Viewpoint Exhibit History

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 to Saturday, January 4, 2020

 

Anachronism in Baker, CA, by Dale Green

2018 Twelve Exhibit

Visual & Verbal is the theme of the 11th annual juried show, TWELVE. Visual & Verbal focuses on the relationship of words to pictures, specifically to photographs. These two realms, visual and verbal, come from different portions of our brains and obviously have different roles in communication. But they are partners. The exhibit Twelve: Visual & Verbal explores that complex and stimulating partnership. The photographic subject matter and methods are wide open, limitless. However, words should accompany photographic entries in one or both of the following ways:

  1. The image contains whole or partial letters, words or numbers in any language as a design element. These textual elements might appear in the original photograph, such as a street signs, or may be added to the image, for example, handwritten or digitally applied text.
  2. The title extends the meaning of the photograph.

 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 to Saturday, December 7, 2019

 

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 to Saturday, December 7, 2019

 

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 to Saturday, December 7, 2019

 

In 2012 Liz Dahler traveled to Kenya and Tanzania, on an African safari and in 2013 to Namibia, Africa, to enable networking technology and teach elementary school teachers how technology can enhance and expand learning.  Both of these experiences left lasting impressions.  This collection of images provides a close up look into the Wild Animals of Africa. You are invited to take a few moments to engage with each photo and imagine the thoughts going through the minds of these beautiful creatures.  Is the animal a ‘watcher’ or ‘being watched?’ Sometimes it’s not what the photographer sees, but what is seen of the photographer. What is the emotion you observe? Do you see a human-like expression?  Genetic comparisons of baboons and humans identify us sharing 94% of our genes. With this photo collection, Liz’s goal is to uncover the common bond so together we can help protect endangered wildlife species.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 to Saturday, December 7, 2019

 

Mircea Ouatu-Lascar finds great joy being outdoors to photograph nature, architecture and  occasionally people.  Although he likes to travel, Mircea enjoys very much photographing close to home, in our local parks and around town.

Looking through the viewfinder with the lens wide open the fences disappear, the subject comes close, and for a brief fraction of time the crowds also seem to disappear leaving the impression of an intimate ‘one-on-one’ moment. Bringing the viewer into the world of animals through his lens and his heart, Mircea advocates for wildlife conservation, care and education.  Perhaps a photograph can start a conversation, which leads to awareness that grows into compassion, which in turn motivates positive action.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 to Saturday, November 2, 2019

 

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 to Saturday, November 2, 2019

 

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019 to Saturday, October 5, 2019

Hal Wilson has a lot of respect for talented artists who take their work seriously and dedicate themselves to their art. But this guy is not serious. He is, however, dedicated

Hal’s work has been shown in galleries in his local area. He has been accepted into the California State Fair Fine Art Exhibit. Hal writes that he hoped his large print, Séance Night, which was accepted into the 2018 State Fair, would bring people “with their noses right up close to study the detail.” His images tend to elicite this type of response. 

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 to Saturday, October 5, 2019

 

Traveling was always part of her life, and when her husband’s occupation made it possible for them to live abroad, her travel photography opportunities expanded. Armed with her camera and a ready smile, Cecilia ventured out on her own to explore her new surroundings.

Since 2007, she has lived in Republic of Georgia, Egypt, Tajikistan, Macedonia, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Kyrgyzstan, and in April 2019 a short return to North Macedonia (formerly known as Macedonia or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)). In total, she has set foot on all continents and made photographs in more than 78 countries plus Transnistria* a “country” that no other country recognizes.

 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 to Saturday, September 7, 2019

 

This month Viewpoint dedicates the Main Gallery to three artists and their solo series:

Juliet Haas’ Marionettes and Other Ghosts of Vision reflects a vintage noir aesthetic with saturation of color and realism in a modern digital capture.

Jing Lin’s series Solitary showcases nature in a innocent yet fragile grayscale landscape.

