Archive for September 11, 2008

HCP Opening 9/12 changed to 9/19 due to Hurricane

This just in from Houston Center for Photography:

“Due to the approaching storm, we regret to inform you that the Opening Reception for Sage Sohier’s Perfectible Worlds, Mike Osborne’s On Location Beijing, and HCP’s Teacher & Student Exhibition Learning Curve 2 has been postponed to next Friday, September 19, 6-8pm.

HCP will be closed through the weekend, and will resume regular gallery hours on Wednesday, September 17. We hope that you will join us next Friday, September 19 from 6-8pm for the Opening Reception.”


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This Weekend in San Francisco, Houston, Woodstock

SAN FRANCISCO: PhotoAlliance launches the fall with a lecture by Seattle-based PAUL BERGER, with an introductory presentation by BRIAN TAYLOR on Friday, September 12th at 7:30 p.m.

About the PhotoAlliance Lecture Series:

“The PhotoAlliance lecture series brings to the Bay Area a rich range of talent and ideas to further the communities dialogue with contemporary photography. Each month we present nationally and internationally known artists as featured speakers. Our goal is also to support the diverse range of regional photographers, and when possible, our events begin with an introductory presentation by an emerging artist. You will never know what you will see or hear at a PhotoAlliance lecture, but you are likely not to forget each you attend. Everyone welcome.”

A reminder, group exhibition closing SEPTEMBER 18th:

From the website:

“PhotoAlliance in a programmatic partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery presents
Eighteen Months: Taking the Pulse of Bay Area Photography. This exhibition features over 100 images and was the result of an open call to the community. There is a diverse range of styles and interests represented including landscapes, street photography, portraits, and conceptual works.

Participating Artists: Noah Beil, Victor J. Blue, Andres Carnalla, Grant Ernhart, Alex Fradkin, Hiroyo Kaneko, Michael Maggid, Vanessa Marsh, SeanMcFarland , Julia Nelson-Gal, Elizabeth Pedinotti, Mimi Plumb, Kaycie Roberts, Joshua Smith, Susan Lynn Smith, Naomi Rae Vanderkindren, Serena Wellen, David L. Wilson, Jason Winshell, Sabrina Wong, Bijan Yashar, and Jim Zook.”

Eighteen Months was juried by Makeda Best (Assistant Curator, Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), Ann M. Jastrab (Gallery Director, RayKo Photo Center and Gallery, SF), and Doreen Schmid, (PhotoAlliance Board Member, Curator, Editor and Writer).

Three exhibitions open Friday, September 12th at the Houston Center for Photography, and HCP Fellowship artist MIKE OSBORN will be speaking that evening.

From the website: “Austin-based artist Mike Osborne is the recipient of one of two HCP Fellowship Awards in 2007, granting him a cash award of $2,000 and a solo exhibition at the Houston Center for Photography. This year´s selection was juried by Anjali Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of Artlies magazine, critic and video producer and Rachel Cook, artist, writer and independent curator.”

Additional exhibitions opening on the 12th, on view through October 26th:

Perfectible Worlds by Sage Sohier
Opening reception Friday, September 12 from 6-8pm.

“This series is about people´s private passions and obsessions. Begun soon after 9/11/01, the series portrays people transported into worlds and activities over which they have near-total control. The photographs, made from medium-format negatives, range from portraits of some who make extravagant miniature worlds, to others who have extraordinary collections or who immerse themselves in unusual pursuits. Each photograph is the discovery of a particular world an individual has found or created for himself — a private world that few are privileged to see.

The series began with a picture I took of a friend working on his model railroad. Expanding over the twenty years he has owned his house, his railroad has taken over the entire basement. When he goes down to work on it, he leaves behind both his professional and family life. He need satisfy only himself, and exercises complete control over what he has made. This kind of absorption — what we do in an imperfect world to console ourselves — struck me as a subject worthy of exploration.

