Viewpoint Exhibit History

Viewpoint Gallery presents its first Cell Phone Only Exhibition during the month of October. Recently, the cell phone has become the most ubiquitous type of camera in history, used by some of the most visually sophisticated, technically savvy, and globally connected image-makers ever. This international, juried show attempts to provide some idea of the breadth and creativity being achieced with these small, portable additions to the exciting history of photographic tools.

 

Photos by Sean Duggan, Jean Ross, David Ruderman, and Annette Allen


Two bottles, two hues, a bit of imagination and with a touch of passion this creative expression soon begins to take on a life of its own...

This exhibition is composed of 20 large color photographs by Reno, Nevada, artist Dean Burton. Burton, whose photography was recently featured in the exhibitions Altered Landscapes: Photographs of a Changing Environment (Nevada Museum of Art) and Brought to Light (Crocker Art Museum), has created a body of work that expands and comments on contemporary photographic practices and traditions. In doing so, he uses a single, horizontal viewpoint and a wide range of techniques to explore the unexpected and otherwise unexamined. In Burton’s hand, the minute and mundane are transformed into images fully evocative of the zones of earth, water, and sky. Images from his series of Airscapes offer additional equivalents to our reading of the photograph as a landscape. All are “straight,” un-manipulated images, printed with the sensitivity to tone and contrast made famous by iconic 20th century photographers of the West.

Viewpoint Gallery is pleased to present the photographs of Dawn Blanchfield in an exhibition called The Price of Enlightenment in the Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint.

Dawn Blanchfield’s The Price of Enlightenment is a series of black-and-white photographs that explores provocative subjects ranging from religious topics to social and political commentary of both the past and present. “I use seemingly innocuous objects, a minimalist composition, and dramatic light and shadow to express specific or abstract ideas.” says Blanchfield. “These images are the result of my internal struggle with religion, science, and mythology; death and spirituality; human nature and inherent evil."

 

"After the Bubble" presents two photographers' observations of how recent job losses and home foreclosures have affected communities in California and Arizona.

Jeffrey Goggin's photographs are from his project "Superior After Dark," He shows us the effects of a copper mine closure in Superior, Arizona, where the population has fallen by more than 60 percent and its per capita income is now among the lowest in the state.

Douglas Smith's images are from his project "Scenes From Surrendered Homes.” These photographs portray homes in the Central Valley of California where the effects of recent economic turmoil appear in almost all neighborhoods.

 

 

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center proudly presents the work of Richard Murai, one of Northern California’s most accomplished and respected photographers. He has traveled all over the world in search of compelling and spiritually rich pictures.

The images from Bhutan, Laos, and Easter Island in this exhibition are a sampling of work produced over the last six years, and represent an ongoing project of documenting world spiritual sites. As Murai says, “They reflect an unfolding voyage of discovery and creative exploration that examines evidence of intense spiritual devotion and religious fervor, past and present, within unique and distinctive cultures. The act of picture making increases my understanding of the world and the final photograph provides a reaffirmation of the connections between us all.”

Rick will discuss the exhibit during the Member's Reception on Friday, February 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. He will share his excitement, misgivings and the creative and technical resources that helped produce his latest and diverse body of work. All are welcomed!

Anne Miller loves photographing the unexpected beauty waiting to be found in ordinary, everyday things. She is especially drawn to intense color and to the mysterious nature of reflection and transparency. Botanical subjects intrigue her because of their wealth of interesting surfaces and colors, yet she’s also attracted to junk and often finds inspiration at the dump or at sites full of rusty machinery and old buildings. 

 

Judy Yemma works with historical photographic processes, such as Platinum/Palladium, Cyanotype and VanDyke, using hand-applied techniques that connect her to her roots as a painter. Her final prints become unique with some being truly one of a kind. She is particularly attracted to curved lines and shapes, to the restful and serene, to the emotion of an image, and to the potential of putting her own twist on an image.

The October exhibit at Viewpoint Gallery will feature two photographers who create their images at night. Both reveal a silent yet menacing sense of the city as elements are carved out of the dark.

Bernhard Hartmann, a German photographer, shares his after-dark experiences in winter in the American city of Chicago, a series he calls Reluctance. His color images shimmer with light and the activity of nameless, often faceless human forms.

For Gary W. Vann, the storyline of his night photographs of the city deals with interactions of man, in various ways, upon his environment. The images serve as stage sets, appropriately recorded in black and white.

Viewpoint’s annual Members’ Exhibit will be on display from June 12 through July 3, 2009. The exhibit gives all Viewpoint members an opportunity to showcase one image of their choosing. The images in this show highlight the diversity of photographic art created by Viewpoint members, from traditional color and black-and-white images to prints made using alternative processes, digital manipulation, and other methods. All images are copyrighted by the artists.

America, from the Edge features four unique perspectives on American life and landscape by photographers David Best, Mike Dikau, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel and Toni Voelker. Their works run the gamut from noir to bizarre and from Barbie dolls to the Midas Mufflerman.

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents the exhibit Road Trip Poetry by Dave Hennessy in its Step Up Gallery in January.

Hennessy explains that “Road Trip Poetry celebrates the extraordinary, the comical, and the sublime in an ordinary commute between Sacramento and Petaluma. With my iPhone I was able to capture what at best would have been merely a glimpse of something grand. I discovered that something grand is always nearby. I do not have to go somewhere ‘special’ or even leave my car.”

Nigel Poor is a conceptual photographer whose projects often include humble materials that go unnoticed or unappreciated. Through careful collection, systematic observation, painstaking control and counting, Poor explores the commonplace with extraordinary attention to detail. This solo exhibit features several of her projects shown together for the first time.

