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Photos explore addiction at the ASU Night Gallery

See photographer Stephen Gittins’ Anonymous 4, Dec. 2-31 in the Night Gallery at the Tempe Marketplace.

October 31, 2011

Artist and master of fine arts candidate, Stephen Gittins, has explored the theme of recovery since his days as an undergraduate studying documentary photography at the University of Wales. He has since exhibited his work here in the U.S. and the U.K. His early works focused on binge drinking habits of young people in Wales.

Stephen Gittins’ MFA thesis exhibition, Compass and Light, revolves around a community of adults committed to recovering from addiction. The exhibition is a culmination of almost three years of intense work. Gittins combines lighting, photography and sculptural technique to explore a subject rarely encountered in an artistic context.

Addiction is characterized by an intense and uncontrollable obsession that persists even in the face of devastating consequences. Because addiction has so many dimensions and disrupts so many aspects of an individual's life, recovery is not simple. Though his work explores the complexity of this illness, Gittins’ exhibition evokes a sense of calm, encouraging the viewer to contemplate their surroundings and the predicament of his subjects.

The Night Gallery is located at the Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ. The gallery is on the west end and south side of “The District” between Barnes & Noble bookstore and Aeropostale.

Exhibition: Dec. 2 – 31, 2011. Meet the Artist: 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2. Night Gallery hours: 6–9 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday

This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Public Contact
James White 
ASU School of Art professor 480.734.8064

The School of Art is a division of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Its printmaking, photography and art education programs are nationally ranked in the top 10, and its Master of Fine Arts program is ranked eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. The school includes four student galleries for solo and group shows by graduate and undergraduate art and photography students: Gallery 100, Harry Wood, Northlight and Step. To learn more about the School of Art, visit

Media Contact:
Michelle White 
ASU School of Art 
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