Viewpoint Gallery presents two exhibits in the Main Gallery during the month of August: Vaudeville by Dan Herrera, and Glass Works by Gary Shallcross.
In Vaudeville, Dan Herrera’s stated purpose is to create “beautiful images that engage us in mysterious narratives, at once futuristic and nostalgic.” The series combines Herrera’s childhood love of building dioramas with his fascination with contemporary science fiction. Herrera initiates each image by constructing a miniature set of found objects. “Through a series of laborious and anachronistic processes,” Herrera says, he “combines photographs of these carefully lighted sets with digital images of people and life-size props.” He uses 19th-century printing techniques in the final development steps, adding gestural effects that enrich his explorations of distinctions between photographic realism and painterly illusion.
In Glass Works, Gary Shallcross has photographed common pieces of glassware so that “the beauty of the shapes of these ordinary objects is amplified through the refractory characteristics of the glass that can only be realized through the photographic medium. The light source not only illuminates the glass but becomes subject matter itself.”
In its main gallery in May, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents Day to Night, a collection of images by Jennifer Wu, made between dusk and dawn, during the hours when many photographers have set their cameras aside.
“I found great joy the night I discovered that the camera sees more than our eyes can see,” says Jennifer, an accomplished landscape and nature photographer. She found that the kinds of exposures needed for moonlit or starlit landscapes showed many more stars in the sky than she saw with the naked eye. Experimenting with the low-light capabilities of current high-end digital cameras, she developed techniques to maximize the detail in the sky and the landscape while portraying the stars as points of light rather than as the ‘star trail’ lines characteristic of the long exposures needed when photographing the same types of scenes with film cameras.
The Gladding McBean ceramic factory in Lincoln, California, is a living museum of architectural ornamentation from the last century and a quarter, sitting as silent witness while the factory continues to produce exterior cladding and decoration for new and old buildings using the same techniques employed here more than 100 years ago. A walk through the pottery is truly a journey into the past.
Jean Ross shares her intimate images from India, taken on a six-week trip that included the more familiar sights of Rajasthan, including the camel fair at Pushkar, and Varanasi, as well as the less traveled eastern states. Ross says, “India is like no place else on earth. It is a travelers’ and photographers’ paradise with unrivaled diversity of landscape and culture; wonderful food and kind people; amazing history and monuments and all the comforts and discomforts of modern day life.”
Viewpoint Gallery presents the works of local photographers Dianne Poinski and Donald Satterlee in an exhibition titled “Visions of Translucence,” during the month of September.
Translucent: permitting light to pass, but diffusing it so that objects on the opposite side are not clearly visible
Photographers Satterlee and Poinski bring their work together for this exhibit, combining the translucent effects of light as well as a similar vision. While the subject matter of their pictures may differ, it is the quality of subtle tonality, luminosity in nature, texture and simple but striking compositions that pull all the elements together to create an emotional viewing experience.
In October of 2008 over 200 students of all ages joined together to document the economic, educational and cultural transformation occurring in Oak Park, Sacramento’s oldest suburb. The cameras used ranged from high end digital to plastic film cameras from the Dollar Store. Many of the students were from the neighborhood. Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., more than 20,000 pictures were made. More important, though, were the connections made.
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.
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.
Ten Eyes is a group of Sacramento women photographers who began meeting monthly in 1983 to show and critique each other’s work. Originally five in number, the group has grown to include more women who share a passion for creating photographic art. This exhibition is a collaborative effort to present images taken by each member of the Ten Eyes group of places visited and objects acquired during their travels.
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.
Entries for Twelve: Parallels have been selected. Congratulations to our winners and all the photographers whose work is in the exhibit, and a big Thank You to everyone who submitted images! The winners are:
1st Place: James Gilmore, Memory and Metaphor 2nd Place: Eric Baral, Cell Phone Diptych 2 3rd Place: Gordon Reynolds, Johns Honorable Mention: Dan Herrera, The Carapace Honorable Mention: Diane Tempest, Parallel Shoes Honorable Mention: Roberta Neidigh, Five Trees
Viewpoint Gallery’s annual juried exhibit Twelve encourages photographers to interpret an idea suggested by the theme of the show. This year’s theme “Parallels” alludes to the year 2011 itself with its obvious numeric parallel. But it also invites photographers to conjure connections and relatedness within the photographic frame. Entries for Twelve: Parallels will contrast, compare, illuminate, suggest, capture, and express photographers' varied approaches to this theme. In addition to single images, Twelve: Parallels will feature multiple images in diptychs, triptychs and polyptychs.
