Juror: Paula Tognarelli
Open 1/11 - 2/4/11 Artists Reception on 1/16/11 3-5PM
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The Arrangement Exhibit Image Slide show.
|The tradition of still-life as subject matter has roots deep into the
history of art, pre-dating photography as a medium by centuries
(Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman works in tile, tempura, and oils
among the first). Fine artists in all mediums, photography included,
benefited from the total control they had over the final piece; the art
making began with their arrangements of the mostly inanimate objects
they intended to represent. As Vermont Photo Space Gallery owner Ken
Signorello aptly points out, “…it is art squared, where one first
creates a work of art and then another to preserve it.”
The history of still life in Photography is as old as the medium
itself. Henry Talbot himself produced the first photographic images
using the inanimate objects of still life. In its earliest days,
utilizing still life as subject matter allowed for the lengthy exposures
necessary for its initial technologies. Later, in the early 1900s,
studies in line and form of object contributed to popular abstractions.
In the 1950s, still-life concentrated on the kitsch, and re-emerged in
the 90s after a few decades in obscurity, in perfect partnership with
the new trendy super-saturated film stock.
Overall, the genre has been largely ignored, despite periodic bouts of influence - surprising, for a photographic practice with so much potential. We are able to manipulate the most minute of details, from choice of object (natural, man-made, found, created), to placement, pick of equipment and film, processing and post-production techniques.
What is still life today? We want you to show us your arrangements, from advertising to record photography, the abstract to the obvious. Whether you are an amateur or professional, you may have experienced your still-life photographs as some of your favorite images – Juror Paula Tognarelli wants to see them.
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Juror: Paula Tognarelli
Paula Tognarelli is Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts. Opened in 1992, the Griffin Museum promotes an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional, and social impact. Tognarelli is constantly exposed to the ever-changing photographic landscape through the work of new and established contemporary photographers. We invite you to add your still-life work for observation from her vantage point.
As the juror for The Arrangement I used a broad brush in making final
selection choices for this exhibit. I loved the fact that many photographers
took creative liberties in interpreting the call and submitted work that moved
beyond the traditional still life. I tried to provide a variety of expressions
rather than favoring one particular style or methodology.
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