Daniel Farnum

“Growing Up”


Thursday, April 29, 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception:

Friday, April 30,

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

APRIL 30  - MAY 21










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The recognition of adulthood is connected to the acceptance that childhood has slipped into the past. Memories from the places where we searched for maturity and independence are the residue that is left behind. The interplay between immediate experience and adult recollection of these spaces is where I search for the understanding of adulthood.

As children develop they move farther and farther from home and into secluded places such as schoolyards, suburban streets, trails, and empty lots adjacent to neighborhoods. These locations are where children walk home from school, ride dirt bikes, smoke cigarettes, and act out the fantasy of adulthood.  The fragility of youth is also exposed in these spaces. The absence of supervision, naive experimentation, and the threat of injury and abductions create an environment filled with uncertainty and the dangers of the unknown. This scenario parallels the psychological transition that people endure in their pursuit of maturity.

As an adult, my search for clarity and the understanding of maturity continues through the recollection of childhood memories and the expectations of what it means to be a grown up. My father passed away when I was a teenager. This event and his resulting absence propelled me into adulthood, thus impacting my recollection of childhood. The loss of my father allows me to recognize the lingering memories of adolescence that reside in the spaces where I attempted to shed my youth. The distance between memory and immediate experience is obscured. This transitory space is where I collect fragments that evoke the universal sensation of becoming an adult.

Dan Farnum was born in the blue-collar town of Saginaw, Michigan. His photographs, which address the American experience, landscape, and culture, have been showcased nationally in several exhibitions and galleries in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Milwaukee, Saint Louis, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and New York.

He is the recipient of many notable awards such as the Aperture Award from The Print Center in Philadelphia, two prizes from the Paul Sack Architectural Photography Contest, an award from the Visions exhibition given by Keith Davis (photography curator at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art), Grand Prize Winner of the Missouri Top 50 contest, and the Juror’s Selection Award given by Christopher Rauschenberg at the Center for Fine Art Photography. Dan was also recently selected by William Jenkins, who was formerly the curator of the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House and responsible for the influential New Topographics exhibition, to participate in a show titled Landscape Interrupted in Flagstaff in 2010.

Dan’s prints have previously been exhibited at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery Project in Ann Arbor, Worth Ryder Gallery at UC Berkeley, Photo SF, Focus Gallery and Diego Rivera Gallery in San Francisco, the Emerging Bay Area Artists exhibition, Sea and Space Explorations in Los Angeles, the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, and The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in NYC. Additionally, his photographs were recently published in the Exposure Project’s latest book concerning contemporary photography, and displayed in solo exhibitions at the Landon Gallery in Kansas City and at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Dan received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA from the University of Michigan.

Daniel Farnum

Growing Up

Gelatin Silver Print

24” X 30”