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We Are Family

Artists Reception June 7th 2013 5:30PM - Visit the Essex Community Farmers Market and then the Gallery!
Juror: Chris Verene 

"Almost Home" Juror's Choice by Todd Danforth South Weymouth, Massachusetts USASay cheese! Capture the characters that make your family truly one-of a-kind.

Images of the intimate moments between your most familiar familiars. The random snapshots of your kin's kooky happenings. These are the people who know you best, use this thread of familiarity that binds you for artistic creation and freedom. This exhibit is aimed to be a celebration of the many definitions of family; how the societal constructs defining family are ever evolving and changing. You know that old

Exhibit Calendar (subject to change)
Submissions Close 27-Apr-13 Midnight EST
Juror' Choices Announced by 30-Apr-13
On-Line Check-in Due 13-May-13
Work Receipt Deadline 27-May-13
Exhibit Opens 30-May-13
Artists Reception 7-June-13 5:50-7:30
Exhibit Closes 23-June-2013

We Are Family
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The Darkroom Gallery Difference

saying, "You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family." We are looking to choose your unchosen!




Juror's Statement:

In 1991, I was a young man and an artist at twenty-one years old. I remember being thrilled to see images in a major museum catalog, "The Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort," (MoMA), that looked somewhat like my own: color art photographs, somewhat amateur, somewhat professional, full of sincerity and an interest in making every day personal family moments into something extraordinary. Not only was I encouraged to see work like mine in a book, but I had made tens of thousands of similar works before I had even achieved the legal drinking age, and that book made me think that I might be accepted and understood in my lifetime. Further, Galassi's book seemed to define a new genre of American photography, my own kind: a genre that now countless students and artists and educators refer to as an established mode of art-making in both hemispheres. With the advent of "We Are Family," at Darkroom Gallery, it is once again encouraging to see such good and meaningful artwork being produced that addresses topics that are near to my heart.

Chris Verene


Almost Home
Juror's Choice

Todd Danforth
South Weymouth, Massachusetts USA
Boy, Injected
Honorable Mention

Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA
At Table (Rachel's 40th)
Honorable Mention

Glenna Jennings
Dayton, OH USA

Sundays on Corley Street-FAMILY SECRETS Series
Honorable Mention

Laurie McCormick
Los Angeles, CA USA
Bliss Boys 2
People's Choice

Denise Trotier Johnson
Williston, VT USA
Just Married

Alyx Lyons
Burlington, VT USA

Wounded, Marked, Stitched

Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA
The Bather

Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA
@75

Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA

Summer's Idyll

Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA
Mom and Nana

Ariel Marie
Wynne, AR USA
Reading, Lilburn, GA

Benita VanWinkle
Winston-Salem, NC USA

Freshman Rant

Brian Van de Wetering
Los Angeles, California USA
Hug Tightly

Daniel Peters
Brattleboro, VT USA
Bliss Boys 1

Denise Trotier Johnson
Williston, VT USA

Generations

Edith Dora Rey
Montreal, Quebec Canada
Mom and Dad in a lavender field

Emmanuel Tissot
Jericho, VT USA
Picking wild flowers with Grand-Ma

Emmanuel Tissot
Jericho, VT USA

Christmas Morning

Evelyn Nodwell
Vancouver, BC Canada
At Table (Susie and mom)

Glenna Jennings
Dayton, OH USA
Memory Lapse II_Odette and Kim_Breakfast

Jenny Papalexandris
Kiama Heights, NSW Australia

Sisters

kate t. parker
roswell, ga USA
Growth

kate t. parker
roswell, ga USA
Goal

kate t. parker
roswell, ga USA

Mom and Dave

Kristen Sweeney
melville, ny USA
Dave and Mom

Kristen Sweeney
melville, ny USA
My Father's Ashes

Kristen Sweeney
melville, ny USA

Uncle through Adoption

Kristen Sweeney
melville, ny USA
Signs of Divorce-FAMILY SECRETS Series

Laurie McCormick
Los Angeles, CA USA
Hiding from Ralph-FAMILY SECRETS Series

Laurie McCormick
Los Angeles, CA USA

A real Dad plus three

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
Bus Family, M5 Series

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
Family Ties

Marian Rubin
Montclair, NJ USA

Moment of Sisters

Ordi Calder
Cuiaba, Mato Grosso Brazil
On the couch

Patricia de Ocio Dudley
Austin, TX USA
Morning boys

Patricia de Ocio Dudley
Austin, TX USA

Constanza

Patricia de Ocio Dudley
Austin, TX USA
Mother and Daughter - Barcelona, Spain

Paul Adrian Davies
New York, NY USA
Pauline Lamb (Mama)

Savannah Jaye
Savannah, Georgia USA

Preparandose para el Dia de los Muertos

Shannon Smith
Tucson, AZ USA
horseplay

Sharon Kain
Draper, UT USA
The Reading Room

Suzi Grossman
Medford, Massachusetts USA

Nighttime

Tira Khan
Newton, MA USA
Flypaper

Todd Danforth
South Weymouth, Massachusetts USA
Cousins

Tytia Habing
Watson, IL USA

The Bad Kind

Tytia Habing
Watson, IL USA
That Look

Tytia Habing
Watson, IL USA
Sleeping Beauties

Zulfiker Ali
Brownsville, TX USA


  • All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.
  • Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition and a free exhibition catalog.
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition.
  • People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
  • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.

Juror: Chris Verene

Chris Verene has been photographing three generations of his family, since 1984, in Galesburg, Illinois, a small town in the Midwest.  Verene has been called a natural storyteller, focusing on the whole intimate truth of human narratives.  Verene's work is in numerous major museum collections, and in 2001, was the first photographer to receive a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship.  He has been published in several books, including his 2000 self-titled monograph by Twin Palms Press, and a Phaidon photography history entitled, Theater of the Face, Portrait Photography Since 1900.  Verene is also a filmmaker and musician.  ARTFORUM praised Verene as "depicting people with a combination of respect and clarity."  Last year Verene's work was exhibited at The Tate Modern, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Walker Art Center.  His new photography book, "Family," will accompany a traveling solo exhibition throughout the United States in from 2010-2013. Verene is represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York City.  Verene lives and works in New York City, and is currently working on stills and a feature documentary motion picture entitled, "The Self-Esteem Salon."

In 1991, I was a young man and an artist at twenty-one years old.  I remember being thrilled to see images in a major museum catalog, "The Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort," (MoMA), that looked somewhat like my own: color art photographs, somewhat amateur, somewhat professional, full of sincerity and an interest in making every day personal family moments into something extraordinary.  Not only was I encouraged to see work like mine in a book, but I had made tens of thousands of similar works before I had even achieved the legal drinking age, and that book made me think that I might be accepted and understood in my lifetime.  Further, Galassi's book seemed to define a new genre of American photography, my own kind: a genre that now countless students and artists and educators refer to as an established mode of art-making in both hemispheres.  With the advent of "We Are Family," at Darkroom Gallery, it is once again encouraging to see such good and meaningful artwork being produced that addresses topics that are near to my heart.

Chris Verene

 

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