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Photography Now 2017 – Jeanette May

Artist Interview

This is an open series of interviews with the artists in the Photography Now 2017 exhibition.

JEANETTE MAY – http://www.jeanettemay.com/

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Jeanette May – Red Phone, 2016

1. Where are you from, and what is your background in photography? How did you get into photography?

I grew up in a small town near Chicago, IL. As an undergrad I studied painting, but quickly fell in love with the immediacy (compared to painting) of photography. I went on to earn an MFA in Photography from CalArts. Although I work exclusively in photography now, I function more like a painter.

2. What inspired you to make the work in Photography Now 2017? What is the work about? Please describe one piece, the evolution of the concept, and the process?

I began the Tech Vanitas photo series in order to address our anxiety around new technology and love for beautifully designed, obsolete technology. I gather an ever-expanding collection of commonplace technology and arrange them into precarious still lifes. I use strobe lights and digital photography to capture a coffee percolator and film camera teetering atop a shiny boombox that spews magnetic tape across the keys of an Underwood typewriter. My background in painting is clearly evident in my reference to 17th Century Dutch vanitas paintings, including the quality of light and color in my photos. At the same time, the compositions and artfully designed arrangements hint at contemporary product photography and advertising imagery. Finally, these photos are filled with nostalgia for old technology and yearning for the latest must-have enchanted objects.

3. Much of the work in Photography Now 2017 seems to describe a distance between the subject and the viewer, a disconnection, and/or a dystopian situation. How do you think your work relates to these ideas?

I don’t see my work as dystopian…filled with anxiety, yes.

4. What are you working on now?

I continue to work on the Tech Vanitas project. I’m still borrowing, renting, and occasionally buying, objects to photograph. I recently changed my format from vertical stacking to horizontal tumbling disarray.

5. What is the one photograph you always wanted to make but never could?

I have no answer to this question.


General exhibition information:

Photography Now 2017
November 4, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Juried by William Ewing

Featured Artists: Lars Anderson, Sarah Anthony, Ben Arnon, Sandra Bacchi, John BarnardEmily Berl, Adam Bernard, Christopher Paul Brown, Tianqiutao Chen, Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Orestes Gonzalez, Tamar Granovsky, Alejandro Loureiro Lorenzo, Jeanette May, Zora Murff, Laurie Peek, Ceaphas Stubbs and Ayumi Tanaka.

See full exhibition information or exhibition guide (issuu.com).

Photography Now 2017 – Ceaphas Stubbs

Artist Interview

This is an open series of interviews with the artists in the Photography Now 2017 exhibition.

CEAPHAS STUBBS – http://www.ceaphas.com/

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Ceaphas Stubbs – Tongue Tied, 2014

1. Where are you from, and what is your background in photography? How did you get into photography?
I am from New Jersey. My background in photography has always been connected with my background in painting and sculpture. I got into photography my Junior year at Rutgers University when I took Photo I as an elective. I was drawn to photography because I realized there were things I could do faster and more efficiently in this medium versus painting or sculpture.

2. What inspired you to make the work in Photography Now 2017? What is the work about? Please describe one piece, the evolution of the concept, and the process?

The work is inspired by a variety of interests:

1.) My interest in photographing transparent objects, and being able to see something but not see it simultaneously.
2.) Paint as a material, using it to apply color to an object but also being aware of its physical presence.
3.) My interest in queering the body, and using the body simultaneously as a figurative and architectural element.

3. Much of the work in Photography Now 2017 seems to describe a distance between the subject and the viewer, a disconnection, and/or a dystopian situation. How do you think your work relates to these ideas?
I disagree with the first half of the statement: My work encourages viewers to become active participants. Objects, symbols, and other elements are used as entry points into an otherwise abstract tableaux. The tableaux deeper meaning the more the viewer is invested. In regards to dystopian situations, I think my work operates with a Heterotopian realm in which the spaces have more layers of meaning or relationships to other places than immediately meet the eye.

4. What are you working on now?
I am currently a resident in the Paul Robeson Express Newark Program at Rutgers Newark. During my fellowship, I am working on a series of small-scale transparent and translucent sculptures, while editing a series of photographs from a previous residency and also shooting new images included in the same series.

5. What is the one photograph you always wanted to make but never could?
I have always wanted to make photographs that were well over 100 inches like Andreas Gursky.

 


General exhibition information:

Photography Now 2017
November 4, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Juried by William Ewing

Featured Artists: Lars AndersonSarah AnthonyBen ArnonSandra BacchiJohn BarnardEmily BerlAdam Bernard, Christopher Paul Brown, Tianqiutao Chen, Jennifer Garza-CuenOrestes GonzalezTamar GranovskyAlejandro Loureiro LorenzoJeanette MayZora MurffLaurie PeekCeaphas Stubbs and Ayumi Tanaka.