We´re all fascinated with other people´s passions — what they do in their spare time to satisfy an inner need. These constructions, collections, or activities are quirky, often beautiful, and almost always ends in themselves. My ambition has been to reveal the particularity and intensity of these acts and creations, and also to capture individuals´ engagement in the midst of them. Their worlds — for a fleeting instant, and through their generosity — become mine…and now, perhaps, yours. – Sage Sohier”

Learning Curve 2
September 12 – October 26, 2008

Closing reception and Annual Print Sale: Saturday, November 1 from 4-8pm

Learning Curve 2 is a selection of work by HCP´s teachers and students from the past year. The exhibition highlights the various educational programs that HCP offers through its Learning Center from digital to alternative processes.

HCP offers over 250 workshops and classes a year ranging in skill level and medium reaching over 450 lifelong learners. The teachers that teach these photography workshops are local professional photographers and artists that are able to share their knowledge with the Houston community. In addition to the staff of teachers from Houston, HCP also hosts classes taught by visiting artists from across the nation such as Mark and France Scully Osterman, Keith Carter, and Dan Burkholder. With all the teachers HCP is able to offer something to students of all levels and photographic experiences.

Students that had taken a class between September 2007 — July 2008 were invited to submit work they have made in the past year to showcase their experience in an HCP class. The student work was juried by HCP´s Education Coordinator Rachel Hewlett and HCP´s Executive Director and Curator Madeline Yale.

HCP´s Learning Center just celebrated its two year anniversary allowing the educational programming to grow exponentially during that time. The Learning Center enables HCP to offer a well-rounded experience in photography from camera and technique classes in the Critique Room to Photoshop and printing courses in the Digital Darkroom to photo history in the John Cleary Library.

WOODSTOCK: Mickey Smith‘s exhibition COLLOCATIONS is on view until October 26th, with an artists reception Saturday, September 13th from 5-7 p.m. “Since 2004 Mickey Smith has been creating striking monumental images and site-specific installations culled from her documentation of bound periodicals and professional journals found in the archives of public libraries.

Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Saturday Sept. 13, 5-7pm
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm. ”

From the artist’s website, project description:

Volume is an ongoing project documenting bound periodicals and professional journals in public and private libraries. Most of these publications are being replaced by their online counterparts, and in many cases the printed versions are no longer bound. Several titles photographed in the process of this project have been removed from the stacks due to space and budget constraints. Searching endless rows of these utilitarian texts, I am struck by the physical mass of knowledge and tenuousness of printed works as they fade from public consciousness.

The act of hunting for and photographing these objects is fundamental to my process. I do not touch, light, or manipulate the books and words – preferring to document them as found in the stacks, created by the librarian, and positioned by the last unknown reader.

The irony and graphic quality of repeating titles fascinate and draw, no matter how mundane, from known to obscure, from Vogue to Blood. I focus on simple, provocative titles that transcend the spines on which they appear.


Note: Collocation is defined as “the act or result of placing or arranging together, specifically: a noticeable arrangement or conjoining of linguistic elements (as words).”


Thank you to the following libraries and their generous staff.

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Photography.Book.Now Awards ANNOUNCED

This morning, the winners of the Photography.Book.Now competition were announced on the Blurb website.

Minneapolis-based BETH DOW is the Grand Prize Winner for “IN THE GARDEN” which I first became aware of at Review Santa Fe several years ago and have since become a huge fan of this and her more recent work.  Jen Bekman Gallery in NYC showed Beth’s elegant images in 2007, receiving a mention from photography critic Vince Aletti in The New Yorker.  Congratulations, Beth!

And congratulations are also due to all those who placed in the competition.

I encourage you to go to the website and view the projects submitted, some of which I have known and admired for some time, other bodies of work are new to me.   Entering a book dummy for this competitions was no small feat so please take a look at the efforts of those who placed as well as those who submitted, all of which are available for purchase at the Blurb Bookstore.

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