Saturday, January 11th – Sunday, February 9th, 2014
Carriage Barn Arts Center
Waveny Park, New Canaan
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11th, 6 -8 pm
Contact: email@example.com / 203-972-1895
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm; Sunday, 1 – 5pm
Photography with a Twist at the Carriage Barn Arts Center
Who knew that photography could be so interactive? One area of focus of the Carriage Barn’s 34th Annual Photography Show is innovative presentation and process. Noteworthy techniques were of particular interest to the Juror Laura Einstein and Co-Directors Arianne Kolb and Eleanor Flatow. Einstein was a Curator of Chinese Art at Yale University and is now an independent curator and consultant, who also works at the Glass House and Silvermine Art Guild.
You can literally twist and turn Carrie Brady’s interactive photo montage consisting of three images on aluminum panel mounted as a triptych. The viewer can rotate the photos 360 degrees to create different presentations. Using this innovative technique, Brady empowers the viewer to become involved in the creative process. Her non-static approach is also displayed in her large collage of nine 12 x 12 in. aluminum prints, which can be interchanged and rotated, thereby altering the overall effect.
The lenticular photos by Miggs Burroughs act as prisms and change as the viewer shifts position. One moment you see a specific person and the next you see a completely different person or image. In 1692, a French painter named Bois-Clair invented the lenticular process, which allowed him to display two pieces of art within one frame. Burroughs merges two digital photos into one, using 30 stripes to the inch, and then laminates it with an optical plastic that has 30 grooves to the inch. “I am intrigued by all the changes and transitions – large and small, real and imagined – that are part of our daily lives. The lenticular process allows me to explore these experiences in a fresh and somewhat cinematic way.”
Many of the photographs in the exhibition incorporate mixed media and present various experimental processes. Hans Neleman’s Self-Portrait with a Tulip incorporates acetate, wood and oil paint. His portraiture reflects his interest in Old Masters, such as Rembrandt. This Dutch-born artist, who is based in New York and New Canaan, is an award-winning commercial and artistic photographer as well as the founder of WINk magazine. Gavin Benjamin also shares the sensibilities and layering techniques of Old Masters by sealing his photographs with multiple layers of polyurethane, providing his work with a luscious painterly effect. Martie Mackay’s large photographs of a tree bark and peonies are printed on canvas, which also give them a painted quality. Phyllis Sinrich’s photos of mannequins printed on aluminum have a super glossy and luminous quality, heightening the artificiality of the subject matter. The hand-made paper of Marjorie Tomchuk’s photo collage provides the piece with a wonderful texture. One’s eye is also drawn to the jewel-like quality of Hal Schwartz’s platinum palladium prints stem from his application of 24k gold leaf.
The exhibition, which will also feature photos by talented high school students, is generously sponsored by Bankwell, Wholefoods Market of Darien, Playland Nursery School, New Canaan Wine Merchants, and Karl Chevrolet. Awards will be announced at the Opening Reception on January 11th.
Three photography workshops for children ages 8-12 will be offered by Carrie Brady on the following three Sundays from 2- 3:30 pm on January 12, 19, 26. Playland Nursery School is sponsoring these workshops, which will be held at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. The fee is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Space is limited and reservations are required- firstname.lastname@example.org. 203-972-1895.
On January 28th, from 9:30 – 12, an iPhone workshop for adults will also be offered by Julie Stauffer, whose work is also in the show. The fee is $40 per person and reservations are required.