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Redefining Nature Photography ~ Shane McGeehan

 

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Shane McGeehan ~ Redefining Nature Photography

Artist’s Biography

Shane McGeehan is an artist currently living in Waverly, Pennsylvania. He has an MFA from The Ohio State University with a focus in photography, digital art, performance, and installation. Shane earned his BFA from Syracuse University in computer art while also spending a semester studying at the Rhode Island School of Design as a visiting student in photography.

Shane is always questioning what photography is, how it can be redefined, and where is fits into the art world today. Although the camera is his main tool, he has been known to utilize a plethora of image capture methods including flatbed scanners, large format film, microscope optics, makeshift lenses, and even a collection of vintage cameras. When Shane is not working in his studio he enjoys arguing about art, hiking, crafting, painting, tutoring, dancing, listening to vinyl, and cooking butternut squash.

Artist Statement

I climbed a mountain in Vermont, made a photograph at the top, but it was empty. Sure, it held beauty and awe but the image didn’t capture what it felt like to be me, on top of that mountain, at that time in my life. I had realized that I am more interested in ideas and feelings rather than crisp and flawless exposures.

The artist Duane Michals once said “We’re not our eyeballs, we’re our mind.” He continues by explaining how art should deal with all of the human condition, and most photographs are only meant to please. I want my brain to be stimulated in a gallery, not just my eyes. I don’t want to be comforted, I want to be confronted. I want to feel it all: pain, humor, bewilderment. I want old memories dug up.

Such thoughts have been guide my urge to explore human nature through the manipulation of nature. In this work I am returning to straight photography, however by altering the scene I am creating some sort of open ended tension and confusion left for the viewer to deal with themselves. Similar to abstract painting, I look at each photograph as a visual poem that is to be deciphered and experienced on a personal level. I am redefining “Nature Photography”.

 

The show opened on Friday, July 7th with an artists reception from 6 pm – 8:15 pm and ran until August 30, 2017.

www.cameraworkgallery.org

North Dakota – Stephen Perloff

 

 

 

 

 

North Dakota, a suite of ten images made by Stephen Perloff during an artist’s residency at the University of North Dakota in February 2016, opens at Camerawork Gallery in Scranton, PA, on June 2. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 2, 6 – 8:15 p.m. with an Artist Talk and Book Signing. The exhibition continues through June 30.

The book North Dakota is available from wilbureditions for $25. You can also buy signed copies at the opening reception.

The suite of ten images is available for viewing at perloffphoto.com.

All images are available in three sizes (with slight variation): 13.25″ x 20″ (open edition, prints numbered consecutively), 19.875″ x 30″ (edition of 9 + 2 AP); 26.5″ x 40″ (edition of 5 + 1 AP).

Artist’s Biography

Stephen Perloff is the founder and editor of The Photo Review, a critical journal of international scope publishing since 1976, and editor of The Photograph Collector, the leading source of information on the photography art market. He has taught photography and the history of photography at numerous Philadelphia-area colleges and universities and has been the recipient of two grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for arts criticism. He was the recipient of the Sol Mednick Award for 2000 from the Mid-Atlantic region of the Society for Photographic Education, the first annual Vanguard Award from the Philadelphia Center for the Photographic Image in 2007, and the Colin Ford Award for Curatorship from the Royal Photographic Society in 2012.

His photographs have appeared in numerous exhibitions and reside in many museum and private collections, including those of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the George Eastman House, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Lehigh University, Haverford College, and the University of North Dakota. His exhibition, “Unseen Color, Part I,” was shown at The Light Room Gallery, Philadelphia, in March and April 2012; and “Unseen Color, Part II: East and West” was on view at The Light Room in May and June 2013. His work was recently included in the exhibitions “An Evolving Legacy: Twenty Years of Collecting at the Michener Art Museum” at the James A. Michener Art Museum (June 2009 – January 2010); “Streets of Philadelphia: Photography 1970–1985” at The Print Center, Philadelphia (fall 2009 and traveling to Lithuania in late 2016); “The Silver Garden” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (February – July 2005); “Continuum: Photography in Philadelphia: Past, Present, and Future” at the Free Library of Philadelphia (March–July 2007); “Filling the Frame” at Photo West Gallery, Philadelphia

(April 2007), and “Hot Topic,” a show about global warming, at The Germantown Academy (fall 2007). His work was included in the exhibition “Making Magic: Beauty in Word and Image” at the James A. Michener Art Museum (November 3, 2012 – March 31, 2013), and images from “Unseen Color” were shown at the InVision Photography Festival in Bethlehem, PA, from October 2012 to January 2013. In 2013 his work was seen at the State Theater in Easton, PA (February–March) and at the Red Filter Gallery in Lambertville, NJ (March–April). “West Philly Days,” an exhibition of images made between 1967 and 1976, was shown in West Philadelphia at The Gold Standard in September–October 2014.

His book North Dakota was published by wilbureditions in April 2016. An exhibition of this work was held at Santa Bannon Fine Art in Bethlehem, PA, during the InVision Photography Festival in November 2016.