Michael Kelly-Dewitt photographs his subjects in a high resolution digital process complete with portraits, nature, and architecture.

 

 

Marionettes, © Juliet Haas
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 to Saturday, September 7, 2019

 

In summer 2018, I began asking friends, family and other participants to choose a few objects that they live with and that are special in some way: sentimental, frequently used or just interesting looking. I tried not to give them too much direction so that the participant had total control over the objects to be photographed. I then shot the objects in the room in which they exist. The backgrounds remain consistent in that the object is on a solid surface with a blank wall behind but they change in color and texture due to the style of the room.  The photographs are put into grids based on common characteristics of the owners or the objects themselves.

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 to Saturday, August 3, 2019

 

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents its annual Members Exhibit throughout the month of July. The strength of this annual exhibit is both the artistic quality and the diversity of the images submitted.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 to Saturday, July 6, 2019

My artistic practice has often involved the pairing of photographs. I find that image juxtapositions can both disrupt and stimulate the normal process of “reading” the images to extend, clarify or otherwise modify perceived meanings. Indeed, many photographers other than myself have experimented extensively with image pairings, including Ray Metzger, Nathan Lyons, and fellow Philadelphian James Abbott, to name just a few (Note that I consciously avoid the term “diptych” for these pairings because – as one of my art historian colleagues explained - a diptych is a continuous image in two parts, rather than a pairing of distinct images.)

In creating my own pairings, I sort through thousands of images from my own archive, looking for potential matches. When a pair works for me, an overall whole is created that is a synthesis of the two images while also preserving their individual integrity. Often, a “third” image is created that may be perceived simultaneously with the two individual images.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 to Saturday, July 6, 2019

 

Emergent technologies give rise to novel art forms, yet the panoramic app installed on smart-phone cameras still awaits its artists. Responding to this conspicuous neglect, Fotographic Phictions proposes a new visual practice that bridges still photography and motion pictures. Peter Sutherland calls it cubist panoramics -- if by cubist you simply mean combining multiple perspectives in a single image.
In 2012, while exploring the panoramic app on his first smart-phone camera (a Samsung-SGH), Sutherland discovered a glitch in its Android operating system, that frees photography from the dominance of Renaissance perspective and the cardinal rule of panoramics -- not to shift the camera’s viewpoint, while you sweep it through the scene to be recorded. Doing so normally aborts the algorithm’s routine, whose early Samsung/Android version divided the sweep into eight separate stills, then stitched them into a seamless panorama.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 to Saturday, July 6, 2019

 

Reece Metzger has always had an interest in photography and its role in fine art. 

A visit to Western Australia in 2016 was particularly inspirational allowing him to produce a collection of photographs of man-made and natural geography.  These landscapes are reflected in Australian aboriginal art:  themes, designs, colors, and patterns.  By manipulating selected images, Reece’s photos become abstract elements he inkjet transfers to fabric.  He stitches collages adding a three-dimensional aspect.  The result is the joining of landscapes influenced by aboriginal art expressed with Western perspectives.

The current series titled 16 Hours Ahead - Images of Western Australia is a collection of photo constructions reflecting his impressions of this land.  Reece’s desire is to share this captured atmosphere of the other side of the world.

Reece attempts to present a mystery as to how the pieces were achieved.  The viewer asks ‘How was this manufactured and with what materials?’  Each individual construction emerges slowly with the paring of desired colors and textures into an expressive and relaxing composition.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 to Saturday, June 1, 2019

 

The wild landscape of the Western United States is being rapidly converted to a built landscape due to suburban development. The destructive nature of these large-scale developments immediately disrupts the ecosystems. Even after these developments are completed, they continue to destroy the adjacent environment in the wild-land urban interface due to human caused wildfires, habitat fragmentation, enhancing invasive species migration, surface and groundwater pollution, soil erosion, and pesticide impacts on wildlife. Habitat Lost: Negative Effects of Suburban Sprawl on Ecosystems, is a response to this uncontrolled ecological destruction.

