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Artist's Reception: Jack Ridley at PDNB

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014


Large format views of Big Bend National Park

Exhibition Dates: June 23 - September 1, 2012

Cocktails with the Artist
Friday, July 20
6:00 - 8:00 pm

For more than 25 years Jack Ridley has been visiting and documenting Big Bend National Park with his 8 x 10 view camera. The Texas treasure comes alive in expansive frames that keep with the tradition of 19th century photographers who worked to visually record and preserve the beauty and the legacy of the American West. The work resonates with the same power as Ridley's predecessors including Carlton Watkins, Timothy O'Sullivan, and Eadweard Muybridge. Riley's work is more than a touching dedication to tradition; the act of bringing this time-honored approach to the present not only yields lovely results but reminds our generation to take pause and appreciate the treasures of the natural world. We are literally implicated. Standing before the works we feel the great expanse of plane, the height of peak, the grit of gravel and dust, the cool flowing of winding streams. Ridley's choice to work in black and white again keeps with tradition, but its smart avoidance of the distraction of color allows us deeper looking. The sense of awe at nature becomes even greater. Particular power and elegance is found in Punta de la Sierra & Rio Grande, Loop Camp where heavy but sweeping clouds balance against the winding river and give way to lush fields with a dramatic mountain peek in the distance. Time itself is engaged in a simpler frame, a detail, a fragment of history itself Lava Rocks on Ash, and we are reminded of the endurance of nature. These works transport us; with time and attention we travel the trails of Big Bend.

Cocktails and lite fare will be served
Please R.S.V.P. by July 18th to
Desiree or 214.969.1852

For more information on this exhibition please visit PDNB Gallery

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Review: Installed at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014


Group show featuring work by Keliy Anderson-Staley, John Cyr, Elizabeth Ernst, Myra Greene, and Gregory Scott

Exhibition Dates: July 13 - September 1, 2012

[[5]] Installed brings the work of five artists together who at first may seem to share little in common. The title gives the link away- there is unity to the group. The installation of each of these artist's works is crucial to its appreciation. There is a playfulness of structure but a weight in tone with all of the works.

Keliy Anderson-Staley will present a selection of an ongoing series of Tntypes that belong to a series [Hyphen]-Americans. The title references the various identities that Americans have: Italian-American, African-American, Mexican-American, Irish-American and so on. The intimate images are grouped and mingled and will stretch across a 21 foot wall. The mosaic of images creates dialogue between the frames and with the viewer. The series begins to push and pull, shifting between American identities and American Identity.

John Cyr will also engage the multiple. Through grid-format Cyr will display nine (from a larger series of 65) developer trays. Each tray was used by a well-known photographer. Layers of image history, the residue of process remains; discoloration of chemicals stain the trays haunting like ghosts. We pause in reflection at the loss of this process.

Elizabeth Ernst is a story-teller. She has invented personnages, built them from clay, paper mache and metal, then photographed them. Ernst has been exploring the private and public personas of her figures who all belong to a fictitious circus. Ernst has rounded out these characters, written their biographies and used them to engage wider themes of public and private through the situations the figures engage. Sculpted figures to be displayed along side the images.

Myra Greene works with the fragment of self to address the history of American slavery. Pieces of her face- eyes, lips, nose, ears are all strong and bold features of race and classification.

Gregory Scott takes inspiration from Donald Judd. He has built six wall-hanging shelves that incorporated video. Views of water in the lower rungs give way to sky in the upper segments. We find the artist floating through the different planes and interacting with elements. Space and minimalism of the referent are honored as the artist explores and pushes boundaries.

