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Review: Sandi Haber Fifield at Rick Wester Fine Art

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 14, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013

After the Threshold

Through June 15


Upcoming Book signing at the International Center for Photography

Friday, June 21

6:00 – 7:30


Sandi Haber Fifield's exhibition at Rick Wester Fine Art is the artist's third show with the gallery and was the inaugural exhibition at RWFA's new location. A powerful choice for a celebratory first exhibition, Haber's works continues to engage themes that have been present for years. The title of her first monograph, Walking Through the World established Haber's posture in picture making. After the Threshold brings a carefree maturity to the process. Analytical and feminine, sensual and composed, contained yet freely borderless, Haber Fifield has taken her walk and has reported back that the world is filled with more wonder than any one picture can capture.


The current exhibition, After the Threshold, conveys a new approach for the artist. Here, a preset pictorial structure of either three or four images printed on a single sheet of paper demands a reading of photography, treating it as a unique, quixotic visual code traded between image makers, a secret and seemingly lost language now overwhelmed by the shorthand of cell phone cameras and Instagram. Laszlo Moholy-Nagy wrote that "the illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the camera and the pen alike" and Haber Fifield is not shy to press this point. If images cannot be understood as a language without words then what are cameras for? Writing in After the Threshold, the noted photography writer Vicki Goldberg observes, "So what we are looking at in these photographs is often looking itself."


We are easily invited to enter into Haber Fifield's images; they are composites drawn form the artist's archive. Many of the depicted figure's faces are turned from the camera or hidden from view, and so in these moments we can engage, imagine, and invent. The personal yet universal frames let us experience as spectators and subjects, and the plurality of images opens the work to function as both melody and harmony, and render a frequent perceived weakness in the media- singularity and isolated moment a strength.


For more information on the exhibition, please visit Rick Wester Fine Art


Journal de la Photographie Review


Conscientious Extended Review

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Artist's Reception: Jane Hilton at Nailya Alexander Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Precious


Exhibition Dates: June 13 - July 13, 2013


Opening with the Artist:

Wednesday, June 12

6:00 - 8:00 pm


Ten years after the London-based photographer Jane Hilton was commissioned by the BBC to make a series of documentaries, Love for Sale, on Nevada's legalized prostitution she returned to work further on the subject. With her plate camera Hilton visited eleven brothels. The works show the expected and unexpected around the typically taboo topic. Hilton gives attention to set the stage- landcapes, roadways, neon signs, buildings and sometimes compounds that house the girls are carefully included alongside images of the women themselves. This inclusive look gives context to place, time, and conditions and allows a richness to the project which calls for reflections on notions of beauty and the stigma of prostitution itself. The landscape is barren but beautiful- dirt roads and scrub-brush give way to distant mountain views. Painted walls advertising nude girls and bakinis; road sign "warnings" for hot and nasty wild sex; and a street sign for Break-a-Heart rd. all promise what lies ahead. When we see the girls we experience an array of women; each is captured with radiance and dignity. The intimacy of the portraiture allows much of the women's personal character to emerge. Though portraits are often made in the woman's presumed place of work, we see through any facade they may usually employ and into the heart of their personality. The women we find may cause our expectations to be met and surprised. There are young buties like Ruby at the Wild Horse Ranch; she is a cherry-lipped youth with long golden hair that flows to cover her topless torso. Some women appear defiant; one turns from us entirely to show her large back tattoo that says "trust no man." One of the most confidant women is Porsha at Donna's Ranch. She is a large woman who stares boldly at us from a red-cloaked throne-like bead that makes her appear regal. Others sit like Venus and seem somewhat coy- Miss Katerina Marie watches us with poise, but a bit of uncertainty, and Juniper Lee at Kit Kat Ranch is in a class with Porsha but with a softer more cat-like glance. The images are visually rich, painterly, and enticing. We find and easy beauty in frames that allow politics to fall aside.


Jane Hilton has produced a book in association with the series; it will be released by Schilt publishing this month.


For more information on the exhibition, please visit

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Exhibition & Artist's Reception: Artist-Citizen at Hemphill Fine Arts

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Artist-Citizen, Washington DC


Exhibition Dates: June 5 - July 27, 2013


Opening Reception with the artists:

Wednesday, June 5

6:00 - 8:00 pm


Artist-Citizen, Washington DC is both celebratory and reflexive. The gallery is making its 20'th year and this exhibition takes time to consider the gallery's investment in its community. This show meditates on citizenship and draws together represented artists and beyond who's work impacts society outside the bubble of the art world.


