November 16, 2015 – January 15, 2016
The Gallery @ the Art and Music Library
University of Rochester
In Gradations, Megan Metté questions what it takes to feel at home in the contemporary American house. Through a combination of moving and still images of her own living space, Metté transforms the sterile, banal house into something new— a strange, moving, breathing dreamspace. Bare walls come to life, set in motion through animation and the construction of an interrelated network of subtle variations. Skewing the perspective of the house and wrenching the head beyond its normal axis, the images reveal the fragility of our perceptions of the home. This instability becomes a metaphor for our often-misguided ideals and our need to fill the unknown with a fantasy.
Megan Metté is a Buffalo-based artist and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester in the Art and Art History department. Megan’s work can be found both in print and online in publications such as Don’t Take Pictures, Afterimage, Of the Afternoon, and Musicworks magazine. She has received numerous honors and exhibitions, including a first place award from Jennifer Blessing, photographic curator at the Guggenheim, and a prize for Creative Photographic Concept in the 2013 Vision Art Awards at the 464 Gallery in Buffalo. More recently, her work was featured in the 2014 exhibition A “Womanhouse” or a Roaming House? “A Room of One’s Own” Today at A.I.R Gallery in Brooklyn, and again in Portland, Oregon, for the exhibition Color Space: Contemporary Photography at Black Box Gallery. Megan Metté holds an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BFA in Photography from the University of Louisville.