APRIL 2009 FEATURED ARTIST || Erik Schubert

A 2007 MFA graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Erik Schubert has taught photography at Greenfield Community College and was the Digital Labs Photography Coordinator at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. He has shown in several regional juried exhibitions such as Boston Young Contemporaries and EXPOSURE: The 13th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition. Recently, he had a solo show, Thinking Big, at the Slocumb Gallery at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN and was featured in an online show, Doppelgänger, in the We Can't Paint Projects Gallery.

Inspired in part by Dale Carnegie's book How to Win Friends and Influence People and his businessman father, Schubert has been collecting and documenting scenes and ephemera of corporate aspirations and failure. Featured online are selections from this series that considers the visual effects and detritus of our business-centered society.

  - Leslie K. Brown, PRC Curator

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Artist Statement

Realizing that we live in an increasingly business-centered society, how we navigate as businesspeople may determine the success or failure of our aspirations and the ability to pursue them. I am interested in how this business-centered society shapes our visual world: the things we give significance to, the things we manufacture out of presumed necessity, and the way it shapes our language in general.

At a young age, it was instilled in me that the mythology from Dale Carnegie's classic book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, was one that predicated success and happiness in life. The book has been widely published and accepted by businesspeople and corporate planners all over the world, including my father.

Some images in this series are documentations of readymades, constructed on location. Other images are documentations of business ephemera that I have collected from such places as expositions, infomercials, my family and home. With these photographs, I try to explore and communicate metaphorically the success, failure, and complexity of corporate mythologies in society.

- Erik Schubert


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