2014-15 Berkeley Civic Center Art Exhibition
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June 9, 2014 - September 2015
Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center, 2180 Milvia St., Berkeley
The Civic Center Art Exhibition is the City of Berkeley's opportunity to celebrate the richness of artistic production within the community. The annual exhibition is produced through a collaborative effort by Berkeley Art Center, Kala Art Institute, the Civic Arts Commission and Civic Arts Coordinator. This year, 37 Berkeley-based artists were selected through a juried process for exhibition in the Berkeley Martin Luther King Civic Center Building. The work is distributed throughout publicly accessible areas on six floors and is displayed for approximately 1 year. Visitors can view the artwork during regular hours of operation.
2014-2015 Selected Artists:
Ned Axthelm, Joan Baylie, Anthony Bodenmiller, Melanie Chan, Julie Cohn, Guy Colwell, Andrei Crandall, Rachel Frankel, Toni Gentilli, Sonia Gill, Tim Gleason, Stanley Goldberg, Veronica Graham, Sonja Hinrichsen, Joyce Hulbert, Cynthia Innis, Maya Kabat, Toby Kahn, Betty Kano, Nick Lawrence, Michael Layefsky, Gary Nakamoto, Colleen Neff, Miwako Nishizawa, Phyllis Pacin, Brenda Quan, Alexandra Rapp, Mary Curtis Ratcliff, Julio M Romero, Liz Schiff, Sally Smith, Allen Stross, Ruth Tabancay, Max Tarcher, Rory Terrell, Tali Weinberg, and Donna Westerman.
Here: The 2014 BAC Artists Annual, An Exhibition in Two Parts
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 15, 5-8pm
Exhibition Dates: November 15 - December 14
Berkeley Art Center presents, Here: The 2014 BAC Artists Annual, An Exhibition in Two Parts. Here: Part I is a non-juried presentation, followed by Here: Part II, curated by Aimee Friberg, director of CULT Exhibitions in San Francisco. Friberg will select outstanding artists from Part I of the exhibition who will then be invited to showcase a larger body of work in Part II. This unique exhibition experience will allow new perspectives on the broad and deep BAC artist communities.
Here: The 2014 BAC Artists Annual Part II
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 10, 5-8pm
Exhibition Dates: January 10-February 8, 2015
Here Part I Artists:
T H A N K Y O U!
We did it! We made our fundraising goal and had a fantastic time while we were at it! A very special thank you to all of the artists who donated work to Collect! It really was a stunning exhibition. Thank you as well to our generous sponsors, honorary host committee and thank you especially to the tireless efforts of all of the BAC board members and volunteers who helped make Collect! a very special and successful event.
Exhibition and Silent Auction Fundraiser
October 18-25, 2014
October 18-25, 2014
Preview Reception: Saturday, October 18, 5-8 pm
Free and open to the public
Stop by BAC the week before the auction to preview
donated artwork: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm.
Silent Auction Fundraiser
Saturday, October 25, 5-9 pm
VIP Reception 5-6 pm
Early admission includes special food and wine, the
chance to mix and mingle with donor artists and the
honorary host committee, and time to develop your
strategy to bring home your favorite artwork. Take
advantage of “buy it now” pricing
Auction Main Event: 6-9 pm
Collect! is our largest annual event featuring a stunning
exhibition and silent auction with work from some of the
most exciting Bay Area artists. Raise a glass, enjoy
delicious food, and celebrate Berkeley Art Center by
taking home some art of your own.
Featuring DJ Benazi
Get Your Shrinky Dink On!
Berkeley Art Center is proud to present the Shrinky Dink Exhibition at Collect! Session Space Collective will be on hand showcasing their newest Shrinky Dink creations. Buy a unique creation for your home or office! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Berkeley Art Center programming. For more information about Session Space, visit www.sessionspace.blogspot.com.