See full exhibition information or exhibition guide (issuu.com).

PR: Kenro Izu Gallery Talk

Gallery Talk

 

Kenro Izu in Conversation with Howard Greenberg

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 2-4pm
at Aaron Rezny 76 Prince Street Studios in Kingston, NY

It has been over thirty years, since Kenro Izu first met gallerist Howard Greenberg, who had founded CPW just years before as the Catskill Center for Photography. Join us for a special afternoon at Aaron Rezny 76 Prince Street Studios in Kingston, NY, as Kenro and Howard talk about this creative partnership that has lasted decades. As Greenberg describes in the introduction of the book Kenro Izu. A Thirty Year Retrospective (Nazraeli Press, 2010), “I am certain that soon Kenro will reveal more extraordinary photographs; glorious images that only a mature, confident photographic artist can render. They will conjure up memories, triggered by over thirty years’ experience of knowing Kenro Izu and having his images imprinted in my mind. Thirty years of Kenro Izu’s world have changed, and enriched, my life forever.”

Press:

Poughkeepsie Journal, Linda Marston-Reid, “‘Sacred Places’ shows monuments to spiritual deities” (January 9, 2018)
B&H Photography Podcast, Allan Weitz, Food Photography and “Eating Delancey” (January 7, 2018)
Chronogram, Lynn Woods, “Kenro Izu: “Sacred Places” Exhibit in Aaron Rezny’s Kingston Studio” (January 1, 2018)
Kingston Radio 1490WKNY, “Center For Photography And Friends Visit The Italian Show On 1490WKNY Radio Kingston.ORG” (December 17, 2017)
Spectrum News Channel 6, “Center for Photography Fundraiser” (December 17, 2017)
Daily Freeman, Paul Kirby, “Warehouse in Midtown Kingston reborn as photo studio and gallery” (December 15, 2017)
Hudson Valley One, Doug Short, “Kenro Izu at the Center for Photography” (December 14, 2017)
Daily Freeman, Tania Baricklo, “Photos from Aaron Rezny 76 Prince Street Studios (December 14, 2017)

Special edition prints are still available. See details below.

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This gallery talk is part of special programming and an exhibition featuring Kenro Izu’s exhibition Sacred Places, held at the newly inaugurated Aaron Rezny 76 Prince Street Studios in Kingston, NY. The exhibition may be viewed during the event, limited weekend hours and by appointment.

Please note that Kenro’s special edition print will be on sale during the event for the discounted price of $150 (regular price is $250).  Proceeds from the print edition benefit CPW’s artist programs, including exhibitions that on average draw an audience of 10,000 or more, the renowned artist-in-residence program, workshops, workspaces, lecture series and more.

Kingston Hours: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 3-6pm (reception); Sunday, December 17, 2017, noon – 4pm. 2018 weekend hours: January 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, noon – 4pm.  Exhibition venue: 76 Prince Street, Kingston, NY. The exhibition is free and open to the public. To make a special appointment to visit the exhibition, please contact the Aaron Rezny Studio at (212) 691-1894.

Image at top: Fundraiser print, Kenro Izu, Hampi No. 15, India, 1996


Kenro Izu, Ayutthaya No. 36, Thailand, 1998

ABOUT THE SPECIAL PRINT EDITION:

Kenro Izo has generously made two prints available as a special edition to support CPW’s programs. The two images “Ayutthaya No. 36, Thailand, 1998″ and “Hampi No. 15, India, 1996″ speak to the timeless beauty of ancient Asian culture. The photographs are beautifully printed archivally in an edition of 50. The image size is 8 x 11-1/2″ on 11 x 14″ paper. The edition sells at a greatly discounted price of $250 per print, however, at the fundraising and special event they go on a super flash sale for $150 (online and at gallery). BUY YOUR PRINT NOW. The images can be purchased at 76 Prince Street Studios or at CPW during gallery hours, or any time from CPW’s online store (Hampi and Ayutthaya).

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kenro Izu (b. 1949) made his first trip to Egypt in 1979, which inspired him to begin his series Sacred Places, an exploration that is still in progress. Work on this series have taken Izu to Egypt, Syria, Jordan, England, Scotland, Mexico, France and Easter Island (Chile). More recently, he has focused on Buddhist and Hindu monuments in South East Asia: Cambodia, Burma, Indonesia, Vietnam and, most recently Bhutan and India.

Izu has been the recipient of the Catskill Center for Photography Fellowship in 1992, a NEA grant in 1984, the New York Foundation for Arts grant in 1985, the Lou Stouman Award in 1999, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001, the Vision Award from the Center for Photography at Woodstock in 2005 and a Lucie Award in 2007.

A related exhibition, Eternal Light, by Kenro Izu is on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery through December 9.