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Luis Brens | ‘Mis Momentos en Cuba’ at The Garner Center


Exhibition Runs: January 5, 2015 through February 14, 2015
Artist Reception: Wednesday, January 14th, 5pm – 7pm

LUISBRENSHIREZ1 Boston based photographer, professor and mixed media artist, Luis Brens, captures the vibrant street life of Cuba in this intimate essay on the rhythms of the street. Avenues lined in weathered architecture provide a backdrop for the pictures as we discover classic cars, youth culture and flamboyant personalities engaging us at every turn.

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Luis moved to Boston in 1990 and earned a BFA in Photography and Printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He works as both a professor and commercial photographer and his work has been featured in Vogue, Boston Common and Boston Magazine. Luis currently teaches at both Northeastern University and The New England School of Photography.LUISBRENSHIREZ2

 Meet the artist on Wednesday, January 14th 5pm -7pm!

The Garner Center is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The gallery is located at 537 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston on the second floor of the New England School of Photography.

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Celestial Navigation: Keith Johnson

Exhibition Run: Monday, February 24 – April 4, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5-7pm

Salter Nova webCelestial Navigation is a large-scale photographic investigation that began as a response to a painting by Rebecca Salter at British Art Center and grew into a suite of gridded images about the night sky. Photographer Keith Johnson’s interest turned towards what happens when a photograph of ordinary, regular, every day stuff takes on a different meaning, looks different and even becomes something else: an image.

“My take is that the longer involvement allows for serendipity and image to enter into the experience both mine and the viewers. These pictures are about an AHA! Moment. I would see some surface and look at it for a while intrigued when the roof or the chrysanthemums or the snow sort of tugged on my coat tail and said “Hey you, pay attention.” I found myself saying, “OK I get it. And got to work.”

The images on view detail extended and in depth investigations of singular subjects transformed through seeing. Letting go of narrative, these visually enveloping grids construct new realities to entice the mind and the eye.

Keith Johnson received his MFA from RISD studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind following a year at Visual Studies Workshop with Nathan Lyons. Ten years of teaching led to a move to the business side of photography after completing an MBA. He supports his fine art making as a sales consultant in the northeast and is on the summer faculty at Penland School of Crafts, VSW, and Maine Media Workshop, and thesis mentor at SVA in NY and AIB in Boston.

Recent solo shows include Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA; CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY; FotoFest, Houston, TX; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; New England School of Photography, Boston, MA; Panopticon Gallery,  Boston, MA; Nelson Hancock Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Wall Space Gallery, Seattle, WA, and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT.

Collections include RISD, George Eastman House, and Center for Creative Photography.  He is a recipient of two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships and Residencies at Light Work and Visual Studies Workshop, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT.

Catching Up: Gretjen Helene

p2p-logo2011 Garner Center Featured Artist Gretjen Helene is one of 18 exhibiting artists participating in From Paper to Pixels, a collaboration between traditional and new media artists to create unique, interactive experiences:

‘Of the Egg In the Heart’ has been reinvigorated through this collaborative process with my new friend, Jamie Kosoy of Brooklyn, New York. We spent time online and in person through August exploring the capabilities and limitations of both the tangible and in-tangible mediums we both brought to the work. Together we took the original conceptual and structural basis of this piece and brought the figures inside to life. By incorporating real-time video/projection media we want to bring you, the viewer, into the intimate interior of the eggshell to meet another person inside. Your experience depends on your interaction and her reaction might give you startle.

Opening Reception: November 21, 5-7pm
Exhibition Open through January 17, 2014
Suffolk University Gallery, 75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA

 

Phillip Jones: Selected Photographs

Exhibition: November 5 – December 20, 2013
Artist Reception: Wednesday November 13, 5-7pm

Currently on view at the Garner Center, Phillip Jones’ investigations of transition, construction and progress in the urban landscape. Phillip’s ethereal and energetic scenes take use across America and Europe stealthily by night, leaving no stone unturned. His squares, subtle yet poignant, respond to the relationship between architecture and societal values. The often overlooked or undiscovered vantages are magically brought to life through operatic silver gelatin prints not to be missed!

Biography:

Phillip Jones was bon in 1951 in the metropolitan Washington DC area. His father was an Academy award-winning filmmaker and his mother operated an art gallery in Dupont Circle.

He studied at the Corcoran School of Art, Antioch College and Cooper Union.

In the early 70’s he worked in the television industry. His short film Secrets won numerous awards and was exhibited at the Whitney  and Hirschhon Museums. In 1979 he became a free-lance artist working both in set design for opera and medical illustration.

In 1990 Phillip and his wife  moved to Boston as he began exhibiting his photographic work. He has been exhibited at the DeCordova Museum, the Fuller Museum, the Lafayette Museum, the Hunter Museum, the Athenaeum, the Boston Public Library, the Boston Center for the Arts, the Federal Reserve Gallery, the Cesium Gallery and Chatham Gallery with fourteen solo exhibits at his primary venue; the Mercury Gallery.

