PHOTOGRAPHY NOW 2015
on view: April 18 – June 14, 2015
opening reception: Saturday 5-7pm, April 18, 2015
The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is pleased to announce Photography Now 2015 juried by David Bram, editor, founder, and curator of Fraction Magazine.
This years’ installment of CPW’s annual Photography Now exhibition presents ten artists, from across the US, who approach the medium of photography from a wide range of directions. Writing about his approach to this year’s selection of photographers, David Bram shares, “Each year CPW’s Photography Now exhibition consistently shows interesting, high quality work. I am excited to share with CPW’s audiences the photographers I have selected for this show that I am confident will carry on that tradition. It is an honor to be the juror for the 2015 installment of Photography Now.” With photography’s ever evolving visual nature, CPW is pleased to have the keen insight and perspective of our juror David Bram for this year’s exhibition.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Sue Abramson’s (Pittsburgh, PA) relationship with the woods has been as complex as the twisting branches in her photographs: the woods began as teacher; became drawings reminiscent of those made by camera obscura; were peaceful refuge during a time of loss; and ultimately have metamorphosized into a growing clock as Abramson begins to now explore the impact of time on them. For her, they are clearly collaborator, teacher, and friend.
The strains and enduring bonds of sisterhood are explored in Liz Arenberg’s (Brooklyn, NY) series You See Me, Following years of estrangement Arenberg uses her camera to create a conversational space in which she can reconnect to her once proverbial other half.
Morgan Ashcom (Queens, NY) likens his experience growing up in – and subsequently fleeing from – Appalachia to nautical tales of escape, such as Moby Dick or the story of Jonah escaping Tarshish. His photographs are a visitation of locales that recall his first adventures away from home, and an investigation into the unlikely but common convergence of disparate environments.
Seeking to poetically document her family life, Joy Christiansen Erb’s (Youngstown, OH) photographs are quiet, but poignant. They speak to a consciousness below the surface of the photograph – not of the subject, but of the photographer who becomes an omniscient super-ego floating, searching for truth within the complex intimacy of womanhood, motherhood, and parenthood.
Quiet and discarded, the objects in Molly Lamb’s (Quincy, MA) still lives represent an inheritance of loss. She utilizes the twists of the myrtle tree outside of her window to navigate her own histories: memories of family, leftover stories, unclear realities. Her series Ghost Stepping is a meditation on the pieces leftover from personal loss, and from which new beginnings are formed.
Well-versed in portraiture, and appreciative of the aesthetic of film-based photography, Ash LaRose (Burlington, VT) finds inspiration in her social media network. Photographing her online “friends”, she seeks to create artifacts out of the quickly captured camera phone shots by imitating the tintype process. Her final prints are objects – rarely do the photographs taken on cell phones get printed, yet LaRose gives them a foundation of metal, elevating them to the position of historic artifact.
Tobia Makover (Savannah, GA) crafts her images using a process that dates back to the first century, B.C.E. Her work studies the cyclicality of home and travel – the comfort of home confronting the weight of its history. Her encaustic wax encases the restless, anxious, wandering, and searching photographs, trying to resolve reality with emotion.
Zoe Perry-Wood (Lexington, MA) is a social documentary photographer whose current work focuses on the Boston Alliance of Gay & Lesbian Youth (BAGLY) Prom. The young adults featured in this exhibition are uncomfortable with the traditionalist ideals forced upon them at their high school proms; instead they chose to attend a celebration with kindred youth. The BAGLY Prom undoubtedly plays a vital role in the development of these teenagers, exposing them to an open and uncritical environment within which they can explore their own identity.
Presenting his most recent project, Jeff Phillips (Chicago, IL) contemplates the human tension with nature. Phillips grapples with the deadpan humor found in our “intent to destroy or alter nature”: a parking lot which invades its surrounding natural environment, and yet sits empty; the lonely germination of a plastic and vinyl sign announcing its ownership of, and attempting to sell, a tract of lush, rolling landscape.
Nick Shepard (Portland, OR) incorporates the visual language of Dutch Master still life painters to revision our relationship to the familiar and the everyday, inviting us to “look again” in his series De bekende wereld (The Known World).
In the interest of transparency, CPW and the juror would like to disclose that he was familiar, to varying degrees, with many of the submitted portfolios. Bram states “Between seven years with Fraction, three years with Flash Powder, and countless portfolio review events, I have had the good fortune to meet and work with so many talented artists. For this exhibition, I selected some photographers whom I have worked with in a professional capacity, others who I have loose associations with, and still others whose work was brand new to me. While I have professional relationships with dozens of photographers who submitted to this call for entries, I felt the strength and diversity of the combination of those I selected made for the most dynamic exhibition.”
ABOUT THE JUROR
David Bram is the editor, founder, and curator of Fraction Magazine, an online venue dedicated to fine art and contemporary photography. Fraction Magazine brings together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe. Fraction Magazine was founded in 2008, is published on a monthly basis, and has shown portfolios from more than 300 photographers. David is also the co-creator of Flash Powder Projects. Through workshops and invite-only retreats, Flash Powder Projects gives photographers valuable knowledge and guidance on how to move their careers forward, establish goals for their work, and develop plans to launch photographic projects.
David Bram has reviewed portfolios at over 20 national events including Review Santa Fe, Fotofest, PhotoLucida, PhotoNOLA, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Medium, and Filter. He was a juror for Review Santa Fe in 2010 as well as a frequent juror for Critical Mass. He was a reviewer at Fotofest Moscow in August 2011 and a curator at the Lishui Photography Festival in China in November 2011. In September 2010, David was the recipient of the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award.
EXHIBITION SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS
Photography Now 2015 will be on view from Saturday, April 18, 2015, through Sunday, June 14, 2015. CPW galleries are free & open to the public Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm and by appointment. CPW is located at 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock New York 12498.
CPW invites groups and individuals to schedule tours and gallery talks of the exhibition Photography Now 2015.
PRESS IMAGES & INTERVIEW REQUESTS
To request high resolution images for press reproduction and interviews with the exhibition artists, contact CPW by clicking here
Image Credit: Molly Lamb, In Their Purse Pockets, 2013 (detail) from the series Ghost Stepping, archival pigment print, 20×25”.