Saturday, September 11, 2010

Good news! Two exhibitions this weekend, it'll be a great double header.

The first opened last night at the Minneapolis Photo Center and the show was "Black & White: Black, White, and All Points In Between."

Whether images were arrived at by digital capture or by film exposure was a moot point; all I looked at, all I made decisions on, were end products of creative processes, which are as varied as the number of pieces on the wall. In the final analysis, all I could go on were my impressions of images on a screen—all emanations of light, all about the same size, some giving an indication of toning (the colors of black-and-white—shades of gray, brown, purple, green—are always remarkably diverse—the prints on exhibit will bear this out). My interest was piqued when I encountered evidence of invention, some sense that black-and-white was being applied in new ways, rather than in iterations of earlier work. My congratulations and encouragement to all who are advancing the capacities of this quintessential mode of photographic practice.

—George Slade, Boston, August 5, 2010

The show is fantastic, It was an international call curated by George Slade. Without a doubt the most exciting collection of contemporary black and white photographs I've seen. It had everything from Tin types to Inkjet prints, and as the title says, all things in between. I will absolutely be returning again and again to appreciate it.

It was a really well curated, featuring a ton of fantastic artists, one of which was Suzanne Opton, whose work I've always admired! Very seldom do I like and faun over the majority of work in ANY show, but this exhibit had me engaged the whole time.

I was fortunate enough to get this piece in:

Nathan Lewis, Untitled (Ectoplasm Escaping Ms. Johnson,) Silver Gelatin Fiber Print

There is a catalog available from the exhibit, which I think is well worth it!

Here are a couple installation shots. I was very happy to find my piece on the wall right when you entered.

Wow unbeknownst to me, I caught the fantastic photographer David Bowman in this shot. He also had a piece in the show, see below:

David Bowman, Dingo Traps, NSW Australia, 1994

THEN! To my disbelieve, I was also fortunate to get 3 pieces in the Stevens Square Center for the Arts exhibition About Face: An Exploration of Identity and the Human Experience.

The show is a really exciting and eclectic mix of sculpture, painting, print making, drawing, and I believe I'm the only photographer.

The human face is so central to how we view other people, whether meeting someone for the first time or scrutinizing an old friend’s reaction, that imagining a world without addressing the familiar set of features on the front of our head seems unthinkable. The mood, confidence, innocence, beauty, honesty, brutality and sadness of a person are so often indicated (sometimes falsely) by their face. Even as social media evolves to replace encounters with clicks, replication and broadcast of faces remains essential to the way we want to connect with others.

It is with these considerations in mind that ABOUT FACE at SSCA Gallery features artists
employing traditional and experimental means in communicating their own unique expressions of the human face, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

Nathan Lewis, Untitled (Transformation), Silver Gelatin Fiber Print

Nathan Lewis, Untitled (Consumption), Silver Gelatin Fiber Print

Nathan Lewis, Untitled (Basement Window), Silver Gelatin Fiber Print

At the SSCA reception, you can sort of see the pictures to the side...I should've taken more images.

There is no question that these photographs are several years old. But, I am particularly excited because none of this work had been shown before. It has really inspired me to continue on with unfinished ideas and projects I started but then abandoned for my more straight documentary work. I know that I will be onto fantastic when I can combine the aesthetic quality of the older work with the content of the newer.

If only I could figure out how!!

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