“My work tends to challenge perspectives on social issues,” says Dallas-based fine art photographer Maxine Helfman. Four images from Helfman’s project depicting boys in dresses are currently on view as part of “Fresh2013,” a group show of emerging contemporary photographers that runs through August 10, 2013 at Klompching Gallery in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
Helfman’s photographs “appear to be uncomplicated – almost whimsical – studio portraits,” the gallery said in a statement about the project. “However, they bring to our attention the double meanings that emerge from something as simple as a piece of clothing,” The 6-12 year old models in “Fabrication” were cast through agencies, and were told exactly what they would be doing for the portraits – putting on girls’ dresses. Helfman combed through thrift stores and eBay to find dresses that she remembered from her youth. “They always seemed to be somewhat uncomfortable. Every boy put the dress on backwards…buttons and zippers in the back seemed to make no sense to them,” Helfman says.
“Fresh2013” is Klompching Gallery’s annual summer exhibition and also includes work from Manuel Cosentino, Peter Croteau, Priya Kambli and Chang Kyun Kim. Klompching is one of 15 galleries participating this evening in Dumbo’s First Thursday Gallery Walk and will be open until 9pm.