Second Annual Juried Spotlight Members’ Exhibition
A different kind of juried member exhibition… Featuring work from Members: Gary Beeber, Sharon Bibeault, Ellen Feldman, Denise Laurinaitis, George Lowell, Diana Cheren Nygren, Jean Schnell and Dennis Stein.
This exhibition brings together a selection of work from our members to provide a more in-depth look at the photographers featured than a typical member show or call for entry generally allows.
This exhibition was conceived as a way to take a closer look at our members, by exhibiting a larger selection of images from the included photographers and providing the opportunity to present ideas that carry across a group of images. As a viewer I hope you enjoy this expanded look at the members featured and the different ways they assembled a selection of images to present an idea across a series of images. Consider how the series of images alters your perception of the single image…
I’m happy to have the opportunity to present the work of our members and celebrate their ability, commitment and the time invested to realize these ongoing projects. Sequence, editing and storytelling across a series of images are all elements beyond the capture process that I encourage you all to explore and constantly re-examine.
Local restrictions and health concerns related to COVID-19 prevented the live presentation of our First Spotlight Member Exhibition, so we are especially excited that we are able to present this year’s version live in our galleries. I would like to take the time to thank all the members who submitted their work for consideration and all the members for their patience with the fluid schedule and occasionally delayed presentations while we navigated the uncertain landscape 2020 presented.
– David DeMelim,
RI Center for Photographic Arts
Juror’s Statement: David H. Wells
– David H Wells
About David H. Wells www.davidhwells.com focuses on photo-essays for publication and exhibition, including magazines, brochures, and annual reports. He has produced images for local, national and international clientele. His work has been featured in one-person exhibits at Brown University, U.C. Berkeley and Harvard University. His work has been part of group exhibitions at the Houston FotoFest and the Visa pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan. Portfolios of his work have appeared in American Photography Four, Camera and Darkroom, Communication Arts Photography Annual, Graphics: The Human Condition, Photo District News, Photo Magazine, Photographers International and Zoom. His photo-essays have been funded by fellowships from Nikon/NPPA, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the MacArthur Foundation’s Program of Research and Writing on International Peace and Cooperation, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Fulbright Foundation. He was featured in Photo District News as one of “The Best Workshop Instructors.”
Second Annual Juried Spotlight Members’ Exhibition
Reception and Awards: July 15th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Exhibition: Thursday, July 15th thru Friday, August 11th
This exhibition features a selection of work from members: Gary Beeber, Sharon Bibeault, Ellen Feldman, Denise Laurinaitis, George Lowell, Diana Cheren Nygren, Jean Schnell and Dennis Stein.
Artist Statement : Slide show
When we moved from Sag Harbor, NY to the Midwest we found the perfect house but the pool slide was not to my liking and the first thing I wanted to was to get was rid of it. Who knew it would captivate my imagination and provide the impetus for my next photo project? Over time the slide morphed into an art object and became my muse and metaphor for suburban life. – Gary Beeber
Artist Statement: Mirrored
Since I was a kid, I was always fascinated with kaleidoscopes and mirrored images. I have always found them fascinating how you could take a piece of glass or a mirror to distort in what you actually see in front of you. When I went to art college, I played around with the concept a bit with my drawings. A professor of mine encourage me more with the technique. I used to come up with some interesting results.
Early last year, I lost my husband to cancer. One of my saving graces has been me venturing out into nature and taking my photographs. One day, I decided to experiment with my kaleidoscope and mirrored images again. I’m currently stuck on mirroring them. I wanted to find a calming peace for myself when my world was shattered to pieces. At times they remind me of a fairy fantasy world or just a calming peace. – Sharon M. Thomas BibeaultFull Artist Statement/Bio
Artist Statement : Urban Zips
Urban Zips combines my long standing work in street photography with my love of abstract expressionist painting. It is the work of Barnett Newman (1905-1970) that inspired this project. He created what he called “zips”: large “color field” paintings in which the entire canvas is covered with a single color, and is then bisected by one or more thin bands—or zips—of another color.
My own “zips” are single-frame, composite images where, typically, a close-up shot of an urban surface is sliced by one or more bands of my classic street photography. However, I am now beginning to take liberties with the rules I set up, experimenting with bending—even breaking—my own rules.
Within the frame, I build formal correspondences, conflicts, and narrative layers. The result veers toward abstraction, but the reality-based source is always present. While Urban Zips hint at elements of character and narrative, they complicate principles of physical reality: scale, perspective, the relation of figure to ground, and in some cases, time. – Ellen FeldmanEllen Feldman Bio/ Resume
Artist Statement: Memory is a Crashing Wave
There is a lot that I do not remember about the year my father died. I piece together memory fragments like a puzzle. He was 47 and I was 5—I thought his oxygen tank a normal part of life. I do not remember knowing that his illness meant that he would die. At 5, I was devastated. Grief lived deep within my subconscious, I needed to be held and told I would be okay. Instead, I dreamed up other scenarios to escape my reality. The stories I told myself gave me hope, until I grew older and they no longer worked.
When I turned 47, my son turned 5—the same age difference, almost down to the day. I started to examine and compare his childhood and mine, my father’s illness and my health. A box that my mother kept of my father’s items became a necessary exploration. Through handling things that were markers of his life – a camera, his wallet, his pictures of us – I was able to make the connections between his life and my memory of his absence. The unexpected scent of him was familiar and brought him closer to me, closer to making him real. – Denise Laurinaitis
Artist Statement :
– George Lowell
Diana Cheren Nygren
Artist Statement: Just Another Alice
For the last year, the world was in the grip of a health crisis unlike any experienced in my lifetime. “Just another Alice” is a series of shadow boxes through which I explore the feeling of being trapped at home while struggling to find joy and hope. During the pandemic we have been locked down, our movement has been restricted, and travel has come to a standstill. For months I have barely left my home. I feel a little crazy at times and struggle to hold onto ways to find pleasure.
I have built a small room to embody the space I have been confined to over this period of time. The image in each box shows that space, inhabited by a single empty chair and the traces of those activities to which I look for solace. Through the window of that room, I remember travels as a way of looking to the future. We all have our ways of coping. One way or another, we seek to bring light into the walls that confine us. With these images, I indulge in small pleasures, and look beyond the walls to memories of past trips and promises of new experiences. But more than that, they are a testament to the power of imagination, and the joy and strength we can gain through weaving stories. – Diana Cheren Nygren
Artist Statement: Framing the Light
During the depths of pandemic isolation and political turmoil, I was searching for any hope I could find. When I listened to Amanda Gordon’s inaugural poem, one statement resonated within me: When day comes, where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
George Fox, the founder of Quakerism, had a similar statement: I saw, also, that there was an ocean of darkness and death: but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness. I have heard this statement for my entire life in Quaker Meeting. And the mental image of light flowing over the darkness has always given me hope.
I have an ongoing project of photographing Quaker Meetinghouses all over New England. The Ocean of Light statement seemed to go hand in hand with some of these photos. Collecting the photos together gave me hope when I needed it most. – Jean Schnell
Full Artist Statement/Bio
Artist Statement: Fort Warren
The Fort Warren series was done in September of 2019. It was my first time there. I decided to use a pinhole camera and handhold it with a small tripod for some control, rather than a full size tripod that would stabilize the camera during exposure. The combination of random movement and pinhole camera would add a different visualization to the fort’s history.
– Dennis Stein
Dennis Stein Bio/ Resume
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