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Mirror, Mirror

EXHIBIT OPENS ON October 9th, 2014
Artists' Reception scheduled for October 31st, 2014

Juror: Amy Arbus

 Juror's Choice: "The Pathologizers, 2" by Maureen Price

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 have attempted this exploration of self.

Exhibit Calendar (subject to change)
Submissions Close 3-Sep-14 Midnight EST
Juror' Choices Announced by 11-Sep-14
On-Line Check-in Due 17-Sep-14
Work Receipt Deadline 6-Oct-14
Exhibit Opens 9-Oct-14
Artists Reception 31-Oct-14 (wear a mask)
Exhibit Closes 2-Nov-14

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Show us your most creative self-portraits, ones that capture your true essence. Or your multitude of alter egos? In this age of self promotion and moment-by-moment self curation, the "selfie" is becoming a honed craft. We are interested in how this trend interacts with contemporary photography. Does your work shun or embrace such popular demand? Or is it inspired by the greats: Frida Kahlo, Jan van Eyck, Cindy Sherman, Van Gogh, Chuck Close and Vivian Maier are only a few of the artists that have made and left their mark though creative self-portraiture. How will you leave yours?

 

Juror's Statement:

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.

Amy Arbus


The Pathologizers, 2
Juror's Choice

Maureen Price
Glendale, CA USA
Torn
Honorable Mention

Alice
Mountain View, CA USA
Prospect
Honorable Mention

Rachael Banks
Little Elm, TX USA

Ajitter 3
Honorable Mention

Russ Rowland
NY, NY USA
Ajitter 5
Honorable Mention

Russ Rowland
NY, NY USA
Untitled Selfportrait

Anna Eroshenko
Boston, MA USA

self-portrait with a mirror

Anna Eroshenko
Boston, MA USA
Portrait 3

Anton Trofymov
Brooklyn, NY USA
Untitled

Ashley Cummings
Rio Rancho, New Mexico USA

Mary M.

Ashley Feagin
Albion, MI USA
At the edge of light

Babak Pejman Aryan
Austin, Texas USA
Big Brother

Brian Swift
New York, NY United States

In a Torrent of Tribulations

Candi S. Kalinsky
Bellevue, Nebraska USA
The Path Around the Path

Candi S. Kalinsky
Bellevue, Nebraska USA
Let Us Be Free

Clementine 28 years old
Manchester, UK

Incipit : Marianne

Coralie Fournier-Moris
Nantes, France
Athens, 2012

Costantino Pittas
Zouberi N. Makri, Attiki Greece
The broken woman

Émili Bermúdez
Tenerife - Islas Canarias, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain

Framed Self-Portrait

Eric Rennie
Cromwell, CT USA
Bird Tree

Erika Masterson
Satellite beach, Fl USA
Tranquility

Erika Masterson
Satellite beach, Fl USA

Seven years! Only seven years!

Glenna Jennings
Dayton, OH USA
"Why do you have to kill me after taking my virginity?"-Mirror

Guanyu Xu
Chicago, IL USA
I would like to keep this clandestine

Hazel Davies
Yateley, Hampshire UK

Ghostly Presence

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA
Winter

Katherine C. Clayton
Hoopeston, IL USA
Dinner

Katherine C. Clayton
Hoopeston, IL USA

Chair Portrait #5

Leif Carlson
Savannah, GA USA
Smoke Portrait #1

Leif Carlson
Savannah, GA USA
Icarus

Linda Wilson
South Bend, IN USA

I shot myself

Ludwig Desmet
Ronse, Belgium
Window to the Soul

Lukasz Snopkiewicz
Solihull, West Midlands United Kingdom
In Love

Magda Lates
Paris, France

Where It Hurts

María Alejandra Mata
Brighton, MA USA
"Inside Looking Out"

Marianne Smith Dalton
Cazenovia, NY USA
Walking On Eggshells

Mark S. Zimmerman
Jacksonville, FL USA

Uncertainty

Megan Dill
West Point, NY USA
Pink Petty Coat, from Antiquated Truths series

Natalie Barbosa
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil
Blustery Day

Natassia Doubleoseven
Green Valley, AZ USA

Rebirth

Nicholas Abriola
Bethany, CT USA
Ad Lucem

Patricia Christakos
Cazenovia, New York USA
Red Umbrella

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA

The Root to All Evil

Stanley Olivera
Brooklyn, NEw York USA
Beached

thomas Durand
Randolph, ma USA
Frankie Cicero -mugshots series

Yoko Haraoka
Astoria, NY 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: Amy Arbus
©Amy ArbusAmerican contemporary photographer and daughter of Diane Arbus whose career combines commercial work, teaching at ICP and personal projects. She has published five books. Her first book, No Place Like Home (Doubleday & Co, 1986), examined unconventional houses and her second, The Inconvenience of Being Born (Fotofolio, 1999), the emotional reactions of babies. The New Yorker called The Fourth Wall her masterpiece. Her most recent, After Images, is an homage to modernism's most iconic avant-garde paintings.

In the 1980s Arbus took a series of photographs picturing New York street fashion. More than five hundred of the images were published in Village Voice at the time and seventy were later collected in her book On the Street (Welcome, 2006).

Amy Arbus has been photographing professionally for twenty-nine years. Her photographs have appeared in over one hundred periodicals around the world, including The New Yorker, Aperture, ESPN Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. Her advertising clients include American Express, Nickelodeon, Saatchi & Saatchi, New Line Cinema, Christiano Fissore, and The California Children and Families Commission.


She teaches portraiture at the International Center of Photography, NORDphotography, Anderson Ranch and The Fine Arts Work Center. Amy Arbus is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Massachusetts. She has had twenty-five solo exhibitions worldwide, and her photographs are a part of the collection of The National Theater in Norway, The New York Public Library and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. 

 

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