Third Annual Juried Spotlight Members’ Exhibition
A different kind of juried member exhibition… Featuring work from Members: Terry Frishman, Pierre Hauser, Lawrence Manning, Rustam Tahir, Cindy Weisbart, and Cindy Wilson in an 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.
A special thank you to all the members who came through these trying times with us and for their patience with schedule changes and occasionally delayed presentations.
– David DeMelim,
RI Center for Photographic Arts
From the Juror: Sandra Eisert
This was a very interesting set of photographs with lots of different voices and viewpoints. But the ante was upped for the finalists in this show because the set of pictures had to work together, to be additive, and yet not redundant. That takes the bar beyond just great technique or interesting images for the finalists. The entrants’ set of five frames needed to tell a story and offer the viewer a new way to see the people, things or experiences they might otherwise never have noticed or explored. At very best, the revelations in one frame give added meaning and engagement to the others. They move the viewer to a new understanding.
Sandra will be giving a virtual gallery talk/project review, live via Zoom on July 20th at 6:00pm Eastern time. Members are welcome to preregister at: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpd-2prTsrHt2O6vvVnqjyLflz2D17l42k
The talk will be recorded for future presentation.
About the Juror: Sandra Eisert is on the board of The International Leica Society (LHSA) and the National Press Photographers Foundation and she is all about storytelling.
When I look at pictures I am an advocate for the audience and a cheerleader for the photographer because I think we need to understand more about one another. Stories connect us – and these days after being separated so much, we especially need connection, we need to share each others’ experiences. Photographs can usually carry essential human, emotional information far better than words. But words are important; statements or captions help us refine and test the effectiveness of our images and offer the audience context that images can’t…
Third Annual Juried Spotlight Members’ Exhibition
Reception and Awards: July 21st, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Exhibition: Thursday, July 21st thru Friday, August 12th
This exhibition features a selection of work from members: Terry Frishman, Pierre Hauser, Lawrence Manning, Rustam Tahir, Cindy Weisbart, and Cindy Wilson
Artist Statement : Found Profiles
Found Profiles, part of an ongoing Discover Pareidolia series, is a curated grouping of profiled imagery that finds meaning in tactile textures of often- overlooked gritty street subjects, which are a metaphor for anyone and anything we may disregard or look down on.
– Terry Frishman
Have you heard of Pareidolia? Greek for seeing meaningful “false images” in random textures like a face in the moon, pareidolia is an evolutionary survival ability to see potentially dangerous, hidden figures in the woods that can be developed like a muscle to creatively see a wider range of “false” subjects.
Artist Statement: Puddle Scapes
For thirteen years, I have walked the streets of New York, attempting to depict the much-photographed city in new ways. In the process, several series have coalesced, including Puddle Scapes, photos of the city as momentarily captured in unstable reAlections on street corners and sidewalk depressions. In this series I’ve tried to give fresh energy to a commonplace subject by striving for dynamic compositions that open up evocative alternative worlds. What attracts me to the subject is the chance to combine multiple layers and textures in painterly collages: cement cracks, rusty curb lining, the bold geometry of trafAic markings, Aleeting glimpses of rushing New Yorkers, and skyscrapers reAlected as dreamy, soft-focus apparitions. Ultimately, my goal is to unveil and showcase the odd dreamscapes that surround us on every corner if we bother to look.
– Pierre Hauser
Artist Statement : Crows, Murder in Nampa
My crow series, Murder in Nampa, reflect the magic, mystery and otherworldly presence of a local roosting of crows. I represent them as spirits, messengers, seers, and prophets. They are metaphysical beings possessing a heightened intelligence and awareness. They observe us. They watch us. And I watch them.
I artistically bridge the documentary and the poetic.
Images are transformed into symbolic and metaphoric storylines that reflect legends, myths, superstitions, folklore, and scientific knowledge. I attempt to agitate the viewers sense of social and cultural norms.
I intend that these enhanced transformations provide a psychological and philosophical connection to a subliminal reality, a profound ethereal realization of the universe. The crows warn us of the stresses affecting our perception of the world as reality dissolves into dissent.
— Lawrence Manning
Artist Statement: Towards Transcendence
– Rustam Tahirrustamtahir.myportfolio.com
Artist Statement : (Coaching the) Bunker Hill Community College Bulldogs
…A player arrives, anxious about being late, after being pulled over by police. “You were profiled,” he says gently, opening a space for two Black men to connect over a common, threatening experience: you’re not alone; it isn’t your fault; the requirements of ‘being on time’ must be flexible in a world of structural inequality.
Jones supports students with resources for housing, immigration, health, food, tutoring, recruitment for four-year college programs, and scholarships. He coaches the whole person. His players go on to notable academic and professional achievements.
In registering emotions and expressions on the Bunker Hill basketball court, I distill layers of guidance and community that manifest joy. This family of men were teachers of this teacher. – Cindy Weisbart
Artist Statement: Light for self-exploration
I am fascinated with the emotional qualities of light and find myself drawn to the intensity, shape, direction, and color of light in addition to the subject it reveals. Light has presence, anima and is the lifeblood of the image. The metaphor is of the light and beauty within me. It has been lingering, waiting for the right moment to emerge. This emergence is spiritual, seeing light in the darkest of spaces illuminating life out of the darkness.
These images are a vehicle for my own self-expression, for delving deeper into my ‘why’. As I listen more to my intuitive self, understanding more about the medium itself, my vision becomes more authentic and uniquely my own. Listening to and conveying my vision is a lifelong journey, in which I am immersed.
– Cindy Wilson
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