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  • PARADISE ROAD / PARADISE OUT-FRONT OPENS JAN. 27 AT THE SOUTHERN

    PARADISE ROAD / PARADISE OUT-FRONT OPENS JAN. 27 AT THE SOUTHERN

    “In American culture, the belief persists that through one's own efforts, a personal paradise is achievable. But what does that paradise look like? Does it really exist?” 

    On the heels of the upcoming presidential inauguration, Eliot Dudik's new series Paradise Road debuts at The Southern in a two-part exhibition Paradise Road Paradise Out-Front

    The exhibition opens Friday, January 27, 2017 with a reception: 7-10pm and runs through February 26 in Charleston, SC.

    Paradise Road | Paradise Out-Front 

    There are roughly 196 Paradise Roads in the continental United States; Eliot Dudik has photographed over 90 to date. In describing his motivation for the project, Dudik expressed he wanted to “drive to paradise and see what was there,” seeing this project as a means to “take the temperature of the country.” After all, what better way to understand the state of America than by surveying its paradises? 

    Paradise Road | Paradise Out-Front 

    For Paradise Out-Front Dudik curated a group of thirteen photographers tasked to respond with their own ideas of ‘paradise.’ This second part of the overall exhibition will feature unorthodox and personal photographic works from Ben AlperIan van CollerMark DorfMatt EichFrances JakubekThalassa RaaschJared RaglandJustin James ReedAnastasia SamoylovaBryan SchutmaatAline SmithsonKatherine Squier, and Susan Worsham

    Visit www.thesouthern.gallery/paradise-road for full artist biographies and info. 

    Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12-6pm. 

    Image: Jared Ragland, selections from the series eequivalentss 2015-2016.

    **Update: American Photo names Paradise Road | Paradise Out-Front one of the best photography exhibitions of Winter 2017.