Visit the Collect! Pop-Up Shop
This year, Collect! will host a Pop-Up Shop installed in the heart of the auction featuring objects and jewelry created by students from CCA's Jewelry, Metal Arts and Textiles programs. This is your chance to own work by the next generation of Bay Area artists and designers. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Berkeley Art Center programming. More details to be revealed soon!
Collect! Honorary Host Committee
Berkeley Art Center is extremely grateful to the incredible support
provided by the members of the 2014 Collect! Honorary Host Committee.
Paule Anglim, Kim Anno, Mayor Tom Bates, Libby Black, Rena Bransten, Ruth Braunstein, Squeak Carnwath, Marna Clark, Narsai David, Ed Gilbert, Senator Loni Hancock, Jenn Lovvorn, Richard Nagler, Steve Oliver, Marilyn Rinzler, Peter Selz and Lava Thomas
Diane Abt, Nora Okoni, Kim AnnoRobin, Apple Christa Assad, Sunshine Austina, Susan Babbel, Angela Baker, Leigh Barbier, Ray Beldner, Sandra Berkson, Jo Ann Biagini, Arianne Bird, Jenny Bloomfield, Mariet Braakman, Robert Brady, Claire Brees, Alys Briggs, Kristen Brown, Jamie Brunson, Mary Burger, Enrique Chagoya, Squeak Carnwath, Lorraine Castillo, Olivia Chen, Chip Chipman, Linda Cloonan, Aliza Cohen, Sas Colby, Claire Colette, Modesto Covarrubias, Amber Crabbe, Andreina Davila, Brian Dean, Christel Dillbohner, Diane Ding, Michelle Echenique, Laurence Elias, Olga Evanusa-Rowland, Lorrie Fink, Rachel Finn, Lisa Franklin, Sara Frucht, Sergio Galicia, Rupert Garcia, Tim Gleason, Nicki Green, Christa Grenawalt, Mel Gross, Pouke Halpern, Victoria Hamlin, Katie Hawkinson, Robbin Henderson, Jay Hill, Edith Hillinger, Nif Hodgson, Rhonda Holberton, Tom Holland, Brooke Holve, Jennifer Huang, Whitney Humphreys, Joshua Hurwitz, Irene Imfeld, Nancy Ivanhoe, Courtney Jacobs, Haley Jensen, Kevan Jenson, Dale Johnson, Ernest Jolly, Josie Jurczenia, Sherry Karver, Hiroyo Kaneko, John King, Keira Kotler, Britta Kolb-Coughlin, Ellen Konar-Goldband, Carol Ladewig, Gary Lapow, Richard & Judith, Selby Lang, Victoria Q. Legg, Alec MacLeod, Michelle Mansour, Kara Maria, Barbara Maricle, Liz Maxwell, Jimmy McCullough, Jim Melchert, Hsiang-Lu Meng, Paul Merryman, Kate Moore, Mal Mori, Ann Bridget Murphy Gary Nakamoto, Michael Napper, Jane Neilson, Irene Nelson, Bonnie Neumann, Jane Norling, Jeannie O'Connor, Selja Ojanne, Susan O'Malley, Phyllis Pacin, Tressa Pack, Meri Page, Erik Parra, Sam Perry, Anthony Piñata, Cecilia Populus-Eudave, Amanda Quiroz, Mary Curtis Ratcliff, Steven Rowland, Merl Ross, Deborah Salomon, Unai San Martin, Sophia Sattar, Ann Schnake, Elizabeth Sher, Ruth Shorer, Sandy Simon, Joe Slusky, Tracy Snelling, Anthony So, Heather Solway, Larry Stefl, Pamela Stefl-Toki, Livia Stein, Melissa Stone, Lava Thomas, Patricia Thomas, Matthew Felix Sun, Ruth Threadgold, John Toki, Merav Tzur, Monica Valdez, Marie Van Elder, Theodora Varnay Jones, Stuart Wagner, Patricia Walsh, Allison Watkins, Ann Weber, Harry Weisburd, Katherine Westerhout, Richard Whittaker, Cynthia Wood, Christina Yglesias, Jin Zhu.
