Falling Apart, Carl Gunhouse Solo Exhibition + Book Release
February 9, 2013 through March 23, 2013
Guest Spot is proud to present a solo exhibition of photography by Carl Gunhouse and the release of his new book, Falling Apart published by Waal-Boght Press, Brooklyn NY.
The exhibition Falling Apart is a survey of Americana, documenting economic and social regression in a time needed for great progressive change in American history. Living in a culture that is obsessed with access to excess, blind trust in technology and its lure for the infallible has poisoned our ability to decipher between choices. Carl Gunhouse’s work draws on his academic background as a graduate student in American History to investigate relationships between current events and their historic significance. For the past six years Gunhouse has been traveling across America by car, bearing witness (with his large format camera in trunk) to the unraveling of America prosperity.
Carl Gunhouse was born in 1976 in Boston, Massachusetts, but he spent his formative years in suburban New Jersey. Growing up, he developed a love/hate relationship with suburbia that led to the angst familiar to most suburban youth. With this unrest came the discovery of the anger and DIY ethics of hardcore punk rock. Yearning to be part of the hardcore scene, he started photographing bands, which began his love of photography.
To escape suburban New Jersey, Carl enrolled at Fordham University in New York City. While completing a BA in European History at Fordham, he discovered that photography could be something to pursue a career so he decided to simultaneously complete a BFA in Photography. After going on to earn his MA in American History from Fordham, Carl concentrated on street photography. In hopes of developing and refining his photography work, Carl completed his MFA in Photography at Yale University.
Since graduating, he has found a great deal of personal satisfaction teaching as an Adjunct at Montclair State University, Cooper Union, Marymount Manhattan College, and Nassau Community College. He has also gained some renown for his straightforward writing on photography for such web sites as Searching For the Light, Lay Flat, and American Suburb X. His photography has been shown nationally and internationally. As an artist, he has produced a body of landscape and portrait photographs by driving around the United States to expose the little visual bits of America that give voice to our shared history and experience. Carl currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.