Juror: Amy Arbus
The self-portrait has been a popular form of expression ever since we first saw our own reflection. Like Narcissus, it's often the case that we need not look beyond the tip of our own nose for a muse worth capturing.
Since the fifteenth century and the advent of the mirror artists have modeled for themselves in their own works of art. Whether it is an in-depth exploration of the artist’s own psyche or simply because as a model, the artist is clearly the cheapest and most available. Whatever the reason, nearly every artist in every medium has attempted this exploration of self.
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Exhibit Opens:||9 October 14|
|Artists' Reception:||31 October 14 17:30|
|Exhibit Closes:||2 November 14|
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
Self portraits can be fraught. They can expose something other than what the artist intended. The most successful portraits submitted to Mirror, Mirror I suspect, did just that. They dealt with pregnancy, death, rebirth, violence, fear, heartbreak, loneliness, the supernatural, sexual identity, falling in and out of love, loss of virginity, and ironically, the loss of self. The camera allows a kind of scrutiny that can show one how they feel, whether it be conscious or not
The less effective pictures submitted, tackled some fascinating ideas like wrestling with ones self, being ones own grandfather, and hiding from ones self, but the ideas were stronger than the images.
The weakest pictures were over-produced, over-photo shopped, mixed media, shadows and reflections, snapshots, and jokes that weren’t funny.
In almost all cases I found that the titles of the photographs were too literal. They tried to explain what the artist was suffering which had the deleterious effect of making me, the viewer, feel that the mystery was gone. Good titles are always challenging to find, but without them we aren’t free to have our own interpretations which can be myriad.
|The Pathologizers, 2|
|self-portrait with a mirror|
|Mary M. |
|At the edge of light|
|The Path Around the Path|
|In a Torrent of Tribulations|
|Incipit : Marianne|
|The broken woman|
|Seven years! Only seven years!|
|"Why do you have to kill me after taking my virginity?"-Mirror|
|I would like to keep this clandestine|
|Smoke Portrait #1|
|Chair Portrait #5|
|I shot myself|
|Window to the Soul|
|Where It Hurts|
|"Inside Looking Out"|
|Walking On Eggshells|
|The Root to All Evil|
|Let Us Be Free|
|Frankie Cicero -mugshots series|
- 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.