Funds from this event directly support year-round programming, including our Programs for Young Artists at BAC as well as our exhibitions, lectures, workshops, public events, and donor artists.
Thank you to our sponsors:
August 23 – October 5, 2014
Opening Reception: August 23, 5-8pm
Berkeley Art Center is thrilled to present Make Space, a group exhibition featuring new and existing work by, Randy Dixon, Nancy Ivanhoe, Tressa Pack, Erik Parra, Dimitra Skandali. This show challenges artists to re-contextualize their art practice within the walls of the Berkeley Art Center; an art space like no other in the Bay Area.
During a time of dramatic economic and cultural shifts in the Bay Area, art spaces are closing, moving and utterly transforming in order to adapt to the changing financial and social changes of the region. However the Berkeley Art Center is a site fixed within Live Oak Park in North Berkeley. What relationship does the site of the Center, situated in a beautiful city park, have to the artwork within it? How can we consider what this art space means and how it functions within the great arts community?
Randy Dixon’s sculptures of unrealized and unrealizable houses and buildings use the language of architecture to lure us into considering how the space around us is constructed. Dimitra Skandali and Nancy Ivanhoe, in addition to showing their own singular sculptures and installations, will be collaborating on a series of line drawings, drawn directly onto the walls, grounds and floors of BAC, that will follow the lines and shadows created by the trees in Live Oak Park beginning at the front entrance of the building and moving throughout the gallery and out to the sculpture garden. Tressa Pack’s photographs of photography equipment set up to light and frame an empty space creates an eerie value system for the ‘spacelessness’ filling up the rest of her compositions. Erik Parra will show new paintings of landscape and domestic interiors situated inside an installation of a room that could easily exist inside his paintings.
BAC executive director, Aimee Le Duc notes, “The artists in Make Space are confronting architecture as both subject and object. They will incorporate Berkeley Art Center into their installations and work – including both the interior and exterior spaces of the gallery. The exhibition is an experiment to test how physical space informs art practice.”
Randy Dixon refers to his work as "archisculptures" : a conflation of architecture and sculpture. He is interested in re-contextualizing architecture to examine how we relate to space and define our personal spaces in the larger environment. The two works in this exhibition are part of a series called Dream Houses, which displaces everyday architectural elements into new configurations.
Klein House represents the mathematical model of a continuous surface, turning the insides out, and doorways into intersections. Adooration contemplates the role of the door and the physical space it inhabits in its trajectory of opening and closing.
Nancy Ivanhoe captures and aggregates the extremely temporal interactions between light and objects; following light beams and tracing shadows. She embraces ordinary materials and incorporates the site, dissolving the line between her art and the everyday.
Studio 9 is a wall taken from the artist’s studio and transplanted here, creating a new narrative through the re-contextualization of this structural-element turned art-object. The drawing was originally created by tracing the shadows in changing light created by a small bundle of copper wire.
Out / In Berkeley investigates the concept of site and siteless-ness and plays with the concept of the threshold. The wire mesh sculpture is in dialogue with and incorporates shadows and light as well as the reflections, transparency and materiality of the glass in the window.
Sun Traces is a collaborative drawing installation created by Nancy Ivanhoe and Dimitra Skandali on the outside walls and entrance to Berkeley Art Center. The artists traced the changing shadows and light patterns as they fell on our structures throughout the day. The result is a static visual record of the ephemeral phenomenon of the light filtering through trees.
Tressa Pack examines the paradox of photography’s implication of unedited reality vs the concept of the constructed image. Even the most documentary photograph is subject to the aesthetic and technical decisions of the person behind the camera.
