About

I think of my practice as being at the intersections of art, activism, and creative resistance to consumer culture, combining observation, analysis, and action. As a contemporary artist, I’m keen to challenge and highlight the oft-unconscious consumption in our daily lives and to use consumer venues as a nexus of democracy.

These challenges find form through published writing and long-term creative works that critique consumer culture through creative interventionist methodologies. The Internet, the largest portal for the flow of consumer culture messages, is my preferred site for distribution. My works in these arenas draw upon my background and expertise in photographic theory and history, with particular interests in how photography is used to express power, photographic re-enactments, and the ethics of photographic representation.

My hometown is Pittsburgh, PA, a city of distinct and interconnected neighborhoods. I earned my BFA from Alfred University, where the expansive foundations program taught me to take risks in creative practice. And I learned the patience for asking and answering questions from my advisors at Syracuse University, where I earned my MFA in Art Photography from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. I am currently an Associate Professor in the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan.

 

Contact

 

rmodrak@umich.edu