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Home Grown

Fellowship Recipients 2005 – 2014

Curated by Ariel Shanberg & Helena Kaminski

Featuring Craig J. Barber, Karen Davis, Isaac Diggs, Tara Fracalossi, Danny Goodwin, Deb Hall, James Heil, Yumiko Izu, Chad Kleitsch, Kristina E. Knipe, Mark Lyon, Tanya Marcuse, Jennifer Lynn Morse, Harvey Osterhoudt, and Phil Underdown

On view: November 15, 2014 – January 25, 2015

Opening reception: Saturday 5-7pm, November 15, 2014

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The phrase “home grown” connotes something special. It fills one’s mind with images of something nurtured and cared for. It acknowledges a particular value that while it could have come from somewhere else, the local nature of its origins enhances its substance.

For this exhibition CPW has invited the past decade’s worth of Photographers’ Fellowship Fund recipient to share their “home grown” work which they have produced since receiving their respective fellowships. With an exciting range of approaches and interests, they represent the ever growing vibrancy of artistic inquiry and dialogue that can be found in upstate New York and is nurtured by CPW.

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Since 1980 CPW has provided direct monetary support on an annual basis to photographers who live and work in upstate New York through the Photographers’ Fellowship Fund. Established to strengthen and encourage artists who do not have access to the resources and forms of support typically found in major metropolitan areas, the Fellowship often serves as the first form of major recognition in its recipient’s careers. As of 2014, CPW has granted over $77,000 to 86 photographers. Fellowship winners are free to use the funds however they deem necessary. Each year a different distinguished professional in the field is invited to select the Fellowship recipient. We are particularly grateful to the jurors who initially selected the artists represented here; Peter Barberie, Sharon Bates, Leslie K. Brown, Hannah Frieser, Howard Greenberg, Willis E. Hartshorn, Larissa LeClair, Liliana Porter, Laurel Ptak, and Sasha Wolf.

This survey’s scope encapsulates a fervent period of time in which the area has experienced a surge of creative energies brought by a new wave of artists who chose to call upstate New York home. Those featured in the exhibition, range in age from their early twenties to mid-sixties, reflecting the depth of creative vitality that resides here. While the themes that run throughout the works featured in Home Grown reflect many of the major trends and concerns currently being explored in the broader art-world, they also reflect a particular regional profile – an awareness of the symbiotic bond and the tensions that exist between man and nature, and a fascination with practitioners of the region’s long-standing cultural traditions.

 –       Ariel Shanberg, 2014

 

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015Craig J. Barber

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015Karen Davis

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015Isaac Diggs 

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015Tara Fracalossi

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015Danny Goodwin

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015Deb Hall

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015James Heil

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015Yumiko Izu

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015Chad Kleitsch

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015Kristina E. Knipe

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015Mark Lyon

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015Tanya Marcuse

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015Jennifer Lynn Morse

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015Harvey Osterhoudt

"Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014", November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015Phil Underdown

 

 

Carla Shapiro

Rewriting Loss

September 9 – October 10, 2011

In honor of those who died on 9/11, I hand copied the obituaries of 2500 of the victims of the World Trade Center from The New York Times.

Each obituary was written in black ink on white vellum, a stiff translucent paper. I wrote for four hours a day for five months. As I wrote I became intrigued with the words that represented each person and reated a project that was full of peace rather than death. The handwritten pages were hung in the country air to weather away as the wind and sun faded the writing and the rain and snow washed them clean. Over time, as the written words washed away the papers became “prayer flags”. Prayer flags, originating in Tibet, are visual reminders of prayer; they are left to sway in the wind, and each snap and flutter is an utterance of prayer.

Over the course of one year, I photographed these obituaries – in early light, in darkness, in the rain, as the leaves fell, and as it snowed. They were photographed in stillness. They were photographed when it was hot and when it was cold, as they moved and as they froze. They were photographed with the rebirth of spring.

For twelve months the obituary-prayer flags hung in lines across the stream in my backyard in Chichester, New York. In each season they moved in the breeze, generating song throughout their movement, and creating patterns of light and dark as they became part of the life around them. Each day I saw a new story, as every sheet of vellum became free of its words and transformed into the pure whitness I waited for – my way of honoring those who had died.

– Carla Shapiro, 2011

Carla Shapiro was born in Manhattan. She is a Chichester-based visual artist who has been working in photography for over 25 years, creating bodies of work about women, aging, 9/11, beauty and decay. She holds a BFA from Syracuse University and currently teaches graduate students at the Pratt Institute Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. She has received the Fellowship Fund in 2003 from the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Golden Light Awards at Maine Photographic Workshops, New Jersey Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, NYFA SOS Grant, The O’Conner Foundation, and Pratt Institute. She has received residencies from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, among others.

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