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ALEC SOTH: I Know How Furiously YourHeart Is Beating

March 23, 2019 to May 11, 2019
ALEC SOTH: I Know How Furiously YourHeart Is Beating
49 Geary Street
San Francisco - 94108 CA
From March 23 through May 11, 2019, Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to presentnew color photographsby Alec Soth,coinciding with the release ofhis bookI Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating,published by MACK. The exhibitionmarks a shift towards a stripped down, connection-driven approach to photography that Soth began exploring during his 2017 FraenkelLAB residency.

Taking its name from a line inWallace Stevens' poem "The Gray Room," the projectinvestigatesthepossibilities and limitationsofwhat photographs can convey about the inner lives of their subjects.Often the result ofextended engagements with the people he photographs,the large-scale portraits and interiors were madein the U.S. and Europe, and often depict artists, writers and choreographers, among others. Intimate and quiet, the imagesrevealsomethingotherwiseunknowable about both the sitter and the photographer.Soth commented:

"After the publication of my last book about social life in America,Songbook, and a retrospective of my four, large scale American projects, Gathered Leaves,I went through a long period of rethinking my creative process. For over a year I stopped traveling and photographing people. I barely took any pictures at all.

When I returned to photography, I wanted to strip the medium down to its primary elements. Rather than trying to make some sort of epic narrative about America, I wanted to simply spend time looking at other people and, hopefully, briefly glimpse their interior life.

In order to try and access these lives, I made all of the photographs in interior spaces. While these rooms often exist in far-flung places, it's only to emphasizethat these pictures aren't about any place in particular. Whether a picture is made in Odessa or Minneapolis, my goal was the same: to simply spend time in the presence of another beating heart."


I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beatingwill have concurrent presentations at Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, from March 21 to April 27, 2019; Weinstein Hammons Gallery, Minneapolis, from March 15 to May 4, 2019;and Loock Galerie, Berlin, from March 15 to April 18, 2019.

Alec Soth (b. 1969) isbasedin Minneapolis, Minnesota. His photographs have been featured in numerous exhibitions, including solo survey shows organized by Jeu de Paume, Paris; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis;and MediaSpace, London. In 2008, Soth created Little Brown Mushroom,a multi-media enterprise focused on visual storytelling.His workisinthe collection ofthe J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles;Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; SanFrancisco Museum of Modern Art;and many other institutions.The artist's monographs include Sleeping by the Mississippi;NIAGARA;The Last Days of W;Broken Manual;Gathered Leavesand Songbook.Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including aGuggenheim Fellowship in 2013. He isa member of Magnum Photos

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