The annual Viewpoint Members’ Exhibit, a long-time tradition at Viewpoint, is always exciting for the quality and range of photographic art it showcases. Because the exhibit is not juried and includes a single print from each participating artist, the exhibit highlights the diversity of techniques, approaches, and personal visions in our photographic community.

Viewpoint Gallery presents the works of well known photographer Ryuijie in an exhibition titled “Memories in Water,” during the month of August. The show contains photographs from two major bodies of work: Ice Forms, botanicals frozen in blocks of ice, and Kanchi, in which Ryuijie and his assistant, Camille Lenore, free-dive for images underwater, off the coast of Central California.

 

Arthur Drooker presents a powerful visual meditation on the cultures, conflicts and conquests that forged the New World. Covering significant ruins in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, this exhibit offers a unique pictorial survey of the geographical, architectural and historical diversity that defines the Americas.

Lost Worlds highlights ruins that are acknowledged world wonders, little known gems and outright surprises. They include monumental temples of Mexico’s Mayan civilization, a former king’s palace on the island of Haiti, colonial churches ravaged by earthquakes in Guatemala and iconic Inca citadels in Peru’s Sacred Valley, some of the 33 sites that Drooker visited in sixteen countries. His luminous images, shot with a specially adapted digital infrared camera, expose crumbled walls, weathered facades and overgrown flora in ways most viewers have never seen.

 

José Luis Villegas is a working photojournalist, currently with the Sacramento Bee. This project, "Save the Music", is the story of keeping music alive. Blues music. Music born in slavery. The music that begat rock n’ roll. The music touched by God and the devil. The music that lives within rap and soul, but is dying on its own.

This is the story of America’s purest music at a cross roads, a time when the Prophet’s of soul are dying and only the great B.B. King can claim mass acceptance. For the rest, a living and an audience can be found in Europe. While in America, the voices of slaves and Negro spirituals grows ever fainter, the culture of the south fades away.

Charles Brown - Monterey, California. 1991

Photographer Lewis Kemper has photographed the natural beauty of North America and its parklands for more than three decades. In travels around the world, he hones an ongoing love affair with light, harkening back to the words of the famed naturalist, John Muir, who, over a hundred years ago, said “Light, I know not a singular word fine enough for Light… holy, beamless, bodiless, inaudible floods of Light.” Kemper believes those words have summed up his life as a photographer. “Light is still important to me whether I am photographing nature or working on one of my “Photo Etchings,” a style I developed with digital techniques.”

Referring to the photographs in the show, Kemper says: “Notice the importance of the light in these images ... the light defines the image!”

Twelve is a juried show held annually in December. The theme of this year's exhibit is The Face of It. The exhibit explores interpretations and descriptions of the myriad subjects that captivate the photographer’s eye and imagination. In all the world of possible subjects, photographers choose one over others. What is that subject? Who or what is the face? The photographers represented in this exhibit show us their interpretations in many different forms of photography.

In Viewpoint’s Step Up Gallery in March, Jorge Santana presents Cuba Today: Street Photography. The photographs in this exhibit were taken during a travel-study trip to Cuba in March of 2012. This was the sixth such trip to Cuba that Santana had led as a professor of Hispanic language and culture at California State University, Sacramento. “The images reflect some of the scenes of Cuba today,” says Santana. “It is a kaleidoscope of life on the forbidden island, centering on Havana and surrounding neighborhoods.”

A city street, a construction site, pristine nature—all fall into view in the work of photographer Mark Citret. Citret has explored deeply the question of exactly what constitutes a "landscape." He suggests that "a landscape is to human experience what a stage set is to a play." In Citret’s eyes and in his photographs, construction sites, cafes, motels, trees, industrial sites, parks, and more, all present themselves as "landscapes" equally fascinating and beautiful.

The Edifice Europa exhibit includes images by three photographers who each portray European architecture in a distinctive manner. Linda Fitch is a traditional black and white photographer who photographs primarily at night, exploring the dark spaces we rarely stop to observe and seeking out remote places where time stands still. Jodie Hooker depicts French cathedrals in painterly "hand made" gum prints using artist’s papers and watercolor pigments. Steve Nieslony photographs castles, churches and courtyards "off the beaten path" to convey the lesser known beauty of village Europe.

From October 5 to November 5, Viewpoint’s Step Up Gallery will feature photography by many of the docents and volunteers who are essential to the ongoing success of the the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. The center is almost completely operated by volunteers, who labor all year to manage, plan, curate, install and watch over 22 exhibitions of photographic art by artists both local and internationally known.

Like a mini Members’ Exhibit, this show promises to surprise and excite with its diversity and quality. Its goal is to reward the volunteers for their efforts and also to honor them for their dedication to Viewpoint.

 

 

Northern California native and award-winning photographer, artist Gail Parris, was raised in the country, where she acquired an enormous appreciation of nature and its beauty.  Always seeking a creative outlet she has passionately pursued photography (along with other forms of art), since her parents first gave her a camera as a child.  She has taken numerous photography and art classes.  Largely an outdoor photographer, she seeks to explore the intricacies of nature and her surroundings.

Rick Kattelmann’s Sichuan Sampler is a collection of images made on travels through the Sichuan region of China. “Photography is a means of enhancing my memory of the visual imagery of life,” Kattelmann says. “Every day, we are fortunate to observe millions of scenes. A fraction of those scenes impress with us with their beauty, information, mystery, and other attributes. Photography allows us to create a record of some of those scenes and then, if we wish, to modify those recordings to emphasize whatever appealed to us at the time of capture.”

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