Laurel Mountain Laurel – Jake Reinhart

March 26th, 2022 – May 28th, 2022

GPS presents ‘Laurel Mountain Laurel’ an exhibition and book release by Pittsburgh-based photographer Jake Reinhart

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From the artist’s statement:

Laurel Mountain Laurel is an imperfect palindrome. It’s an act of interpretation. It’s a body of work inspired by what is lost in translation. It’s informed by a history of erasure and exploitation. It’s an attempt to articulate the significance of place and the life inhabited there. It’s equal parts folk song compassion and doom metal riff … At the heart of all of this, it’s a depiction of the Youghiogheny (Yawk-eh-gain-ee) River Watershed. A place that has deep personal significance to me.”

From the artist’s bio:

Jake Reinhart is a photographer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.A. in Sociology and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh.

His photobook Laurel Mountain Laurel was published by Deadbeat Club Press in November 2021, and has already been recognized as a notable photobook for the year by the likes of Chris McCall (Executive Director of Pier 24), Ed and Deanna Templeton (Artists/ Photographers), and Tim Carpenter (Winner of the 2019 Silver Eye Fellowship Award).

He recently received an honorable mention for the Silver Eye Keystone Award, and was previously awarded a Flight School Artist Fellowship in 2017 and the Pittsburgh Filmmakers emerging photographer grant in 2015.

Over the past two years Jake’s work has received frequent international attention after receiving a year long commission with Germany’s Die Zeit in 2020where he published a weekly photo article in ZEITmagazin titled Pittsburgh, 2020 and was featured in their international edition alongside artists, politicians and cultural icons such as: Willem Dafoe, Angela Merkel, Malcolm Gladwell, and Dua Lipa. His work was recently exhibited in Ulm, Germany and he also has an upcoming solo exhibition at Commune Gallery in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for April of 2022.”