Sean Fader presents a “contemporary portrait of the search for love.”
Sean Fader presents a “contemporary portrait of the search for love.”
July 15

Alum Explores “the Art of Online Dating”

On July 15 the Huffington Post spotlighted the portrait series Sup? by SAIC alumnus Sean Fader (MFA 2008), part of the group exhibition The Participants at New York City’s Denny Gallery. 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 16 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 encapsulating both their online and offline personas. Presented with text exchanged during initial online conversations, the portraits explore “the complexities of online representations, mixed desires and the occasional breaches of truth.” The Participants runs through July 21.