934 Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new photographic works by artists Sami Harthoorn and Kate Sweeney. Entitled 'Take the Cake', the show addresses interconnected ideas regarding the uncontrolled and uncontrollable power of nature, the social structures of modern womanhood, and the resilience and frailty of the female body. In particular, Harthoorn and Sweeney are interested in how these ideas intersect with form, color, taste, style and the ways in which contemporary photographic depictions of these conventions (i.e. portraiture, landscape, and abstraction) become a form of elegant appropriation, or emotionally-charged ready-mades.
Sami Harthoorn (b. 1991 in Sarasota, Florida) received her BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2013. Recent exhibitions include ‘Exploring New Worlds’ at St. Lucas University College of Art and Design, Antwerp as well as publications in 'Juxtapoz Magazine' and 'Got a Girl Crush’. She currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio focusing on form, figure, and community practice.
Kate Sweeney (b. 1987 in Columbus, Ohio) is a self-taught photographer whose work has been featured in magazines such as Austere, Clear Nude, and Latent Image, as well as Dazed Magazine's social media. She currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio, where she continues to make work that focuses on the human form, abstraction, and color. She released a book in February 2015, titled "2014", of 365 self-portraits taken each day of 2014.