NewCity Review

For more information on this exhibition please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery

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Artist's Reception: Michael Kenna at Joseph Bellows Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 16, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

New and Classic Images

Exhibition Dates: July 21 - September 8, 2012

Reception with the Artist:
Saturday, July 21
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Michael Kenna has traveled the world capturing idyllic views. Known for his quality of light and tone that invest an air of awe and splendor to the frames, Kenna's work is more than a representation of place. These are holistic representations- placeandatmosphere. The quality of the images is achieved through long exposure in morning or evening light that produces a softening effect and a look that encourages us to linger, even daydream. We want to wander. There is a stillness to the square format frames that holds us, drawing us in in first out of pure delight and fascination then quietly and with more reverence. We sense the space around us- we hear, we feel, we watch. Weather saturated with inhabitants as his cityscapes or void of figure in empty fields there is always a hint of humanity- a trace of light, a footstep, a bridge, or a fainter clue still like reference to man's hand on a straight tree-line in the foggy distance. We feel an unmistakable presence in the void. This reference to the human element haunts as it invites, and as viewers we sink deeper into a looking trance.

This exhibition will feature new and classic images with work from Japan, a series of particular balanced elegance, in the Atrium.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Joseph Bellows Gallery

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Review: Jim Marshall at Steven Kasher Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 16, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

The Rolling Stones and Beyond

through August 11th
then reopens September 4th through 8th

Jim Marshall's images are as iconic as the music legends he photographed. Able to go beyond the expected, Marshall captured the quiet moments with skill and shined more than one light on each of his subjects. This show includes 60 images and over 100 vintage album covers that were also Marshall's work. This dual display gives a special texture to different aspects of Marshall's career.

This exhibition was made possible by the dedicated work of Amelia Davis, Marshall's longtime assistant. Davis has worked over the past two years with a mass of negatives to bring together this group of never before seen images of the Rolling Stones' 1972 U.S.tour. There was a desire to share this unknown work by Marshall with the world and after much work a book launch will also be incorporated as part of the project and showing on both coasts- Seattle's EMP Museum and the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York.

The exhibition has gained serious attention from the New York Magazine, Time, and CNN. Links to press below:

New York Magazine



More on the show & virtual visit of images at Steven Kasher Gallery

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Reception & Booksigning: Allejandro Cartagena at Kopeikin Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 13, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Looking at México
Suburbia Mexicana

Exhibition Dates: July 14th - August 25th, 2012

Reception and Booksigning with the Curator:
Saturday, July 14th
6:00 - 8:00 pm

The group show Looking at Mexico featrues work by 10 Photographers working in Mexico, and was curated by Allejandro Cartagena. Exhibiting artists include Alejandra Laviada, Melba Arellano, David Corona, Claudia Hans, Eunice Adorno, José Luis Cuevas, Kenia Narez, Omar Gamez, Alinka Echeverria, and Roberto TondopĆ³. The country and its people are at a grave moment of distress; this exhibition proves that the photographic media has the ability wield powerful force agains the truths simply by lifting a light to them. The light shines in different directions on naratives that runs the gamete from those who confront the difficult state of affairs to those that retreat into another world.

David Corona and Jose Luis Cuevas's works seem to be the heaviest and most oppressive with reference to a physical border or desire to escape. Alinka Echeverria's works are paired down. Figures literally carry faith. Portraits of the Virgin are tied and sculptures strapped to the backs of unknown porters. Melba Arellano pushes from desolation into light humor with a series of interior portraits. A small boy on a bed in a stark room stands looking to the distance, and we wonder at his solitude and his future. Other works of Arellano reveal that while everything may not be perfect, there is hope. Litteral rays of sunshine flood through a bedroom space where a woman sprawls across the bead to rummage through a box of forgotten papers. Roberto Tondopo's works have a similar humor to Arellano; color and pattern give airiness to scenes that would otherwise seem burdened with disconnect. Truth in Tondopo's frames is a little easier to take with humor. Kenia Narez's pieces are pastoral and a bit surreal or reminiscent of a half-remembered ferry tale. Animals become personified and figures are cropped in ways that make them anonymous.

There are definite lines between the works; even when they shine from different angles or are intent on different perspectives. The connection to place and shared condition unites the work. Themes of anonymity and identity, desperation and hope, desire and faith begin to weave a web that connects pieces while allowing each to expand in different directions.

For more information on the exhibition please visit Kopeikin Gallery

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