He has been widely praised for his writing about the photography art market, including his detailed auction reports, and for his extensive reporting on major stories like the exposure of the production of fraudulent Lewis Hine prints. His articles have been reproduced in dozens of other journals — like American Photo, The Art Newspaper, Town & Country, Silvershotz, Photo News, Camera, and the website Le Journal de la Photographie — and he has been called on as an expert to comment on the state of the photography market for publications such as The New York Times, The Toronto Globe & Mail, The Wall Street Journal, and Photo District News. He has also written several essays and introductions for books, including for the 2012 Leica Oskar Barnack award winner Frank Hallam Day’s Nocturnal and Feo Pitcairn’s Primordial Landscapes (2015). He is a long-time member of the Board of Artistic Advisers of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) in Philadelphia and also served for a number of years as a member of CFEVA’s Board of Directors.

He has curated more than a score of exhibitions, including “Philadelphia Past and Present” at the Philadelphia Art Alliance for the city’s tricentennial in 1982. He was the curator of the acclaimed series “Photography: Contemporary Prospect” at Historic Yellow Springs (1994–2001). And he curated the exhibition “Camera Work: A Centennial Celebration,” which opened at the James A. Michener Art Museum in September 2003 and traveled nationally through January 2005; an exhibition of environmentally concerned photographs, “Paradise Paved,” for the Painted Bride Art Center (April–May 2005); “Radical Vision: The Revolution in American Photography, 1945–1980” at the James A. Michener Art Museum (January–May 2006); the retrospective exhibition “Andrea Baldeck: The Heart of the Matter” at the Moore College of Art, Philadelphia (January–March 2007); and “Saving Face,” an exhibition of portraits drawn from the collection of Robert Infarinato at the Michener (November 2008 – March 2009). He was also the curator for the Woodmere Art Museum Photography Triennial (September 2009 – January 2010) and “Mark Sadan: Shadows of Delight” at the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust and Galleries on the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom. His most recent curatorial project, “Extended Realities: The Language of Photomontage,” was seen at the Rowan University Art Gallery from October to November, 2013. He also has served as a juror for literally scores of competitions, locally, nationally, and internationally and has served as a portfolio reviewer at numerous photography festivals like FotoFest, Photo Lucida, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Panorama, and for several regional and national conferences of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE).

The show will open on Friday, June 2nd with an artists reception from 6 pm – 8:15 pm and will run until June 30, 2017.

www.cameraworkgallery.org

Walking Juárez – Photographs by Bruce Berman

 

 

 


 


 

Walking Juárez

Photographs by Bruce Berman

Artist Statement

The work in this exhibit is a small collection from my new book, Walking Juárez. The book is a compilation of photographs and stories collected over the period of time from 1975-2017.

I live in El Paso, three blocks from Juárez, México. I moved there in 1980 and have, primarily, looked south ever since. The work in this show –and in my book- depicts my experiences while walking in Juárez.

In 1980, I wrote in my journal, after my first walk in the borderlands of El Paso/Juárez, “…I have seen a new world. It is both physical fact and myth. It is a place with a line drawn through it and on each side of that line there are metaphoric mirrors that reflect back at each other, distorting each other. It is the USA/Mexican border and I am going to make my stand here.”

I set out to tell the truth of a place. Maybe I did that a little, but in the end –and I think it is part of what photography is all about- I found out about me, a lot. Living and working in a place so opposite of the United States, I knew I was into something entirely different than what I had known before, from my roots in Chicago, and I immediately realized I didn’t belong there, and, that’s where I wanted to be.

So, how do you start? How do you dig out the soul of a place?

You walk.

I walked as softly as I could and just worked with anyone that would “take me.” The work in this exhibit is that: moments of time where the borderlands and I have come together. It’s about experience in search of meaning.

Every time I work in Juárez is kind of like surfing, paddling out, getting on the board and just riding each crazy wave until it dumps me or I land near shore.”

My hope is that others experience the heart of Juárez and the borderlands through these images.

Biography

Bruce Berman has been a professional photographer for over four decades. He has always worked in what some call, “The Concerned Photographer,” style of photography. His initial documentary projects were in Chicago where he photographed Appalachian migrants to the big city, Black Panthers during the tumultuous 1960’s and the gritty street life of Chicago in its Rust Belt years.

His main work has concentrated on the United States/Mexico border, particularly the narrow stretch of land that encompasses El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico.

After coming back from his earliest foray on Alameda Street on El Paso’s south side, in 1980, Berman wrote in his journal, “…I have seen a new world. It is both physical fact and myth. It is a place with a line drawn through it and on each side of that line there are metaphoric mirrors that reflect back at each other, distorting each other. It is the USA/Mexican border and I am going to make my stand here.”

The aggregate result of that effort resides in three main bodies of work:  The Border Project: 1985-2007, Aftermath: Cartel War Years (2007-2011) and Walking Juárez, 1975-present.

Berman lives and works deep in the borderlands of El Paso/Juárez, three blocks from the international bridge that connects them. He has only one window and it looks out south, to Juárez, to México, toward the southern part of the hemisphere. He continues to cover his “beat,”for himself and major publications throughout the world.

