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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.

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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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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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PAUL-JUDE GUILLAUME

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

Gretjen Helene – Cuba : In Form

We have yet another wonderful exhibition now open in the galleries!  Gretjen Helene, a Boston local, is sharing her work documenting the people and culture of Cuba.  I’ve attached a wonderfully written PDF by Justin Wright Hargesheimer regarding her work HERE.  Make sure to come by the gallery and see the work for yourself!  The show will run through February 24th.  Here is a sample of some of her work:

Amy Theiss Giese: Concealed at first at last I appear

New work is up in the gallery!

This week opened Amy Theiss Giese’s exhibition of new site specific work.  Giese uses a unique process of directly recording light onto black and white photographic paper to make large scale installation environments.  The opening was Wednesday evening, and she will be giving an artist talk next Thursday, Dec 8th at 6pm in the gallery.  Here are some detail views of the work:

 

 

Gallery Director, Erin Carey writes:

Amy Theiss Giese’s skiagrams (shadow drawings) investigate how the most basic photographic method, light recorded onto paper, can reveal overlooked interior moments. Embedded in each drawing is an abstracted compression of an experience: The weather, the hand of the artist and the interior space of the room itself. Reminencent of Fox Talbot’s initial photographic explorations, these singular images compel vital questions.

About the Artist: Giese recently completed an M.F.A in photography from Parson School of Design with honors in 2009. She received her B.A. from Amherst College, majoring in Fine Arts, and is also a graduate of The New England School of Photography. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally including the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, the Visual Arts Center of NJ, Arnold & Sheila Aronson Gallery in NYC, the Sydney College of the Arts galleries and Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT.

To learn more about Amy, please visit her website at:

www.amygiese.com

Ruin – Brian Vanden Brink

Eldorado, Maryland, 1996

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Brian Vanden Brink

October 3 – November 19, 2011

Reception: October 12, 2011 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

In this body of work, Brian Vanden Brink examines rural, industrial, post-industrial, and abandoned architecture and its relationship to the landscape. There he discovers a fascinating world of shapes, textures, spatial relationships and history:  “I love to photograph how and where we live, seeing in our architecture an expression of what we value.”

About the Artist: Brian Vanden Brink was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1951 and began his career in photography there.  He moved to Maine in 1978 where he built an award-winning career in architectural photography for the last three decades. His work has been featured widely in a variety of design and consumer publications such as Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Boston Globe Magazine, Coastal Living, Dwell, Design New England, Down East, Maine Home + Design, New England Home, New York Times Magazine, Photo District News, and View Camera Magazine.  In addition, he has published several monographs such as Ruin and his latest publication Porch. Brian currently lives in Camden with his wife Kathleen and teaches workshops at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, ME.

 

Roadside Chapel, St. James Parish, Louisiana, 1999

Ruins, Ashford Mill, California

This Russia

This Russia

Irina Rozovsky

April 18, 2011 – June 3, 2011

Reception: April 20, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

In the summer of 2008, Irina returned to Russia for the first time since she and her family left exactly twenty years before. To Irina, Moscow was wrapped in a haze that rose like a mirage. These photographs describe a place both real and imagined by years of absence and the disorientation of being a stranger in a familiar land.  These images look for what has been left behind and disconnected—This Russia—its crumbling buildings, searching faces—its fairytale drenched in redeeming, yellow light, nostalgia tinged with harsh reality.

About the Artist: Irina Rozovsky (b. 1981, Moscow) immigrated to the United in 1988.  She received a BA in French and Spanish Literature from Tufts University and an MFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art.  Her works has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at the New York Photo Festival (2008), Rencontres at Arles, France (2009), 31 Women in Photography curated by Charlotte Cotton (2010), PhotoEspana (2010), Exposure at the Photographic Resource Center (2010), and at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (2010).  She was the 2009 finalist of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant and the 2010 finalist of the Magnum Expression Award.  Her first monograph One to Nothing was recently published by Kehrer Verlag (2011).  Irina teaches photography at Art Institute of Boston and at the International Center of Photography, New York.