Brooks Dierdorff is an artist working in photography, video, sculpture and installation. He has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally at galleries that include Amos Eno in Brooklyn, New York; Punch Gallery in Seattle; the Disjecta in Portland; High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California; Johalla Projects in Chicago; the Ulrike Hamm Gallery in Bissendorf, Germany; and The New Gallery in Calgary, Canada. His work has been written about in publications including Daily Serving, Visual Arts Source, Oregon Arts Watch, and Justice League PDX. For 3 years Dierdorff was co-director of Ditch Projects, an artist-run exhibition space in Springfield, Oregon. He received his BA from the University of California, San Diego in 2007 and his MFA from the University of Oregon in 2012. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.
My work is based heavily in research, specifically regarding ecology, photography, and its current relationship to late capitalism. Thinking critically about the production, consumption, and distribution of images is absolutely crucial in understanding our current historical moment and understanding our relationship to a planet in crisis. This is the driving force behind my work. Far from simply being critical of these current circumstances, my work offers a vision for a hopeful, relational coexistence and interdependence. Taking cues from artist like Letha Wilson, Jason Dodge, and Lutz Batcher, the relationship of the viewer to an image and to an object in the exhibition space all depends on one contextualizing the other. The exhibition creates a distilled space of meaning, drawing attention to the ecologies and relationships with images, objects, and ourselves that surround us all the time and everyday.
My time at SFAI was instrumental in helping me to create an entire new body of work. SFAI provided the space, time, resources, and support that I needed.