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Preview: Much Lies Beneath: Forsyth, Scialo, Thun, Clay on Main, Oley, PA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on September 28, 2016 at 4:23 pm

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Clay on Main, based in the historic village of Oley, Pennsylvania, has established itself as a great local arts center for young and old alike. On September 18th, it opened its latest exhibition, featuring local photographers Amy Forsyth, Patricia Scialo, and Barbara Thun.

The exhibit was curated by Kristen Woodward, with a goal towards showcasing the unseen influences of each these contrasting artists. 

About Amy Forsyth: 

My work is currently in the medium of sculptural furniture, and also in music.  I spend most of my time doing three things: designing and building furniture and sculptural pieces, teaching design at Lehigh University, and playing music, most often with friends.  I do not restrict myself to one particular medium; I make drawings and objects of wood, I studied architecture, have worked in clay, studied dance, etc.  This is both my strength and my weakness.  I am not as good of a craftsperson as someone who spends all their time in one discipline, but because I am not restricted by medium, this gives me new ways of discovering and conjoining ideas.

About Patricia Scialo:

My continued concentration with alternative photographic processes has taken on a mixed-media approach.  When altering the surface of a photographic print I use materials such as oil, graphite, encaustic and found-materials for embedding.

These techniques allow me to build layers, adding depth to the photographic imagery. Hand work is vital to the print-making process.

Rediscovered through the lens of my camera, the subject is often transformed, recreated, with the intention to give the viewer a desire to pause and look closer.

Light is the element of design that catches my eye when looking at subjects.  Light allows me to enhance the subject and create a point of interest. Light allows the magic to happen when processing with photographic chemistry.

About Barbara Thun:

Color and texture, the written word and combinations of images and mediums are the basis of my work.

We exist in a precarious balance with all of nature. My work seeks to remind us of the overwhelming power and beauty of this world – and our insignificance. The power to destroy lies always just behind or below the surface of its beauty.

My present work includes a tactile involvement with three dimensional natural forms and drawings that reflect a more abstract approach to the color and texture of the land – both mediums reflecting the mystery and power of the natural world.

The exhibit will be open for viewing until October 23rd.

For More Information: Clay on Main

 

Preview: Conceptions, Marcia Resnick, Deborah Bell Photographs, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on September 22, 2016 at 11:45 pm
Landscape/Loftscape #14, 1976, Marcia Resnick

Landscape/Loftscape #14, 1976, Marcia Resnick

Deborah Bell Photographs brings in the end of the year with an examination of Marcia Resnick’s beginning. Before Resnick’s more famous works, she was graduating from Cal Arts and still finding her style. Conceptions: Vintage Photographs 1974-1976, focuses on this period.

Engaging with the idea of the artist’s book, she embarked in 1974 on a series of photographs called See – “photographs of people photographing places.” In an interview with Alex Sweetman at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978, published in Exposure (16:2), she said:

I found that when I went to tourist spots, there would be people looking at places and they’d always get in the way and I’d always see them from behind. That was the whole [Maurice] Merleau-Ponty kind of philosophical thing: being in front and being behind – like being inside yourself. I was interested also at that time in the iconography of body gestures. How you could read, from the way a person’s body was from the back, almost as much, or as much, as you could from looking at a face in a portrait.

In her now-classic 1974 series See Changes, using one photograph from See, Resnick shows her Cal Arts classmate James Welling perched on the edge of the Grand Canyon and, by manipulating and altering the photograph with paint, pencil and collage in numerous variations, continues to explore her earliest interest in the nature and presence of the photographic print.

Marcia Resnick was born in Brooklyn in 1950. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union, New York City, in 1972, and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA, in 1973. Resnick’s photographs can be found in numerous institutional collections, including the George Eastman Museum, Rochester; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Jewish Museum, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; The New York Public Library; Ryerson Image Center, Toronto, ON; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibit is now open for viewing until November 5th.

For More Information: Deborah Bell Photographs

Preview: Hatsubon, Tomiko Jones, Various Galleries This Fall

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on September 22, 2016 at 12:01 pm
Thinking of Mount Fuji

Image courtesy of Tomiko Jones

Fans of the wonderful artistry by Tomiko Jones will have a few different options to view her work this fall.

Tomiko Jones’ work is linked to place, exploring transitions in the landscape in social, cultural and geographical terms. Jones received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is the recipient of awards including the 2013 En Foco New Works Fellowship, the National Society for Photographic Education Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement, 4Culture and CityArtists. She spent three months in residence at Museé Niépce in Chalon-Sur-Saône, France and a project-specific Fellowship at The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

As an educator, Jones taught as Assistant Professor and Photography Program Coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver, New Mexico State University and Drury University Summer Institute for Visual Arts. Currently she is a Visiting Artist and Curator-in-Residence at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California.

First, in San Francisco, Jones’ series Hatsubon will be on display at Desai | Matta Gallery, part of the Arts at CIIS. The exhibit and opening reception began Saturday, September 10th, but Tea Talk Tuesdays with Jones on Sept. 27 and October 18th will accompany the exhibition prior to its closing on October 27th.

Throughout time communities and cultures have sent many of their young ones off to sea to find a better life on the other shore. At the other end of a lifetime, the ocean is home to our many rituals of death, both vehicle and destination for the final journey of those we love. With this exhibition we ritually set free the spirit and body of Tomiko Jones’ father, who passed away just days before she arrived in San Francisco to take on a role as Visiting Artist and Curator-in-Residence. 
Deirdre Visser, Curator, The Arts at CIIS

Upon concluding in San Francisco, Jones will take her work to the Kipp Gallery, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Passage : Hatsubon with an open reception November 3 and exhibit conclusion December 8th.

Inspired by end-of-life conversations with her father in the months leading up to his death of how one “travels” to the next destination, this work takes shape as a meditation on spiritual transcendence. Through photographic installation and video projection, “Passage: Hatsubon” weaves together imagery Jones collected in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, the town of her father’s birth; Hawaii, her mother’s home and her father’s final resting place; and California, where her parents met and Jones was born.
Chris McGinnis, Curator, Kipp Gallery

For More Information: Tomiko Jones