Jennifer Dorsey | Alma Mater
Exhibiting Now through March 27, 2010
Flashpoint Gallery, Washington DC
Photographer Jennifer Dorsey chronicles the interiors of two Washington DC-area highs school gyms, presenting these often overlooked areas as captivating spaces.
Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present Alma Mater, the first solo exhibition in Washington, DC by area photographer Jennifer Dorsey. The show highlights Dorsey’s interest in revealing the unexpected beauty in everyday, ordinary places. Alma Mater features a series of photographs of the stark and haunting interiors of two area schools: National Cathedral School, where the artist teaches, and St. Albans School. The show opened Friday, February 19th with a reception from 6-8pm. Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G Street Northwest, Washington, DC. Phone: (202) 315-1305.
Similar to Dorsey’s past work, the pictures depict specific places while alluding to collective experiences. The artist chose to photograph high schools because audiences have a direct, personal connection to the spaces.
The photographs reflect the artist’s continuing interest in familiar spaces devoid of people. Shot from 2007 through 2008, the photographs depict empty interiors, yet evoke a timeless and universal feeling. Dorsey elaborates, “While I was struck by the historic nature and physical characteristics of both schools, I also thought a great deal about high school as a universal experience and how it is one of the more memorable and transformative times in a person’s life. I want the photographs to become triggers for people’s memories of their own high school experience.”