Sarah Pollman is an independent curator whose curatorial projects create conversations between artists and across media, questioning assumptions of representation, authenticity and contemporary image truths.
She has received the Curatorial Opportunity Program Grant from the New Art Center in Newton and served as Resident Curator at the Dorchester Art Project, in addition to curating exhibitions at the Photographic Resource Center and the Piano Craft Gallery.
Locating Place: Selections from the Holdings
December 23, 2019 – January 24, 2020 at the Photographic Resource Center
Meditating on landscape, Locating Place links together images from the PRC’s holdings.
Utilizing photography’s penchant for reflecting reality, these artists frame views that explore the intersection of people and places. Temporal meditations nod towards the photographic tradition of picturing the land while simultaneously revealing subtle manifestations of human presence. Some of the pictured places are human-altered while others are human-made. Others reveal coordinates that point towards the ethereal instead the grounded and create charged psychological spaces within which narratives unfold.
In the hands of these artists, the tradition of landscape photography is expanded. The photograph becomes more than just a document: it is a site of inquiry into the ever evolving relationship between people and the places they inhabit.
May 28 – August 11, 2019 at the Photographic Resource Center
Transmutations is an exhibit of six artists who deconstruct, manipulate and adorn photographs to foreground the centrality of human touch in the communication of photographic meaning.
Indexical abilities create the illusion that the photograph is an accurate record of the world. But as pictures pass from person to person, their meanings transpose: each individual brings their own set of information and assumptions to the image. Tracing what happens in this interchange, the six artists in Transmutations record performative gestures encoded into images.
Review at What Will You Remember?
Dell M. Hamilton
S. Billie Mandle
Courtney Nimura & Trevor Powers
Larry C. Volk
Building a Lineage
January 6 – January 29, 2017 at the Piano Craft Gallery
Co-curated with Allison Cekala
History is built through rhizomatic connections fostered between peers, teachers, colleagues and friends. Building a Lineage explores these connections through a case study of seven photographers. Formal connections reveal influences as much as conceptual connections reveal the emotional tenures of friendships. The process of influence is organic; it is impossible to separate out whom is a teacher, a friend, a colleague.
October 15 – November 19, 2016 at the Dorchester Art Project
Left Behind explores the physical and emotional detritus of what remains when we subtract. Through painting, photography and printmaking, the works will consider visual resonances of the forgotten and left behind.
Sarah Meyers Brent
November 13- December 11, 2015 at the Dorchester Art Project
Mimic explores the relationship between representation and reality, looking specifically at how fantasy, storytelling and the constructed narrative shift the connection between the world and how we picture it.
The Persistence of Memory
October 2 - October 31, 2015 at the Dorchester Art Project
With a nod towards Dali’s surrealist work and the Freudian notions that underlie it, this exhibit will examine the fluidity of time and memory through photography, painting and video.
Between You and Me: Resident Group Show
August 14-September 18, 2015 at the Dorchester Art Project
Illuminating connections between resident artists, Between You and Me explores the dynamics at play in an artist community. This show illuminates the tenuous threads that connect the sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs that are generated from conversations made in a communal space.
John R. Roy
Flash of an Instant
April 5-May 9, 2014 at the New Art Center in Newton
Co-curated with Caitie Moore
Flash of an Instant examines the ability of photography and video to accurately index the environments around us while questioning basic spacial and temporal assumptions.
John C. Gonzalez and Thomas Willis
Sam A. Harris
John Steck Jr.
3200K is a project devoted to printed matter and analog photography. It featured works made with light-based media employing traditional analog photographic methods. Published weekly online and several times a year in print form, 3200K created exhibition and networking opportunities for emerging artists.
44 artists participated over the course of the 2 years. A full list can be found on the website.