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is pleased to present the exhibit Searching for Wabi Sabi by Bruce MacDougall in its Step Up Gallery in October.
The photographs in Searching for Wabi Sabi “represent my effort at coming to terms with what life dumped in my lap the morning of April 29, 2010,” says MacDougall. “My daughter Molly was murdered that day.”
Wabi sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that values objects and images reflecting the transience and imperfection that characterize our existence; it eschews the idealized, the formal, the ornate. “My daughter Ruby introduced me to wabi sabi,” MacDougall recalls, “in the hope that I would find some level of acceptance of Molly’s death within the tenets of wabi sabi: nothing is permanent; nothing is finished; nothing is perfect.”
Over the years, field trips sponsored by Viewpoint Gallery have inspired photographers to interpret, study, record, and reinterpret static and dynamic elements of the natural and manmade worlds that partially define Northern California.
This exhibit presents distinctive features belonging to sites of historical significance, recorded alongside spontaneous beauty captured in outdoor environments. The destinations for these excursions have included Preston Castle in Ione, Knight Foundry and Machine Shop of Sutter Creek, Bodie State Historic Park in Mono County, the Cosumnes River Preserve near Galt, and Mare Island Historic Park (a former Naval base and shipyard) in Vallejo.
Viewpoint is pleased to present the wildlife photographs of Michael Corlew in the Step Up Gallery. Corlew is an accomplished photographer of birds ands animals, sharing with the world his images from International trips to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Peru, Bolivia, Kenya, Tanzania, and with stateside trips to Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Colorado, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.
At a time when the Sacramento area has enjoyed one of its finest autumn seasons, photographer Jerry Berry reminds us with his images where the real fall action happens: New England.
“California has a wide range of landscapes within its borders,” says Berry. “But when it comes to the spectacular variety of colors of the fall season, the New England states have no equal.... I hope that the Impressions I have chosen to display will provide the viewer a taste of what they may encounter on a trip to this area at this time of year. And for those that are personally familiar with this special time and place, I hope it takes them home."
In October, Viewpoint's 20th Year Celebration culminates with Vintage Contemporary: The Charter Members Show, an exhibit of work by many of the original members of Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. The Vintage Contemporary exhibit will showcase the work of over 50 charter members and celebrate Viewpoint's continuing role in the community. The title encourages artists to show older work created using traditional photographic media or current work in digital or alternative processes. In fact, some artists may choose to exhibit paintings, mixed media, video, or other media to reflect their ever-evolving artistic interests.
The April exhibit showcases contributions to this year’s Fine Print Auction. Featured photographers include Howard Bond, Martha Casanave, Mark Citret, Richard Garrod, Kate Jordahl, Koichiro Kurita, C. Cameron Macauley, Richard Murai, Dianne Poinski, Merg Ross, Ryuijie, and John Wimberley.
In addition to viewing this exhibit, visitors have the opportunity to purchase their favorite prints directly, or to cast a silent bid for their preferred photographs. The excitement culminates on the evening of May 1st, when attendees compete for favored prints to be acquired in true Auction style complemented with wine and hors d’œuvres.
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.
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents the work of Keith Berger in the Step Up Gallery during the month of September. The exhibit is titled “Fleeting Impressions.” Keith Berger, a Viewpoint member, makes photographs of the wonders of nature, both large and small, and of coastal scenes and cityscapes. He has begun a series of photographic projects focusing on abstractions and reflections that view everyday scenes and objects in new ways.
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!”
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is pleased to present the work of sister and brother Brittany Murphy and Camden Hosea-Small in the Step Up Gallery beginning January 11, 2012. Both of them are presenting new visions in still-life photography, Murphy finding and bringing out the beauty in everyday objects, Hosea-Small exploring the sensual qualities of the smoke rising from burning incense.
Murphy uses darkness and a black backdrop, with a flashlight for “light painting” to visually erase portions of an object while illuminating others. Hosea-Small uses a narrow-beam strobe to sidelight smoke trails, also against a black backdrop.
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.
Jonathan Mumby is a traditional landscape photographer – he exposes black and white film in a large view camera. Strongly influenced by the works of Ansel Adams and Brett Weston, he finds that lugging a heavy camera for many miles to make an exposure makes the photograph more satisfying. "I feel I don't just take the photograph – I earn it." The American western landscape is his favorite subject.