Gerald Slota’s photographs take an aesthetic cue from his notebooks, which are compiled of torn and reassembled photographs and handwritten notes. With the focus of a storyteller, Slota cuts, collages, draws on, and scratches the surfaces of photographs—transforming them into an active site where amendments are made visible. His works allude to the sinister and intangible undercurrents in human experience; they unfix the fine line separating fiction and fact. “As I layer the image, or deconstruct it, the original concept becomes that bit more foggy” said the artist in an interview with the New Yorker. “I think, if something is not easily readable or understandable at a first look, it can create a sense of unease or confusion in the viewer. So there is that undercurrent of discomfort in the final art work.”
Slota’s work has been widely exhibited across the United States and abroad, including solo shows at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York and the Langhans Galerie in Prague, Czech Republic. His work has also been included in shows at Recontres D’ Arles in France and at the Hasted-Hunt Gallery in New York. Slota is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Whitney Museum of Art. His images have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Details, Esquire, BOMB, Blindspot, ArtNews, Art in America, and Aperture. Slota has lectured at the International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York and has garnered awards including a Polaroid 20” x 24” Grant, a MacDowell Artist Residency, and a Mid-Atlantic Fellowship Grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2001 and 2009. He currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Artist’s website: geraldslota.com