December 6, 2013 – January 18, 2014
Artist Reception, Saturday, December 14, 5 – 7 pm
First Fridays, December 6 and January 3, 6 – 8:30 pm
LGTripp Gallery is pleased to announce Focus 2013, an exhibition of seven artists utilizing the camera as a medium for abstraction and exploration.
“I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term — meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching — there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.”
– Ansel Adams, American Annual of Photography (1944)
In our modern lives we are constantly bombarded by image in almost every part of our lives from our inboxes to our morning commute. We are a culture that has fully embraced the relative ease and accessibility of digital image, but perhaps to the cost of photography itself. Have images lost some of their value now that photography is so easy? Once magical and prized are photographs now banal? With endless clamoring visual voices, how does the photographer distinguish the work let alone create something that stands out as art?
For many artists the answer is simple; hold onto the wonder of the camera and allow the lenses to be a tool for discovery and rediscovery. For those artists, photography is an investigation, a grappling of ideas, moments and light. If done successfully, this new generation of photographers will seduce viewers to take a pause in their bustling visual life to reflect on something that feels new; transforming the everyday into something fresh and intimate.