End of the Road
April 1 – April 30
Souders began making the photographs that comprise End of the Road in March 2020 after relocating from Brooklyn to rural upstate New York. The black-and-white photographs capture candid glimpses of visitors walking to the cul-de-sac at the end of a gravel road viewed through the mesh of Souders’ screen door or through curtains of leaves and branches. Her subjects variously walk, rest, hold hands, kiss, and stop to reflect, completing a series of ordinary actions during an extraordinary year.
The sense of time’s passing unfolds in the series through the changing of the seasons and through the contemplative perambulations of Souders’s subjects. Some visitors return to the End of the Road repeatedly, while others make a momentary, but singular, impression. The photographs thus convey a sense of heightened awareness to one’s surroundings and to nature. They also express the longing for human connection that has defined our shared isolation. Each photograph sparks curiosity about the subject, what brought them to the End of the Road, and where they will go from here.
For the online presentation at UMBC, a selection of images from End of the Road is featured alongside writing by UMBC poet-in-residence Lia Purpura. Building upon the intrinsically narrative quality of the series and echoing its open-endedness, the pairing of word and image invites additional connections and reflections.
Brea Souders is a visual artist working primarily with photography. She has exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, including solo exhibitions with Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York, Bruce Silverstein Gallery and Abrons Art Center in New York. She has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, a residency with the Millay Colony, and a fellowship with the National Arts Club. Features on her work have been published in the The New Yorker, ARTnews, the Jeu de Paume magazine, and The New York Times. Souders’ work is included in many survey publications, including The Photograph as Contemporary Art (Thames & Hudson); Feelings: Soft Art (Rizzoli) and Photography is Magic (Aperture).
A link to the online exhibition will be provided.
A public program will include a conversation between Brea Souders and Lia Purpura, date to be announced.
Image: Brea Souders, End of the Road 5, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.