Category: Exhibitions

ALUMINATURE at Swanson Contemporary

Excited to announce my upcoming solo exhibition, ALUMINATURE at Swanson Contemporary from September 27TH – October 28TH 2017!   #savethedate   #ALUMINATURE  #onehelluvayear

CELEBRATE WITH ME AT THE OPENING RECEPTION — FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2017,  from 6 – 9 PM

ALUMINATURE references not only to the variety of aluminum surfaces to which images are presented onto but also to the phenomena of the natural world in my subject matter. The exhibition features work from several recent series in addition to new works inspired by my experience as the 2017 Regional Artist in Residence at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. 

Swanson Contemporary will also be open during the First Friday Trolley Hop on October 6th from 6 – 9 PM.  The gallery is located in the heart of the NULU Arts District at 636 East Market in Louisville, Kentucky.  Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday from 12 – 6 pm.

ALUMINATURE is a featured exhibition in the 2017 Louisville Photo Biennial, a regional festival occurring in over 60 venues throughout Louisville, Lexington and Southern Indiana from September 22nd through November 11th.

ALTERED PERCEPTIONS – An LVA Louisville Photo Biennial Exhibit at Metro Hall

This is an undeniably big year for me!  It’s as if all the things I have been cultivating in my life of late is coming to fruition at once.  It’s a biennial year for the Louisville Photo Biennial and I have quite the presence in it this year!  Not only am I still teaching with the Biennial, I am also part of several exhibitions…this being one of them.  And let’s face it, this isn’t just any exhibition…it’s an exhibition at Mayor Greg Fishers gallery in Metro Hall!!   You can see this show until January 19th, 2018.

Bull and Friends by C.J. Pressma

What an incredible honor to be selected by Keith Waits of LVA to be part of their Louisville Photo Biennial show at Metro Hall.   The show is entitled “Altered Perceptions” and I am a one of three featured artists who use a photographic image as a means to an end.   I, along with C.J. Pressma and Mitch Eckert illustrate ways in which photography can be employed outside of the traditional realms of 2-d presentation.

Photographer C.J. Pressma is well known amongst the visual art scenes in Louisville and far beyond.  He is the founder of the Center for Photographic Studies in Louisville that originated in the 1970’s and has inspired many with his lifelong dedication to the photographic medium…in all it’s forms!  In “Altered Perceptions”, Pressma exhibits his beautiful photographic quilts, and was the foundation that this exhibition was built around.

Lilly Lemon Peaches Cherries by Mitch Eckert.

Artist and University of Louisville Associate Professor of Art, Mitch Eckert also approaches the use of the photographic image in different ways.  In his ‘Translations’ series, he staged still life compositions inspired by Dutch masters still life paintings.  Initially unhappy with the work, he crumpled up the images and tossed in the trash.  But he wasn’t quite done with them and upon retrieving from the trash, he smoothed out the surface to reveal a beautiful crumpled texture he resinated with and decided to reshot the work…and we are all glad he did!  .

And then if you know anything about me, you know that I am a photographer whose heart lies beyond the click of the shutter.  For years, my goal has been to keep a hands-on approach in processing digital imagery.  In this show, I feature not only some of my recent work incorporating digital image transfers onto wood and metal substrates but also exhibit some of my photo encaustics from the Tiny World Series.

Weaving Reed, from my Tiny World Series

Go see this exhibit!  Mitch Eckert‘s work is located on the second floor, CJ Pressma‘s is located in the third floor stairwell and my work is featured on the fourth floor by the elevators.

Metro Hall is located at 527 West Jefferson St in downtown Louisville.  Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

The exhibit will be up until January 19th, 2018.

INSPIRED AT CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL

Ready for yet ANOTHER super long blog post?   First I gave you a full on overview of my experience at the CONTACT photography festival in Toronto…now here’s the INSPIRED AT post.  But this post will largely be told in photographs, so sit back, scroll down and enjoy!

First up…Angela Grossman Models of Resistance by Poïesis Contemporary.  Saw this work early in the trip and fortunate enough to talk with Gallery Director,  Dr. Lynn Ruscheinsky, gaining insight about the artist as well as her practice and approach to the work.  Love how the work blurs the line between photograph and sculpture!  Wish I could work in such a loose fashion…#studiogoals!  

 

 

Another favorite in the festival was the Alternative Photo Revolution exhibit at Connections Gallery.  Bob Carnie is a photographer, printer and owner of Alternative Photo Services  and Connections Gallery.  The concept for this show was for photographers to submit images that would then be reinterpreted by Carnie through alternative processes such as gum dichromates and pallidium prints.  Carnie is a master printer, both inside and out of the darkroom.  I thought it was a great concept for a show and a nice way to collaborate with fellow photographers.

Alternative Photo Revolution exhibit at Connections Gallery.

 

 

 

 

Katie Hagan, Flux, 16″ x 24″, iphone 6, bevel 3D, blender

 

The artist 2Fik was a featured exhibition of CONTACT and one I was happy I spent some time with.  2Fik is a contemporary Cindy Sherman on steroids!  Like Sherman, 2Fik plays a different character in each image…he just may play between 4 to 30+ unique characters in the same image.  The images below feature both his final pieces and images highlighting a few of the rotating characters in his work.  Heard that he actually shoots the work fairly quickly so he can maintain the same source of light in his images.  Impressed with his vision AND his composting skills.  I mean, his website is 2fik or not 2fik dot com…how can you not like that?

 

 

Andrew Owen is a photographer after my own heart!  I have always loved alternative processes and developing my images in the sun.  When I started teaching photography I started experimenting more with sensitizing papers and fabrics with cyanotype chemicals and produced a number of photograms using natural plant specimens.  It’s not as easy as you may think it would be and to see such a large amount of successful LARGE scale cyanotype fabrics is impressive!

Massive Camera-less Photographs by Andrew Owen A01

 

 

 

Just in time for the rebroadcasting of the original Twin Peaks, Blake Morrow presents Return to Twin Peaks at Field Trip Cafe.  Morrow traveled to Washington state and photographed actual filming locations from the TV Series and then digitally integrated the environments with models shot in his Toronto studio.  Well done and super fun!

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Ok…if you know me even remotely, you know that I lived in Key West for many years…I reference it A LOT!  But I can’t help it…Key West is an amazing place and full of wonderful, creative human beings.  One of these such people is author and historian of science, Jim Gleick.  A body of work entitled dot-dot-dot  by Jacob Robert Whibley that was totally inspired by Gleick’s Time Travel novel.  HAD to make sure I saw the exhibit…photos follow below:

 

 

And finally, the last exhibition I took in…after 9 days…The Journey is the Destination by Dan Eldon.  I have been a fan of Dan Eldon for many years now.  Dan was an adventurous human, photojournalist, artist and activist.  He was 22 years old when he was killed with three other photojournalists while on assignment in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993.  His story and artwork has been featured in many books as well as a recently produced independent film.  I am continually blown away by what he accomplished in his short time on earth.  Learning more about his story will inspire you to make a difference I promise!

One of Dan Eldon’s printed edition collages.

 

This barely scratched the surface of what I took in and this experience will surely inspire me for years to come.  #thankyougreatmeadowsfoundation!  And thank you for hanging in there!!

~jz