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Dana Hoey

Phoenix

26 Wooster Street

April 30 – May 29, 1999

Helldorado 1999 Selenium-toned silver print, Edition of 6
Phoenix 1999 Selenium-toned silver print, Edition of 6
F.O.R.D. 1999 Selenium-toned silver print, Edition of 6
The Valley 1999
Tucson 1999 Selenium-toned silver print, Edition of 6
Deep Bisbe 1999
Stunt Sheriff 1999
Freedom Officers 1999
Lamb's Fold 1999
Soldier 1999 Selenium-toned silver print, Edition of 6
Pantera Court 1999
Red Rock 1999
Drifter 1999 Selenium-toned silver print, Edition of 6
Jail Yard 1999
Superstition Mountain 1999
National Republic 1999
Arizona 1999 Selenium-toned silver print, Edition of 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Opening reception: Friday, April 30, 6-8 pm

Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo show of new works by Dana Hoey. The opening reception is Friday, April 30, from 6 to 8 pm. The show continues until May 29, 1999.

This new body of work, Phoenix, consists of 18 selenium-toned silverprints, each 16 x 20 inches and a large billboard. The photographs are a conflicting combination of an acerbic photo-realistic style with mythic, ultra-American narratives. Hoey stages a man-hunt between two women starting simultaneously on both the East and West Coasts that culminates when the two characters' paths intersect in Phoenix. The photographs were shot in upstate New York, Los Angeles, and such Arizona locations as Sedona, Apache Junction and Tombstone.

Some of the subjects depicted are a catfight in the OK Corral, moments with a outlaw, and a desert encounter with a truck. Meetings with a cowboy and an old man are an abject look at masculine heroes, while a photo of a girl living in a tree - to save it - designates moral courage. One image shows two female correction officers on four-wheelers who become an oracle of freedom - a vision of life without men. The different stations of the search construct a parable of the attempt to live, acquire power, security and happiness.

While Hoey's last group of color photographs were concerned with the relation between women and their immediate social environments, these pictures investigate a reversed rite-of-passage, a poetic journey into the post-feminist mind. Hoey suggests that the lawlessness of two female bounty hunters can be seen as a metaphor for making it as a woman, and in turn, contends that the women have no clear or fixed object of success.

A survey of Dana Hoey's photographs is currently exhibited in Unheimlich (Uncanny) at the Fotomuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland.

For further information, please contact the gallery at info@petzel.com, or call (212) 680-9467.

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