The works in this exhibition are part of a series titled Fictions, in which the tools of photography become the subjects of the photograph themselves. Simply by surrounding and illuminating a small area, these objects manage create a new “place” that is independent of the “place” that already exists around it. These seemingly aimless set-ups exist in a vast natural landscape, emphasizing their contrived arrangement and implying the hand of the unseen photographer.
Erik Parra’s paintings and installations incorporate imagery from the history of American design to create interior spaces that are simultaneously full and empty. He juxtaposes visual and technical dichotomies such as random vs meticulous paint application, mono vs polychrome color, thick paint vs washes, rendered objects verses flat shapes, energetic compositions vs static objects. This creates a tension and subtle sense of uncertainty that these constructed spaces are places where a person could or would live, despite their outward pleasantness.
Dimitra Skandali uses natural and man- made detritus to create installations that reflect on fragility, temporality, displacement, interconnectivity and interdependency. Enfolding is created using materials and sounds gathered around Berkeley Art Center by the artist who then brought them inside and reconfigured them into an ephemeral mass. Each item, initially gleaned from the ground, is given its own space and voice at it is re-contextualized as art. The objects transform from trash and sticks to lines, colors and forms in space, interacting and combining with each other to make something larger as a whole.
A Berkeley Art Center Juried Exhibition
Selected by Boots Riley and Steven Wolf
June 28- August 10, 2014
Opening Reception Saturday, June 28, 5-8pm
Artists: Renae Barnard, Michael Barrett, Amber Crabbe, Ryan Carrington, Eva Enriquez, Rebecca Foster, Gabriel Martinez, Nicki Green, Robbin Henderson, Maru Hoeber, Isaac Lopez, Ethan Rafal, Nick Randhawa, Kate Rhoades, Sanaz Sarabi, WIGband: Johanna Poethig and Barbara Golden.
Soapbox: A Berkeley Art Center Juried Exhibition, is a remarkable survey of Bay Area art making today. The original call for entries challenged artists to submit work that represented the social and political issues that incited change, movement and upheaval and much of the included work does just that, but as a whole, the exhibition goes much farther.
Artists are fiercely aware of local and international events that are rapidly and intensely affecting our daily lives, but the 16 artists included in this exhibition are also deeply immersed in questions of identity. How can we assert our own voices as well as actively listen to others in the midst of such cultural upheavals? Much of the included work seeks to answer this question in sophisticated ways.
Through performance, video, music, painting, photography and sculpture, the artists in Soapbox are wisely using diverse media to challenge not just what our voices are saying but how we are using our voices in the first place. In addition to the gallery exhibition, Soapbox will present a gallery and web-based project by Renae Barnard called, How Do You Know?, live music, performances and more, as ways to break apart old models of activation and to challenge viewers to participate in building new models for the future.
The staff and board of Berkeley Art Center would also like to extend our gratitude to our jurors, Boots Riley and Steven Wolf. They have created a robust program and we are grateful for their thoughtful and honest contributions to this exhibition.
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About the Jurors:
Raymond Lawrence Riley, better known by his stage name Boots Riley, is an American poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, humorist, political organizer, community activist, lecturer, and public speaker- best known as the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. Riley is known for his energetic, charismatic, "punk"-like presence on-stage, combined with dancing.
Boots Riley's work is known for its heartfelt, humorous, witty, optimistic lyrics with stylistically literary leanings. Most of his works, although often about a subjective experience (love, sex, broken-down cars, getting drunk, etc.), are tied to a radical class analysis of the current system and or situation. Some of his songs call for the overthrow of the ruling class by the working class.
Riley is the only known musical artist whose surveillance by intelligence agents has been exposed due to Wikileaks documents.
Steven Wolf was a newspaper reporter and a private dealer specializing in 20th century art before opening Steven Wolf Fine Arts in 2004. The gallery exhibits post war and contemporary art in all media, publishes catalogues and artist books. Steven Wolf occasionally writes a blog called The Off Brand, which chronicles overlooked aspects of visual culture and documents the junk he finds at the flea market.