The works included in the exhibition point to or are made for situations concerning the Washington DC community—the place in which these artists live and work. Featured artists include Colby Caldwell, Larry Cook, Max Hirshfeld, James Huckenpahler, Franz Jantzen, free[space]collective, Mingering Mike, Anne Rowland, Julie Wolfe, and Workingman Collective. While photography is a focus of the show, works in other media including video, installation, and sculpture are also incorporated. Together these works reveal points that bridge the distance between the artist and the community, and they encourage a creative exchange between artist and viewer. Through these visually rich and provocative art experiences, Hemphill hopes to demonstrate how the Artist-Citizen engages us in the conditions of the DC community, reveals connectedness between citizens, and enhances an overall well-being.


For more information on the exhibition, please visit Hemphill Fine Arts

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Exhibition & Artists' Reception: Available Light at McNamara Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Available Light: Imagining more than we see


Group show with works by nearly 30 artists.


Exhibition Dates: June 7 – August 30 2013


Reception with some of the artists

Friday, June 7

5:30 pm

 

This extensive group show features works by nearly 30 artists. Works by Laurence Aberhart, Mark Adams, Fiona Amundsen, Wayne Barrar, Richard Barraud [Estate], Andrew Beck, Peter Black, Rhondda Bosworth, Murray Cammick, Joyce Campbell, Ben Cauchi, J.W. Chapman-Taylor [Estate], Richard Collins, Lisa Crowley, Hayden Fritchley, Frank Hofmann [Estate], Nikolai Kokx, Adrienne Martyn, Anne Noble, Max Oettli, Fiona Pardington, Trent Parke, Peter Peryer, Steve Rood, Andrew Ross, Haruhiko Sameshima, Justine Varga, and Len Wesney will all be on view.


This exhibition can best be described as an exploration of the way that photographers approach light and how its qualities are translated to film. Through the history of image-making light has been an inspiration and a tool. This show seeks to examine the transformative quality of light. Light can illuminate and reveal, it can wash out and obscure, or even, with the help of technology, go beyond human perception to record conditions that to our eye is invisible.


Press release on the exhibition can be found here


Learn more at McNamara Gallery

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Artist's Reception: Terry Evans at Yancey Richardson

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 16, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Inhabited Prairie

Exhibition Dates: May 23 - July 3, 2013

Artist's Reception:
Thursday, May 23, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 pm
 
Terry Evans's work is driven by a desire to record the layers of history embedded in the landscape of the prairie. The work was not created from a desire to critique use or make statement on the irony in the beautiful forms she captures; the work is about layers- of use, loss, recovery, and loss again. These are about the ever shifting evolution of the Kansas prairie lands and its enduring beauty.

After years of working from the ground, Evans began taking short-range trips around her home and discovered that the story she had started was incomplete without this macro view. She began photographing from the air and was amazed by her ability to uncover the visual cues 
and markers of shifts in time and use. While at first the images are read as abstract and somewhat indiscernable we are mezmarized by their quality, and longer looking soon reveals what it is we see. Evans' work catalogues the farms, flooded fields, cemeteries, ancient Indian village sites, highways, train tracks, bridges, military sites, cattle ranches and industrial gravel pits from 700 - 1,000 feet up in a 25-mile radius from her home in Salina, Kansas. The resulting images are dynamic, powerful, and thrilling opportunities to see an expanse for what it is and peel back the layers of what it was and has been. We find shifting tides and nature reclaiming older boundaries in buckling rivers, we see the scarred wet earth that mark the river's abandoned path and wonder after all which came first. We see power lines that march like soldiers taking great strides across the fields to the distant horizon of a windswept plane. We are surprised perhaps by the monumentality even fortress-like appearance of an old tree-lined cemetery and are equally mezmarized by the beauty of the lolly-pop concentric circles of a weapons target range. The works are formal but seductive, richly toned and precisely detailed. In their ability to reveal history they also make us keenly aware of the present moment. We find ourselves held firm in a frame that inspires awe, amazement, and wonder, and we find that all land has an innate beauty. 


For more information on this exhibition, please visit Yancey Richardson Gallery

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