In addition to being a professional photographer, since 2008 he has taught photojournalism at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, New Mexico, 47 miles north of the border. His teaching concentration is in Documentary Photojournalism.

Living on the border with all of its many riddles, conflicts, dualities, hopes and aspirations has been perfect preparation for balancing these two missions. He considers it a border project.

The show will open on Friday, May 5th with an artists reception from 6 pm – 8:15 pm and will run until May 30, 2017.

 

The Pennsylvania Project – Hinda Schuman & Linda Johnson


Fulton Diner
Adams Sunset
Life in Mars
Ms Pennsylvania


The Pennsylvania Project

Photographs by Hinda Schuman and Linda Johnson


Artist’s Statement:


We began this project in August of 2001, in part as an aesthetic investigation — how do two photographers see the same thing differently? — and in part because we were, and remain, astonished at the span of cultures found within these 67 counties. In 1992 James Carville’s assessment was that the state was “Philadelphia and Pittsburgh…with Alabama in between.“ Pennsylvania’s agrarian, industrial past, memorialized in places like the Eckley Miners’ Village in Luzerne County, is giving way to an unknown future. Through our photographs, we witness this evolution. As of January 2017 we have photographed in 47 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. The project has been exhibited in solo exhibits in Philadelphia, PA, Rosemont PA, Westmoreland County, and as part of the Art of the State Juried Exhibition in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.


Project Description:


For each of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania we create nine pairs of images, pairing one image of Linda’s with one image of Hinda’s. Each diptych becomes one singular image. When we go out to photograph we sometimes choose a specific event, like a county fair, or The “#9 Coal Mining Museum.” Sometimes we choose a county, point to the map and see what we find visually and emotionally compelling. It is our practice to photograph in the same place at the same time, but not necessarily to shadow one another. One of us might be interested in what’s going on backstage at the “Ms. Teen Pennsylvania Pageant” while the other concentrates on the action onstage. When we pair the images we look for what works together. This means there is compelling graphic and emotional reason for the images to be seen together. We arrived at nine pairs for each county rather randomly and have maintained that number throughout the project.


The show will open on Friday, April 7st with an artists reception from 6 pm – 8:15 pm and will run until April 30, 2017.

Aegean Streets – Photographs by David Elliot




Aegean Streets

Photographs by David Elliot

Artist’s Statement:



Greece: sea, air, light—
everything reduced to essentials.
Time thinned out, whisked away,
hard Greek sun bleaching
everything,even rocks.

Since 2010 I have visited the group of Greek islands in the Aegean Sea called the Cyclades several times. Drawn by the strong clear light and intense blue skies, I find the rugged landscapes, with the sea visible from almost everywhere, endlessly fascinating and inspiring to both my photography and poetry. But increasingly it has been the architecture that focuses my gaze.

Walking the mazy streets—
whitewashed walls, stairs,
windows ajar, breezes
blowing long white curtains into the blue.
Squinting at the sea shimmering
in the mist, no line between water and sky.
A thousand slices of time in the camera.

Typically the streets are narrow, without cars, twisting and turning like a maze (which they in fact were meant to be as defense against pirates) in rapidly changing perspectives. The whitewashed vernacular architecture of the towns and villages with their simple clean shapes, the play of light and shadow, led me to almost abstract, minimal images, often reduced to just a few lines, straight or curved, not unlike a haiku.

These Cycladic streets
so many shades of white—
a new moon

The show will open on Friday, March 3rd with an artists reception from 6 pm – 8:15 pm and will run until March 31, 2017.

Scranton Notorious – Curated by Bernie Andreoli

Larceny of Chickens

Larceny

Murder

Scranton Notorious

From the collections of Nick Petula, a Show curated by Bernie Andreoli

Curator’s Statement:

The spark for this show began three years ago when my friend Nick Petula asked me to scan part of his collection of 100-year-old Scranton Police Department mug shots.  They intrigued me.   I couldn’t get the images, descriptions of the criminals and description of crimes out of my head.  The images are wonderful examples of basic informational portraits yet they appear to have been made by a true photographic artist.  The frontal image with an expressionless stare and piercing eyes and the casual profile belie the reason for the images to be made.  A meld of art, history and the foibles of man.
The show will open on Friday, November 4th with an artists reception from 6 pm – 8:15 pm and will run until December 30, 2016.

The Camerawork Gallery is located in the lower level of Marquis Art and Frame at 515 Center St. Scranton, PA.
Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am – 6 pm. 570-344-3313
For more information, please contact Lori Ryan. 1-570-352-2605

www.cameraworkgallery.org

Scranton Notorious Held Over for December

The response to the Scranton Notorious show has been tremendous. The show will be held over through December 30th. Don’t miss it. The gallery will be open on First Friday December 2nd so come on by.

Wow! Fantastic First Friday Show

Lori Ann Brunetti’s show last night was very powerful. The black and white prints from “The Evolution of Olivia Grace” were superbly done. A must see show!