The work is comprised of large 20” x 30” black and white, digital, high contrast prints of the constructed environment. Furthering the dialogue of environmental loss from suburban development, small kallitype prints on fabric, encased in encaustic wax, of the lost wildlife and habitat, are hung in front of the large black and white images. This body of work relates both to western society’s desire to replace natural land and environments with contemporary construction and developments, as well as photography’s desire to replace the historical with the digital photographic prints.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 to Saturday, June 1, 2019

 

Just as the sun rises and sets each day, we engage in ritualistic practices to seek transformation. Viewing a figure in motion is to experience a duration of time invisible to the unaided eye.

Under attack, our bodies and souls seek protection and preservation. Beneath a veil of opposition, we are hidden from the light which is our life source. At times, life can seem a blur as we move across the surface of the earth. We mechanically move through the in-between spaces, trusting that the light of self-knowledge will be revealed to us. As we stay in motion, we repeat ourselves season after season, but we are never the same.

Slowly, over time, we expand to allow ourselves space for healing. Through ritual, we learn to navigate the dualities of darkness and light, stillness and movement.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 to Saturday, June 1, 2019

 

John Campbell
“Have you ever gone to a popular place and found that the crowds wouldn’t allow you to get the image that you want to capture? Well, that has always bothered me. So I developed some proprietary actions that allow me to improve the images rapidly and with consistent results. I minimize the crowd effects and maximize the object I want to preserve.  I call this technique “Photo Sketch”. My cyanotypes on display have been derived from my “Photo Sketches”.

Rhonda Campbell-
“What is art but the visual creation of what is in ones mind - imagination? Art comes from the heart, the technique is irrelevant. I use any tool available to create my art. In this exhibit you will see my passion for mixed media using photography negatives, photograms or artist hand tools to create alternative photography. Some of the prints have ink line drawings and paint. Printmaking to me is back to my roots, the traditional way; Etchings, Monotype and Alternative Photography (as Cyanotype).”

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 to Saturday, May 4, 2019

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 to Saturday, May 4, 2019

 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 to Saturday, April 6, 2019

 

Special Presentation--FREE
Adventures in Mongolia, by Kerik Kouklis
Talk, Slide Show and Documentary Film Screening

Wed. March 27 at 6:30 p.m., Viewpoint Photographic Art Center

Join exhibiting photographer, fledgling film maker and Viewpoint Board President Kerik Kouklis for a night celebrating Mongolia. Kerik will share stories and images from his expeditions. He will also screen a 30-minute documentary he produced in 2017, “Mongolia in Winter”. 

THE EXHIBIT: For as long as he can remember, Kerik Kouklis has liked to make stuff. He discovered early on that he really like to make photographs. Taking pictures and making prints has been part of Kerik’s life ever since his dad set up a basement darkroom for him when he was twelve. Kerik would spend hours experimenting (and he says mostly failing) to make something interesting. But every once in a while, something good would result, leading him to continue my pursuit of the next good picture, the next good print.  Kerik has never been in the “image is everything” camp of photography. It’s important to him that the image takes the form of a physical object – something that can be touched, or held, or maybe even hung on a wall.

Kerik states that his job is to deliver the message, the mood, the thought, the emotion. The image is the starting place, and printmaking is the language. He makes all his prints in his darkroom, using hands-on processes — wet plate collodion, platinum/palladium and gum bichromate. These experience-based processes allow him to shape the way an image is interpreted – and they bring him the satisfaction of creating something with his own hands. To Kerik, that physical connection between maker and object confers value on both.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 to Saturday, April 6, 2019

 

For more than two decades Michael E. Gordon has obsessively explored, hiked, climbed, and photographed over our remarkable American deserts, seeking profound experiences, sage wisdom, and utter silence. He states, "It’s here where I am most balanced while in direct contact with earth, wind, and creative fire. I am enthralled by the charismatic and highly evolved life found here, possessed by prickly dynamic forms and radiant desert light. My images evoke the quiet stories of my subjects and titillate with the unspeakable essence of the vast Mojave, Great Basin, and Sonoran Deserts. These ancient landscapes provide thousands of square miles for my explorations, meditations, and creations."

