PARRISH ROAD SHOW 2018 FEATURES PHOTOGRAPHER JEREMY DENNIS AND ARTIST ESLY E. ESCOBAR
Parrish Road Show, presented by the Parrish Art Museum annually in August since 2012 and featuring temporary projects by artists from the region, is designed to deeply connect creativity to everyday life on Long Island’s East End by providing exhibitions and programs in unexpected places—from public parks to historic sites, oceans, and highways. Road Show has included tours of a farming museum, art historical bike tour, local food tastings, and live music. Road Show 2018 features projects by photographer Jeremy Dennis and artist Esly E. Escobar.
“I am thrilled to present two unique, emerging artists for the 2018 Road Show” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator, Special Projects and ArtsReach.” Both represent the next generation of artists from Long Island’s East End and introduce fresh perspectives about the history, environment, and culture of the area.”
Stories—Dreams, Myths, and Experiences
The John Little Barn at Duck Creek Farm, East Hampton, NY
August 11 – September 4, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 11, 2018, 3-5 pm
Jeremy Dennis (b. 1990), Choknanipok (Man of Flint), 2015. 24.1 x 36.1 inches
Contemporary fine art photographer Jeremy Dennis (b. 1990) is a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, a federally recognized tribe headquartered in Southampton, on the East End of Long Island. In his work, Dennis explores indigenous identity, assimilation, and tradition from the lens of a millennial.
For Parrish Road Show, Dennis will present a selection of photographs from the series Stories—Indigenous Oral Stories, Dreams and Myths, which he began in 2013. Inspired by North American indigenous stories, Dennis stages supernatural images that transform these myths and legends to depictions of an actual experience in a photograph. “The themes, aesthetics, morals, and stories of each image attempt to give Native American culture a contemporary agency to discuss the taboos of post-colonialism and universal global themes,” says Dennis.
The exhibition will be on view during the month of August at The John Little Barn at Duck Creek Farm in East Hampton. This location is particularly significant in that it reflects a complex and partially shrouded history of the East End. The former studio of abstract expressionist John Little, the Barn connects the exhibition to the artistic legacy of the East End; at the same time, it is located near important sites of the Shinnecock people, including the Springy Banks Powwow Grounds, the Soak Hides Dreen, and Freetown.
The John Little Barn programs are developed by Peconic Historic Preservation Inc, a partner of the East Hampton Town Property Management Committee who manages the property.
In 2016, Jeremy Dennis was named one of 10 recipients of a Dreamstarter Grant from the national not-for-profit organization Running Strong for American Indian Youth, and the following year, he was an artist-in-residence at the Watermill Center. Both the grant and the residency resulted in Dennis’s creation of On this Site, an ongoing photography project consisting of an interactive website and subsequent book, which aims to represent the Shinnecock Tribe as a cultural producer and to create awareness of culturally significant and sensitive Native American locations throughout Long Island. www.jeremynative.com/onthissite. In the summer of 2017, the Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead presented On This Site: Indigenous People of Suffolk County, an exhibition based on the project. Dennis holds an MFA from Pennsylvania State University, State College, and a BA in Studio Art from Stony Brook University, NY. His work has been featured in several group exhibitions and solo exhibitions, including Pauppukkeewis at Zoller Gallery, State College, PA (2016) and Dreams at Tabler Gallery, Stony Brook, NY (2012).