Selections from the 2014 East Bay Open Studios
May 31 - June 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 31, 5-8pm
Berkeley Art Center, in partnership with Pro Arts, presents Known Associates: Selections from the 2014 East Bay Open Studios. This exhibition features work from some of this year’s most compelling EBOS participants.
About the Artists
Bobbie Altman’s views her artistic practice as a journal of her life and personal journeys. These hand built ceramic works are meditations on aging and memory, evoking the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi; impermanence and imperfection.
Altman received a BA and MA in Studio Art and Art Education from the University of Iowa and has spent two years teaching art in Uganda. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Commission.
Bobbie Altman’s studio is located at 2200 Adeline Studios, 2200 Adeline Street, #330D in Oakland and will be open June 7-8, 11am – 6pm
Sherrod Blankner’s paintings reflect her emotional empathy with specific places. Her work notes the personality and charm of a variety of urban landscapes and relates a building’s capacity to portray very human emotions and personalities. Blankner revels in the physical process of her medium: the mixing and testing of paint, the feel of a new brush. Her personal style consists of increasingly raw brushstrokes, which allow for stark expression in her work.
Blankner has shown locally and nationally. Recent exhibitions include at the Subterranean Arthouse, Firehouse North Gallery, and Fourth St Fine Art, where she is represented. Her work has also received the Starlight Award from the Maryville City Schools Foundation in Tennessee, and she has participated in a residency at the Mendocino Art Center. Blanker holds a BA from Yale University.
Sherrod Blankner’s studio is located at 4th Street Fine Art, 2000 4th St. in Berkeley and will be open June 7-8 and June 14-15, 11am - 6pm.
Amber Crabbe works with photography, video and installation to explore everyday psychological phenomena and examine her own subjective experience. The works in this series, titled On Its Own, are reflections on isolation and loneliness. Selective color enhances the effect of the solitary objects, standing out yet seemingly lost in their environment.
Crabbe holds a MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BS in Art and Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has received a number of awards including the Jack andGertrude Murphy Contemporary Art Award from the San Francisco Foundation in 2012. Recently, she has shown at the Gray Loft Gallery and the Book and Job Gallery.
Amber Crabbe’s studio is located at 5727 Vincente St. in Oakland and is open by appointment only.
Jane Fisher’s work looks at the different psychological states that people inhabit during varying levels of self-awareness. Her pieces reflect the isolation or performativity of her figures as they move between private and public spheres. Ultimately, she conveys her own emotion through each figure, while stylistically creating a neutral work that allows for the viewer to shape his or her own viewing experience.
Fisher has been exhibiting her work since 1984 and has recently had solo exhibitions at Artzone 461, as well as at the Diablo College Art Gallery, where she is an associate professor of painting and figure drawing. She received her MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from Ohio University. Jane Fisher is represented by Packer-Schopff Gallery.
Jane Fisher’s studio is located at 1101 E 33rd St. in Oakland and is open June 7-8 and June 14-15 from 11am-6pm.
Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez’s work engages the figure in the urban landscape. As an artist, she enjoys the opportunity to interact with the communities that are her subjects. Her paintings are often very vibrant, featuring bright, saturated colors that capture the energy and spirit of the communities and individuals that she paints.
Garcia-Gonzalez grew up near San Juan, Puerto Rico and received a BFA in printmaking from University of Puerto Rico. She teaches portrait and landscape painting at the Richmond Art Center. She has recently shown at the Firehouse Gallery and in the El Cerrito Art Association’s Annual Show.
Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez’s studio is located at 6041 Arlington Blvd. in Richmond and is open June 7-8, 11am-6pm.
Victoria Hamlin’s intimate portraits of women in the construction industry seek to illuminate the underrepresented lives of working women. These pieces are inspired by her own experience of working in the construction industry for 30 years. The expressive and gestural figures are captured while performing their jobs, in the attire and setting appropriate for construction, which is an unexpected setting for portraits of women. The integrated photographs in the composition underscore the reality and individuality of the subject – adding a documentary quality.