The images in this exhibition were made with a 4x5" large format view camera and film and high resolution D-SLR. All prints are made with pigment inks on cotton rag and are finished exclusively with archival materials.

His love for and commitment to the preservation of imperiled California landscapes is a cornerstone of his work. He has served on the Board of Directors for the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association and Mojave National Preserve Conservancy. His photographs have been instrumental in the campaigns of The Wilderness Society, Campaign for America’s Wilderness, Pew Charitable Trusts, National Parks Conservation Association and others, and have helped to shape wildfire management, renewable energy policies, and to advance Federal Wilderness and National Monument designation and expansion. In early 2015, Michael was a featured on-camera Death Valley expert in an NHK Japan full-length documentary film.

 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 to Saturday, March 2, 2019

Lloyd Fergus, who recently passed away at the age of 99, was one of the founding members of Viewpoint.  Over many years, Lloyd dedicated thousands of hours of his time as a docent at the gallery. When Viewpoint was located in the Sacramento Museum and Archives Collection Center (SAMCC), Viewpoint’s “rent” was paid by its members working on projects for SAMCC. No one paid more rent for Viewpoint than Lloyd.  In recognition of his service to Viewpoint, Lloyd was later designated an Honorary Life Member by the Viewpoint Board.

Lloyd’s images typically came from his travels in the western United States and Canada.  He worked in all formats from 35mm to 8” x 10”, and typically printed in black and white with selenium toner to finish each piece.

"When working in the field I have no preconceived idea of what to photograph," he said. "I do not work to make a series, or a theme-connected group. Each photograph must be able to stand by itself and be complete.”

 

 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 to Saturday, March 2, 2019

 

Svalbard, Norway is a small, remote island group north of the Arctic Circle. It is one of the coldest, wildest and most pristine places remaining on the planet for life to call home. Yet today, as local ecotourism is escalating, its climate is rapidly deteriorating due to global climate change. This collection of images tells a pictorial story of love and pending loss. Svalbard is an experience in contrasting realities of simplicity, complexity, active geology, life’s challenges and primitive beauty captured within these unique photographs, that are rich with depth, information and meaning. Photography has the power to bring unknown worlds within reach of the viewer, and by doing so inspire care and protection for far away places such as this unique, frozen world, and for those places closer to home. Jim’s images and perspectives help us to explore both our world and our role within Earth’s shared surroundings.

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 to Saturday, February 2, 2019

 

With each snap of the shutter Larry Brenden allows the world to see his love of nature and the natural world. Larry works to promote emotion in his photographic work...wonder, love, pain, peace and joy. Larry also brings a sense of adventure to his photographs by not documenting iconic sites but by allowing color and light guide him to photographs off the beaten track. “Finding the Spirit” was born from his sense of adventure and the draw of wild places. This series has been created using two types of photographic style; the more traditional style of landscape photography which utilizes a camera on a tripod with tack sharp precision, and a non-traditional style that involves movement of the camera in brush type strokes much like a painter with a canvas.

With today’s world of a constant cacophony of confusing stimulation, Larry finds harmony and peace visiting untamed locations.  The process of finding photographs can be spiritual or meditative with a “letting go” and surrendering to his surroundings. He many times finds his best photographs by becoming one with the energy of wild places.  Being drawn to the quality of light and color, Larry allows the composition to unfold and lets the spirit of his surroundings and his love of nature create the composition.  “Finding the Spirit” images have been captured in such faraway places as Iceland or New Zealand and locally such as literally in his back yard in Lincoln, California.

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