FOCUS 2012, 5th Annual Abstract Photography Exhibition, December 7, 2012 – January 12, 2013Posted on: Thursday, December 6th, 2012
December 7, 2012 – January 12, 2013
Artist Reception, December 8, 5 – 7 pm
First Friday, December 7 and January 4, 6 – 8:30 pm
FOCUS: 5th Annual Abstract Photography Exhibition presents works by seven artists at LGTripp Gallery. Each photographer approaches abstraction through their own unique lenses, yet they all reflect an inquisitive and contemplative nature.
In our visual culture, we all too often view a photograph as “reality.” However, despite appearances, it is by its very nature removed from the reality we see and feel. The camera is an image-maker and translator; filtering light through lenses, shutters and apertures. Through this mechanism objects are transformed and reinterpreted. By rejecting the myth of photography, the abstract artist embraces the medium’s full potential. A camera is to them a creative tool for expression, exploration and creation. They are not tethered to the physical world, but are free to make new emotional and physical landscapes more akin to painting than to photojournalism.
Barresse’s work is introspective; simultaneously exploring the world and the self. In her recent work, Barresse allows her atmospheric images to shift between playful and brooding moods. Photographs like Below, balance tensions of fluidity and density to create landscapes that feel just as much at home in the expanses of the cosmos as in the microscopic world of the petri dish.
Cushman’s works relies on process. Crushed aluminum foil is given new life as it is transformed into something more monumental. The folds of material glow with the reflection of the artist. Light sumptuously moves across the folds and surface as if they are mountains or red-hot magma. There is a tension to these “landscapes” as if to suggest the turbulent grinding of emotions or of tectonic plates.
In Inman’s Book series, the artist draws her inspiration from the little details that are often overlooked. In works like Untitled #35 sinuous watermarks on a book are transformed into what feels like an abstract painting. Inman’s lens draws out beauty from imperfection, celebrates the physicality of the book as a subject unto its self. In this way, an intimate connection is made between viewer and image.
Kennedy celebrates the camera as a means of mark making, and uses it like a painter would use paint. In his Photo Luminism series, the artist explores one of the most basic elements of photography; light. Using a single exposure, Kennedy’s ethereal compositions whimsically dance light across the picture plane creating new abstractions of light and form.
Saga Moor’s work is about internal perspective and connection. His recent photographs reverberate an intensity and at times a sensuality. In high contrast works like Lightbulb, light, glass and plastic visually melt becoming almost liquid.
Porter’s photographs demonstrate a curiosity and love of the city around him. By abstracting and cropping the everyday Porter redeems the urban landscape. The inquisitive nature of his work invites the audience to investigate decontextualized vignettes of vivid color, rough texture and geometric shape.
Sacks’ photography reflects a love of light and texture. With a mastery of light and dark, Sacks creates rich, but ambiguous landscapes. The high contrast of light seems to drip off of the picture plane and evokes the sumptuous work of photographer Edward Weston.