His work is in numerous collections including the DeCordova Museum, the Athenaeum, the Boston Public Library, Pfizer, Fidelity Investments, Putnam Investments, Accenture, Banana Republic, Levi Strauss, Raytheon, Goldman Sachs and The Four Seasons.

He currently splits his time between Boston and Atlanta.

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Extended Hours

The Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions is now open on Thursdays from 9a-5p in addition to Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

From now until May 31st, view Thad Russell: Promised Land.

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Promised Land is a quiet and curious investigation of the contemporary American landscape, “in all of its beauty, perversity and pathos.”  Thad Russell has spent the last 10 years photographing from Las Vegas to the Central Valley of California, the Mojave Desert to Southern Florida, examining what he describes as “locations of the American Dream.”

Up next at the Garner Center: Graduate Exhibition, Class of 2013.

The Garner Center is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The gallery is located at 537 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston on the second floor of the New England School of Photography.

Thad Russell: Promised Land

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Exhibition: April 15, 2013 – May 31, 2013
Artist Reception: Wednesday, April 24   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Promised Land is a quiet and curious investigation of the contemporary American landscape, “in all of its beauty, perversity and pathos.”  Thad Russell has spent the last 10 years photographing from Las Vegas to the Central Valley of California, the Mojave Desert to Southern Florida, examining what he describes as “locations of the American Dream.”  This poignant exhibit touches on issues of land use and resource management in the ever changing façade of the American landscape, exposing a dichotomy between the American myth and American reality.

Thad Russell is a graduate of Stanford University and The Rhode Island School of Design, where he received his M.F.A. His work has been published in notable publications such as the London Observer, Los Angeles Times Magazine and New York Magazine.

The Garner Center is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The gallery is located at 537 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston on the second floor of the New England School of Photography.

Dina Kantor: Finnish & Jewish

Dina Kantor: Finnish & Jewish

Exhibition runs: February 25, 2013 – April 12, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

New York based photographer Dina Kantor investigates the ways photography contributes to the construction of identity and community, recording cultural signifiers and traditions of small Jewish communities in Finland, a country with only two synagogues. In a nation of 5.3 million people, the photographer asks: “How do 1,500 Jews maintain their cultural identity?” Her portraits reveal a hybridized, modern family life.

Today’s society is increasingly complex and multi-cultural. As our heritages blend, our identities are no longer definable by a generic social stereotype of community, but by our unique experiences and backgrounds.” – Dina Kantor

Dina Kantor lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2007 and her BA from the University of Minnesota in 1999. She teaches photography at SVA, ICP and Adelphi University. Her work is included in the permanent collections of The Jewish Museum in New York, the Portland Art Museum and the Southeast Museum of Photography. She is one of the recipients of the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship for 2012.

Meet the artist at the Opening Reception on Thursday, March 7 from 6pm – 8pm!

The Garner Center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The gallery is located at 537 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston on the second floor of the New England School of Photography.

Jerry Reed: Paper Work

Jerry Reed: Paper Work

Exhibition runs: January 7, 2013 – February 22, 2013
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 16 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Nationally exhibited artist Jerry Reed presents selected works of minimal black and white photography positing questions on the relationship between performance and the document.

Using simple tools of paper and studio lighting, Reed composes meditative visual haiku, elevating a simple line quality reminiscent of abstract expression masters. The elegance of his work derives from its frank relationship to nature, structure and design itself.

Meet the artist at the Opening Reception on Wednesday, January 16 from 6pm – 8pm!

The Garner Center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The gallery is located at 537 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston on the second floor of the New England School of Photography.

Paul-Jude Guillaume at The Garner Center

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Exhibition Runs: November 12 – December 14, 2012
Reception: November 14, 2012   6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Working with found and appropriate images, MFA candidate Paul-Jude Guillaume is working through ideas of memory and loss as he navigates a world slipping out of reach. The large format color images reference painting, bringing the hand of the artist into the images, evoking melancholic and romantic ideas of past, painted over a experience we cannot ever truly know yet somehow feels familiar.

 Join us next week and meet the artist at the Opening Reception on Wednesday, Nov 14 from 6pm – 8pm

Opening Reception: Faculty Exhibition 2012

Thursday, October 4th from 5 – 6:30pm, the Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions Presents:
The 2012 Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception

View the work of 15 artists and professionals currently teaching in the New England School of Photography full-time program, spanning commercial and artist disciplines.  The diversity of this exhibition speaks to the range of aesthetics, techniques and mediums employed by the photographers in their professional and personal endeavors beyond the classroom.

Scroll down for a full list of participating artists.

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This year’s exhibition features work by:

Luis Brens
Erin Carey
Caleb Cole
Glen Cooper
Ron Cowie
Bruno Debas
William Franson
Amy Thiess Geise
Martha S. Hassell
Michael Hintlian
Sue Anne Hodges
Nick Johnson
Laura Pineda
Stephen Sheffield
Dana Smith
Keitaro Yoshioka