Sean Fader presents a “contemporary portrait of the search for love.”
Sean Fader presents a “contemporary portrait of the search for love.”
July 25

Alum Explores “the Art of Online Dating”

On July 15 the Huffington Post spotlighted the portrait series “Sup?” by alumnus Sean Fader (MFA 2008), featured in the recently closed group exhibition The Participants at NYC’s Denny Gallery alongside work by SAIC community members Amber Hawk-Swanson (MFA 2006), faculty Oli Rodriguez (MA 2006, Photography), and Aiden Simon (MFA 2013). Fader’s photographs present “a contemporary portrait of the search for love,” describes writer Priscilla Frank, visualizing “the space between fantasy and reality when it comes to putting yourself on the internet.” After researching sixteen different dating sites over a yearlong period, Fader arranged dates with a series of men, each of which began by “pouring a glass of wine and snapping a photograph.” He later collaborated with each subject to create a second image, capturing both his online and offline personas. Presented alongside text exchanged during initial online conversations, the portraits explore “the complexities of online representations, mixed desires and the occasional breaches of truth.”