Hamlin holds a BA in Painting from CCNY and has been a Bay Area resident since the early 1970’s. She works with the nonprofit organization, Tradeswomen, Inc., and is the photographer for their annual calendar. Hamlin has worked in a number of mediums including photography, welded steel, oil on canvas, and watercolor.
Victoria Hamlin’s work for Open Studios can be seen at the 34th Avenue Studio, 2633 34th Ave in Oakland and is open June 7-8 and June 14-15, 11am-6pm.
The designs for Adam Lam’s hand-built furniture are derived from his experience in architecture, theater, and production. Lam works individually with each client to custom design pieces that are tailored to their specific space and needs. His work utilizes steel and wood to evoke a clean and fresh aesthetic.
Lam received a BFA at Rutgers Universities Mason Gross School of the Arts. Before coming to the Bay Area, Lam worked in professional theater in New York.
Adam Lam’s studio is at Bridge Art Space, 23 Maine Avenue in Richmond and is open June 7-8 and June 14-15, 11am-6pm.
Afton Love uses powdered graphite, beeswax and tracing paper to make intricate landscapes that are both monumental in their scale and intimate in their delicacy and detail. Love is inspired by the nature in her native Northern California – celebrating its grandeur and beauty well as indicating a sense of fading and fragility that warns us of its tenuous situation.
Love has won a number of awards including the Still Well Award and the CCA President’s Honors Scholarship. She has an upcoming solo show at Little Big Space in Albany, and has previously shown in Esqueleto Gallery, Interface Gallery, Gallery Route One, and more. She holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from California College of the Arts.
Afton Love’s studio is located at Haus, 815 High St. in Oakland and is open June 7-8 and June 14 from 11am – 5pm.
Katherine Meyer finds inspiration for her work through her personal and intimate connection with the natural world around her. Her charcoal landscapes evoke the mysterious, the quiet, the grandiose, and the awe-inspiring that surrounds us every day, creating a connection between humanity and the natural world.
Meyer received a BFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts in affiliation with Tufts University. She has participated in many residencies including recently at the Eastern Frontier Education Foundation, the Ucross Foundation Residency, and the Blue Mountain Center.
Katherine Meyer’s studio is located at Norton Factory Studios, 3094 E. 10th St. in Oakland and will be open June 7-8 and June 14-15 from 11am – 5pm.
Wayne Shaffer’s evocative forms recall both organic natural forms and the human body. His stoic and graceful bronzes echo the timeless quality of nature. Common themes in his work are the figure, landscape, and the vessel. Shaffer works primarily in bronze, and also sculpts with steel, ceramic, wood, and stone.
Shaffer received a BFA from Colorado State University. He has had solo exhibitions at Dada Contemporary in Tuscon and Gamel Fraser in Mendocino. He has also shown at Varnish Fine Art, Vessel Gallery, and Mark Wolfe Contemporary. Two of Shaffer’s pieces, “Serenity” and “Landform,” are on permanent display at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Francisco.
Wayne Shaffer’s work for Open Studios can be seen at Fort Apache, 940 Arlington Ave, #8 in Oakland and will be open June 7-8 and June 14-15 from 11am – 5pm.
Local Treasures: Bay Area Photography
March 15 – May 11, 2014
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Local Treasures is a bi-annual exhibition series that features artists who have made a significant impact on the development of artistic practice in the Bay Area. This year, the focus of Local Treasures is photography. The exhibition is curated by Anne Veh, and includes work by Linda Connor, Hiroyo Kaneko, Klea McKenna, J. John Priola, Unai San Martin and Richard Whittaker.
