Join Aurora for an evening of drinks, snacks, and a celebration of all things photobook. This will also be a private viewing party of photographic artist Conner Green’s series, Imperia, currently on display in Bluebeard’s Second Story, where he will be giving an informal artist talk.
The evening offers an opportunity to connect with people while looking at photobooks and sharing ideas. It is the first of an ongoing series of similar informal gatherings meant to bring photo enthusiasts of any genre (including commercial, fine art, and documentary) together in a casual, laid back atmosphere! To kick things off we’re keeping things simple with an open call to share a personal photobook from your own collection (or not, Aurora will have a curated selection of photobooks of its own to share with everyone).
This event is free and open to all, but please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org so we know how big this party is going to get. Entrance to the Second Story is to the left of Bluebeard’s Courtyard seating and immediately up the stairs. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the restaurant bar.
Conner Green is an Indianapolis-based artist. He studied art and literature at Indiana University and holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His work has been exhibited both national and internationally. Much of his work combines disciplines while incorporating found sculptural and print-based elements. His work explores concepts of institutional critique, myth, desire, and master narratives. He finds all of these concepts rife for discovery in the consumer-based material world and the built environment. His process allows for a certain degree of chance or disorder to come into play, which he believes enables the phenomenal world to speak for itself.
Imperia investigates the social ramifications of monumental architecture through collages of found materials, drawings, and photographs. “I understand ‘architecture’ to refer to more than just the design and decoration of buildings, but also to how thought or action can make order and meaning out of random space,” Green says. "My work, in part, attempts to excavate those embedded meanings." To create his work, Green digitally assembles his materials into sketchy, black inkjet prints that resemble schematic drawings or computer renderings, producing a sense of disorder in the otherwise highly organized and rigid, even scientific, discourse of architecture. The rendered forms do not refer to any extant structures, rather they attempt to portray a kind of composite of different built forms throughout history.