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Artist's Reception: Bert Danckaert at Clairefontaine Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 27, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Simple Presen

Exhibition Dates: April 26 - June 2, 2012

Opening with the Artist:
Thursday, April 26
6:00 - 8:00 pm


Bert Danckaert's works are clean, crisp, quiet, void of human presence. The work is coolness not cold, stark yet rhythmic, banal but strangely humerus. Danckaert opens the display of his series online with a quote by Anton Chekhov, "Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out."

This sets the tone for the work; though not grand these are the spaces of our every day. Looking at the city's names we begin to get the joke; Danckaert has traveled to New York, Beijing, Paris, Cape Town, Madrid and other cities of prestige and elegance to make images that are very every day. This is our shared experience- these frames are what most of us live with every day, a standardized urbanization.

For more information on the exhibition please visit Clairefontaine Gallerie

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New Yorker Review: Jörn Vanhöfen at Robert Mann Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Aftermath

Through May 5


The grand frames of Jörn Vanhöfen are quiet and sullen, sublime but not absent of hope. The title, Aftermath, suggests the moments of fall-out after a major event, a sense of consequence in reaction to an action. The mark of man is so clear and often cutting in the landscape that there is something decidedly human about the presumed error of the Aftermath work.

The stillness of the frames is unsettling, often we feel like the lone observer- but small signs of life exist- smoke puffs from a chimney in Zurich, humanity bustles in the wake of the day on the Chicago Market, graffiti litters the walls in Madrid. Nature and culture are at odds in the post-New Topographic landscapes; frames borrow and play with a Romantic sense as they cut and infuse frames with a 21st century sensibility and concern: a once-grand ship rots in harbor, a beautiful alpine vista is slashed by an elevated freeway, the balcony of a vacation retreat decays as a once elegant mountainscape is stripped for resource. A process, an approach, a philosophy is suggested in this work; while all has not yet been lost we are presented with a world that is far from pristine. Vanhöfen travels far and wide charting "the effects of social drives that have globally propelled development and the pursuit of wealth." The work balances glut and greed against elegance and endurance. The scars are deep, and while the ability for healing still seems possible, this work calls for a sobered reflection on the human state and acceptable action.

For more information on the series, please visit Robert Mann Gallery

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Artist's Reception & Book Signing: Shelby Lee Adams at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 20, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Salt & Truth

Exhibition Dates: May 4 - June 30, 2012

Opening with the Artist:
Friday, May 4
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Gallery Talk & Signing:
Saturday, May 5
Noon


Shelby Lee Adams's photographic career was born from a desire to shed dignified light on the people of Appalachia. Adams himself is from a small town in Kentucky; he grew up rough and tumble in the back of his father's car roaming from place to place. As a teenager he lived with his grandparents in Hot Spot and attended high school. In a place trapped between city and country Adams first discovered the power of art and photography through books.

Adams' works are strikingly direct, remarkably revealing. Adams has earned the trust and confidence of his subjects. Not only is he of this world, he has dedicated the past 30 years to recording it. Work began in reaction to a 1960's Peace Corps documentary project that Adams felt betrayed the essence of his friends and family, among others, when it described them as "malnourished and poor." The truths and the lives of those depicted are not without difficulty, that is clear, but they are also not without hope, pride, and dignity. The honor in the faces Adams has captured is real, the determination in their eyes pure. The work emits honesty and reveals- an American spirit that has been long forgotten by the rest of us. There is a sense of a dedication to place, a harsh but simple truth to life and lifestyle, a stubborn grit that has kept the folks of the region through all times.

For more information on the exhibition please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery

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Artists' Reception & Conversation: Beth Moon and Elizabeth Opalenik at Verve Gallery

Posted By Turner Uligian, Friday, April 20, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

HUMAN + NATURE

Exhibition Dates: April 27 - June 2, 2012

Reception:
Friday, April 27
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Conversation with the artists:
Saturday, April 28
2:00 - 4:00 pm


HUMAN + NATURE brings the work of Beth Moon and Elizabeth Opalenik together in dialogue that addresses the role of humans in the natural world. Both artists employ wet darkroom processes, and in both cases the unique quality of the work is enhanced by the visual manipulation and mastery of the artists.

Moon's landscapes are open and grand. The Dragon's Blood trees of Socotra in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Yemen are seen as looming giants, strange and alluring solitary creatures that seem to test the age of time itself. The mysterious flora rise from a sparse and unusual landscape that is unique in the world; so too are the inhabitant's attachment to the natural world. Moon states her belief that ". . .it is through the unique vegetation that the spirit of Socotra is defined. . ." Her choice of platinum printing works to enhance the majesty, and mystique of the Socotra landscape. Another series presented explores children in the world of adults; the landscape often plays a critical role in frames that evoke the curiosity of a child-like gaze. Trees tour, garden gates keep us from places of play, angels like clouds loom with powerful force.

Opalenik plays with form and figure in new works that employ a Mordançage process. Opalenik loosens the darkest portions of the silver emulsion and drapes and adorns shadowy figures with them. The works are atmospheric, soft, and elegant and figures move in and out of focus and plane enticing us with mystery. Another series on display A Journey Home seems at first to be from another time, we quickly realize that in some ways, they are- they are a portrayal of an Amish community. These frames allow us to engage the qualities of a noble people.

On the whole there is something magical in the work of these artists, something mythic, fanciful yet concrete- the natural world becomes more than stage, but personnage. Each frame offers a space for awe and opportunity for wonder.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Verve Gallery

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Book Launch & Artist's Reception: Hank O'Neal at Stephen Bulger Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

HANK O'NEAL
XCIA's Street Art Project

Exhibition Dates: April 28 – May 12, 2012

Opening Reception and Book Launch:
Saturday, April 28
2:00 - 5:00 pm

Artist Talk:
Saturday, April 28
4:00 pm (in Gallery Two)


Formal CIA Agent in the Domestic Operations division, Hank O'Neal turned to photography in the mid 1970's to document a cultural phenomenon occurring in alleys and subways, on walls, in hidden and exposed nooks- street art. Street art is arguably the modern equivalent of one of O'Neal's inspirations, Walker Evans' Depression-era images of signage that weathered, peeled, and literally disintegrated. The equally ephemeral images captured by O'Neal records major works of meaningful expression by what have become legendary names to the media and the culture- Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Bansky, Richard Hambelton, JR, Shepard Fairey as well as many unknown artists and collaborative layers of work.

As an image maker O'Neal is as selective and reflective of the work he documents as the artists he memorializes; the work "must be in a public place, must be visually captivating and perhaps beautiful, must be the product of an informed intellect (not of a vandal), and must be purposeful" (O'Neal). The local of the works often impacts the message of the image, and O'Neal is noted for his ability to discover the unexpected and particularly resonant works in spaces with political charge, along the Berlin Wall; in spaces of sentimental reflection, a cemetery in Paris; or on a banal but at times heroic structure, lifeguard station in Venice, CA.

Imagery from the text to be on exhibition at Stephen Bulger gallery.

Text details below.

XCIA's STREET ART PROJECT: The First Four Decades
by Hank O'Neal

Hardcover/Photography
9 x 12 inch, 208 pages
ISBN: 978-098358270-0


Limited Edition Book
Hardcover/Photography
9 x 12 inch, 208 pages
ISBN: 978-098358270-0
Includes a 7 x 22 inch Print of any image in the book
Edition of 500

Contact the Stephen Bulger Gallery for more information, pricing, and availability.

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