Exhibitions in 2010
3rd Annual College Student Show
March 26–April 18, 2010
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David Brickman reviews The Argyros Collection — Silver Years: 25 Years of Collecting Fine Art Photography and other Media in his Get Visual blog. He is an exhibiting artist, art critic. and curator based in Albany, NY. He is former Assistant Features Editor at The Daily Gazette in Schenectady, where he started Get Visual in December 2008.
Work by M-J L. Adelman, Kate Bader, J. Thalia Cunningham, Connie Frisbee Houde, and Diane Reiner. These five ambitious and fearless photographers have collectively travelled 90 percent of the globe — in most circumstances to non-tourist destinations that are usually on the U.S. travel advisory warning list.
From their images you will be captivated by their Visions of Culture. Although we live thousands of miles away, speak different languages,and have different customs the viewer will appreciate the common tread of humanity.
The PhotoCenter Gallery featured12 works from each photographer including images from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Kenya, Morocco, Niger, North Korea, Peru, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, and Yemen.
Dan McCormack began his relationship with photography in 1965 at the Institute of Design in Chicago, where he studied under Aaron Siskind, Joseph Jachna, Arthur Siegel, and Wynn Bullock, who gave him his firsthand experience with “truly creative photographs.”
Around 1967, he attended the Art Institute of Chicago where he explored the figure by photographing his wife, Wendy, and making multiple image prints. This was the birthing of McCormack’s central theme of depicting the nude figure through various techniques and processes.
The Photography Center is featuring 10 of McCormack’s projects developed over the past 20 years, all concentrated on multiple facets of the figure. The variety embodied in this work demonstrates McCormack’s creative use of simple equipment and his mastery of chemical and digital processes. These projects include palladium and cyanotype diptychs, pattern, face scan, Lillith, photograms, novel Nimslo and Holga camera techniques, 4 × 4, and McCormack’s most noted and inimitable work with the pinhole camera.
The pinhole project was started in 1999 when McCormack started shooting with an oatmeal container. “The distortions of the round camera are constantly a surprise. I process the 8 × 10 inch B&W sheet film and scan the negative into the computer. I colorize the files in Photoshop by pulling curves seeking to make an expressive image. This project I have continued for 10 years and it still holds my interest.”
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Cheryl J. Gowie Merging Earth and Sky
A Look at the Past
Alla Kogan Under the Falls
Mark VanWormer Guatemala
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Robert Near Troy
Kate Bader Black Hat Dancer
|Composition Diane Reiner Hotel Movement||Documentary William Hetzer Left Overs|
Ice No. 1
A New Day
|Urban, Industrial Barry Jungulas
|Figure Study Robert Foss Maureen||Portrait
A Bad Man
|PhotoCenter Excellence Award||People's Choice
I Love You 2
Cheryl J. Gowie Merging Earth and Sky
Clark Seeley Morning Sunrise
Kate Bader Windmills, Holland
The images submitted for the Best of 2009 were truly outstanding, fulfilling the intention of the exhibit. We regret there is room to hang only 75 prints of the 350 images. However, all submitted images will be on continual rotation as a slide show.
Also featuring work by:
M-J L. Adelman, David Aimone, Jeffery Altman, Nicole Armstrong,
John Berninger, Joe Bledsoe, David Brickman, Bill Cornish, Thea Coughlin,
Chris Demarco, Thomas Drake, Craig P. Flood, Jay Freud,
Nancy Noble Gardner, George Gati, Harvey Gurien, Peter Harris,
Ray Henrickson, Connie Frisbee Houde, Tom Killips, Ottmar Klaas,
Gary Larsen, Juha-Matti Levasalmi, Corey Mackenzie, Heather Madeline,
Joe Marcuccio, Dan McCormack, John McKinley, Wendy McLaughlin,
Doug Mitchell, Kevin Mullen, Gail Nadeau, Dave Ozmon, Lynn Palmiter,
Jeff Perkins, John Petersen, Frank Rapant, Heidi Ricks, Ralph Rio,
Clark Seeley, Cynthia Smith, Sean Sullivan, Katherine Wardle,
Jasper Layne Wilson, Jake Winiski, Dale Winsor, and Elizabeth Zois
The Work of Susanna Bartoldus & Nicholas Walster
Susanna Bartoldus and Nicholas Walster, each in their individual style, express their personal history through evocative images and descriptive text.
Bartoldus's work revolves around the illustration of her philosophy and experiences. Within the borders of the image frame she selects a minimal number of symbolic objects which give the viewer psychological insights into events or feelings that have impacted her life. settings are simplified to basic essentials to convey the impressions of critical moments."When coupled with her accompanying prose, her graceful images give the viewer goosebumps; they are hauntingly gorgeous," says Katherine Wright, curator of the exhibition. Bartoldus' recent work explores several themes, including the subconscious as a physical place and her voice through the exploration and deconstruction of women in myth.
Walster's Personal Panoramas are a marriage of heirloom family photographs and his own dreamy images. They depict emotionally moving snippets of his life. "His delicate style is like unwrapping his mind and plucking out a vivid memory through a soft filter of time," says Wright.
"Peopled with my family, the death of my father, the birth of my daughter, acts of passion, scenes of splendor, the blooming and fermenting of nature, I see these works as a visual diary of a life lived without the physical presence of the previously familiar — but with its traces tattooed on my desires and as a token of my gratitude for the sense of being a part of something bigger than myself." — Nicholas Walster