Juror: Dave Jordano
Juror's Choice: Shooting Dirt by Jimmy Fike
We create spectacle of our personal environments as an extension of our selves, our souls. We are also compelled to photograph the object-evidence of these lives lived. Have you captured images of the human artifact? Images that show the spaces and things that outfit our personal or private lives? Vermont Photo Space Gallery wants to see these images. ....Images that illustrate the personality, pastime, position of an individual through their things? A trophy wall, taxidermy collection, corner shrine, garden retreat. A bottle collection, bowl of matchbooks, box of love letters. The messages we write on walls, carve in trees, mark on the door frame, post in the tree house... From backyard junkyards, to attic hideouts and basement retreats, we mark our territories with the stuff, the evidence, of our lives. Whether you are documenting the neighbor’s chattels or the abandoned remains of a home left behind, we are looking for images that evidence human artifact.
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Exhibit Opens:||7 February 11|
|Artists' Reception:||13 February 11 15:23|
|Exhibit Closes:||3 March 11|
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The photographic documentation of personal object is as old as the medium itself and it has become a contemporary obsession for some. Roger Ballen, Eugene Richards, William Eggleston, Takashi Homma and our Juror, Dave Jordano are among the ranks of photographers documenting human artifact. The subject matter is a collision of cultural anthropology, pop culture, domesticity, documentary, realism and perhaps sentimentality. By photographically documenting personal relic we prove the universality of the personal, we find connections and we share intimacies.
Being the juror for the Human Artifact exhibit has been a richly rewarding experience for me, and one that I didn’t take lightly, though admittedly with a slight bit of trepidation, this being my first curatorial duties as a judge. Judging the work of several individuals while trying to create a collective whole is the ultimate goal of an exhibit that speaks with a voice that deals with a particular set of parameters. Much of the work submitted for this competition was of a high caliber, thoughtfully executed, intelligent, and visually strong, making the selection process a difficult one and even that much harder. My hat goes off to everyone who submitted.
The first impression I make when looking at a photograph is deciding if it is visually appealing. If a picture has compositionally weak attributes, then no matter what the intent is, it won’t carry as strong a message or hold my attention as much as a picture made with an experienced, mature, finely crafted vision. Secondly, I search for the reason the picture was made and decipher what the photographer is trying to say through their particular visual language. Is there meaningful, sensitive thought behind what they are trying to communicate, and if so, were they successful? Thirdly, does the image have lasting appeal, something that I crave to return to again and again for inspiration and enjoyment? And last is technical execution. Did the artist use the right tools to interpret and create their work?
Human Artifact deals not so much with human beings as much as it deals with being human, and in doing so the images in this show may be absent of people, but they are not without the feeling of human presence, influence, and their undeniable existence. These images are quiet, contemplative observations about the movement of our lives and how our presence leaves lasting marks by what we do. While selecting work for the show I was surprised by the many different varied themes that were beginning to emerge, which included, but were not limited to, images about the environment, politics, geographical location, historical reference, social issues, family and relatives, domesticity, and culture. Each providing a showcase for the artist’s personal vision in relation to what they considered important to the documentation of the human artifact. In my estimation, the Juror’s Choice Award was selected because it resonated with more than a few of the themes mentioned.
|Robert Frost's Kitchen|
|Interior of a Serbian woman's home in Kosovo.|
|Interior of a Roma woman's home in Kosovo.|
|Blue Plastic Room, Winston-Salem, NC|
|Ruined Education (Once Upon a Time... A School)|
|Traces 1999 & 2010|
|Traces 1999 & 2010 (1)|
|Below the Surface|
|January 1st |
|The Secretary Deluxe.|
|Aunt MIldred's Bedroom|
|The accumulation of a day|
|DETAIL FROM AN ABANDONED VW COMBI VAN IN A NORTHCOTE FRONT YARD|
|Untitled, 2008, from the series |
|Untitled, 2008, from the series |
|Still-life of Cupboard (Edition 1/10)|
|Books Of The Past|
|From Within, Unearthing a Past|
|His and Hers|
|Traces of the past - The home of my grandparents|
|South Cushman, Fairbanks, Alaska|
|Mom (Still-Life Portrait)|
|Class of 1989|
|Welcome to Spideyville|
|Fuzhou, China, 2010|
Juror: Dave Jordano
Dave Jordano received a BFA in Photography from the College of Creative Studies in 1974. Since 1977 he has been working as a professional commercial Photographer from his studio in Chicago, Illinois. It is his fine art imagery that will compel you to submit your work for jury into “Human Artifact.” Jordano has been recording cultural and societal identities extensively through Fellowship and as Curator’s Choice (Houston Center for Photography), Critical Mass finalist, Wright State University sponsorship recipient, and Chicago Cultural Center exhibitor. Twice published, his work is also found in private, corporate and museum collections, including in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art in Evanston, Illinois. Jordano continues an extensive investment into the documentary series “Prairieland”, focusing on rural Illinois. We are proud to offer the inspiration from such work and Dave Jordano as your Juror for “Human Artifact.”