These artists have contributed to the strength of contemporary photography in the Bay Area by producing work that is fearless of constraints and explores image making through both traditional and non-traditional techniques.
left to right: J. John Priola, Klea McKenna, Linda Connor
About the artists:
Linda Connor, a beloved instructor at the San Francisco Art Institute for more than forty years, is well known for her large-format images from her extensive travels to faraway places including, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Peru, Tibet, Turkey, and as well as sojourns closer to home, Hawaii and the East Coast.
With her large format camera, Connor is drawn to the austere grandeur of the mountains and alluvial plains of the Himalayas. Her photographs communicate a wisdom and force held within Nature, but it is a view of Nature that is coupled with Connor's other artistic subject.... the human cultural and spiritual response to place. Ladakh, sometimes called the Little Tibet, was remote to the outside world until the late Sixties, and fortunately unlike Tibet, its Buddhist Monasteries were not decimated by a "Cultural Revolution."
With a passion for the outdoors and the physicality of creating artwork in relationship to the natural world, Klea McKenna delights in the unexpected. As a photographer, she prefers to work with several analog photographic mediums: gelatin silver and chromogenic photographs and photograms made outdoors in the forests at night. McKenna notes, "This experimental approach means paring down to the simplest ingredients –light and paper- and making images that refer to location only through elemental form and color. I use a variety of crude strategies; hand-made cameras, outdoor photograms, and methods of folding film and paper to create sculptural images. The flawed material sometimes becomes as visible as the image it has captured. Light, both the science and magic of it, is at the center of all this." Her recent series, Rain Studies are mesmerizing images of water dancing on paper made outdoors in the forests of Hawaii under a night sky.
Hiroyo Kaneko’s foundation for her practice is her connection to her homeland and family in Aomori Japan. She speaks of the clear light, which allows for the luminous quality in her chromogenic prints, and the presence of nature, which is beloved and honored in the countryside of her hometown. Her images speak to the intimate relationship and nourishment we gain from nature. Her recent body of work, Appearance, is inspired by her feelings of alienation and separation, as experienced after arriving in the United States eleven years ago. Keneko states, "Children have their own physicality when singing. They seem to be standing at the threshold of self-expression and self-consciousness. The act of singing is both personal and social; my role as photographer is to catch that moment when both aspects intersect."
Unai San Martin speaks with a passion and intimate understanding of the medium of photogravure. San Martin notes, "I like working with my hands. Photogravures are made by hand, from polishing the copper plate to pulling a print from the etching press. It is a time consuming and unforgiving process, but I favor a slower approach to image making. As in cooking, it is a way of putting my soul into what I do." It is a medium for the fine art photographer. Of Basque heritage, San Martin was raised in a family of craftsmen. His father, an engraver, often took his son on sojourns through the Basque countryside to visit masters of the trade. Blessed with a temperament that honors patience and process, he has spent decades nurturing a relationship with the medium and mastering the technique. The result are images of exquisite beauty; they are of real places, yet carry a sensibility of a mythic landscape. Whether cityscape, landscape, or abstraction, each work expresses an emotional truth; the presence of the artist is felt.
One experiences J. John Priola’s black and white gelatin silver prints as one would a good poem. There is an elegance to the ordering and space within each picture frame, and an invitation to read beyond the ordinary. Consistently, his work awakens all the senses to experience an inner and outer reflection. By focusing the camera on what’s not there, he allows the invisible to become visible. In his Farmhouse series, made collectively over a six-year period, Priola found himself in locations across the country where he could stay with friends. With his 4 X 5 camera, he would spend time with the land making pictures of the space left by farmhouses, defined by the remaining trees.
For more than thirty-five years, the camera has been a constant companion for Richard Whittaker on road trips to the desert and national parks. Coupled with an innate curiosity, Whittaker finds himself in strange lands where anthropomorphic rock formations invite allegorical ruminations. Through the eyes of the artist, one is transported to a land laden with stories. Using a 35 mm, a digital, and at times a point and shoot camera, he is able to dramatic compositions. Light, a quiet force in Whittaker's landscapes, has an otherworldly pull.