VISCERAL NOTIONS

Exhibition featuring Bennie Flores Ansell, Elsa Mora and Gabriel García Román
February 11 – March 26, 2017

Gallery reception: Saturday, February 11, 5-7pm
Panel discussion: Saturday, March 25, 5pm

The Center for Photography at Woodstock is pleased to present Visceral Notions, an exhibition featuring artists Bennie Flores Ansell, Elsa Mora and Gabriel García Román. Photography — literally named after the act of drawing in light — takes on a different and once again tactile nature as these artists explore acts of seeing, sensing, and re-imagining the world around them. Connected in their poetic, yet unconventional approach to photography that considers the medium’s materiality and hand-manipulated surfaces, the artists instill a forbidden desire to touch and experience the art.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Bennie Flores Ansell is a Houston-based installation artist, whose art deconstructs discarded slide film. She reinvents images from slide film into clouds of 1-inch dots, which viewed at a distance show only color and shape, but when viewed at close distance reveal the original images. The swarm of dots represent the opposite of pixelation by revealing more detail the closer the viewer gets to the works. Flores Ansell received a BA in Photography from the University of South Florida and an MFA in Photography from the University of Houston. She has been exhibited at the International Center for Photography in New York City, Seattle Art Museum, Berkshire Museum of Art, and many other venues. Her awards include fellowships from the American Photography Institute, the Houston Center for Photography and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. Flores Ansell was born in the Philippines. She teaches photography and digital art at the Houston Community College Central Campus.  www.benniefloresansell.com

Elsa Mora‘s art explores issues such as memory, self-awareness, connectivity and the intricacies of the brain. Growing up around family members with mental illnesses left a deep impression on her and instilled a deep curiosity about human behavior. Combining unusual materials with photography, Mora tells visual stories that explore her interpretation of what it means to be human. Mora is the recipient of CPW’s 2016 Photographer’s Fellowship Award. She was born and raised in Cuba. She lives in Mount Tremper, NY.  www.elsamora.net

Gabriel García Román creates multi-layered images that re-imagine LGBT activists in poses from Renaissance and Russian icon paintings. The figures convey grace and inner strength that is often denied to members of the LGBT community when depicted in mass media. Román uses a technique that applies chine-collé to a polymer photogravure process, thereby creating a final piece that combines the richness of photogravure with the beautiful papers applied through chine-collé. He describes himself as “left-handed Mexican-Amaricón artist,” born in Mexico and raised in Chicago. Román lives and works in New York City.  www.gabrielgarciaroman.com

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS
Visceral Notions will be on view from Saturday, February 11, 2017, through Sunday, March 26, 2017. 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.


INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMMING

CPW invites groups and individuals to schedule tours and gallery talks.


PRESS IMAGES & INTERVIEW REQUESTS

To request high resolution images for press reproduction and interviews with the exhibition artists, contact CPW directly at (845) 679-9957

Image Credit: Bennie Flores Ansell, 1-dpi monthly (detail) mixed media, dimensions vary.