)