Exhibits Coming Soon

Dan Herrera: Emerge from the Aether

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, May. 8 to Saturday, Jun. 2
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, May. 11 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, May. 12 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

 

Emerge from the Aether is a collection of wet plate collodion images comprised of portraits and still lifes Dan Herrera has made over the past three years.  In an age of megapixels, camera phones, and a perpetual stream of digital images, Dan’s exhibit invites the viewer to slow down and experience storytelling within the scope of historical photographic printing methods to a time when photography was still in its infancy.  This approach to slowing down and having his hand present in all stage of the process produces unique prints that are both rich in content and physical surface quality, blurring the lines between photographic realism and painterly illusion.  The aesthetics of working this way are used as a means to absorb the viewer in a narrative futuristic and nostalgic.

Wendy Baker: Urban Dreamscapes

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, May. 8 to Saturday, Jun. 2
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, May. 11 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, May. 12 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.  ~Henry David Thoreau

In this series, Wendy Baker combines her passions for travel and architectural and portrait photography to create visual stories evoking a feeling of mystery.

Her dreamlike images always begin with a sense of place.  She then adds her photographs of models, clothing, and other elements.  She states, “I love to travel.  I’m captivated by the idea of magical journeys—whether to far-off lands or deep into the self.  My goal is to create a feeling of fantasy — transitioning from the known to the unknown by using beautiful light, muted colors, symbolic details and compositions with strong leading lines.“  She often adds touches of archival glitter to her printed pieces before framing.   

As the owner of a commercial photography business based in the Sacramento area, she is constantly developing new skills.  She loves everything about the creative process.  From getting up before dawn in a new city to capturing the perfect light, to sitting at her computer combining the elements she’s gathered into a unique visual story, one that she hopes will spark the viewer's imagination.

Douglas Vincent: Icons of Architecture

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Jun. 5 to Saturday, Jul. 7
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Jun. 8 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Jun. 9 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Douglas Vincent works to convey fleeting moments that resonate as metaphors for guiding his life — subtlety, simplicity, the sublime.  The canvas of his inspiration is the American West, its brush strokes of wilderness and agriculture. He values intimacy of place, returning frequently to locations where time and communion have deepened his understanding of both place and self.

Douglas has disciplined himself to explore without a camera. The ability to see photographs is a mysterious balance of curiosity, receptivity, and experience. The acuteness of his receptivity, a discipline of letting go, can often be elusive and frustrating.  The process is a meditation, a "non-effort" in becoming fully present and immersed in his surroundings. When inspiration is found, it necessitates careful consideration of subject and light. Returning, under optimal conditions, to make the intended photograph can take minutes, a day, sometimes years. Or not at all. While intended photographs are sometimes lost, Douglas believes this approach enables him to create intimate meditative photographs that evoke both a sense and transcendence of place and subject.

Gary E. Karcz: Architecture and Abstraction

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Jun. 5 to Saturday, Jul. 7
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Jun. 8 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Jun. 9 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Architecture and Abstraction explores architectural lines, symmetry, and textures. The images are primarily black and white. Some, however, have regions of red to produce an intriguing and striking black/white/red scheme, similar to that found in aposematism, i.e., a warning coloration used by some living species. Many images feature symmetry. In asymmetrical images, some elements are encouraged to begin and end in the corners—as though a complete story is being told. At other times, the discrete shapes have dissolved into something amorphous and abstract, leaving ambiguous impressions behind.

Gary E. Karcz’s photography interest began when he was a young teenager.  At that time, he took photos for his school’s yearbook and his city’s newspaper.  This interest persisted through his different jobs: retail sales, construction, IT support, and an educator.  He now devotes more time to photography, as an art form, primarily focusing on architecture and architectural abstractions.

Jerry Kapler: Manipulating Reality

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Jun. 5 to Saturday, Jul. 7
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Jun. 8 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Jun. 9 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

 

Jerry Kapler’s current photography endeavors have included creating conceptual images which tell a story. He begins with his own original digital images and scans of older black and white negatives from the 1960s and 70s, which have been colorized in Photoshop. His ideas are expressed in individual images or with three to five images, which create a narrative.

When generating a new piece, Jerry’s goal is to create a surreal environment that will evoke emotion in the viewer. Even though the subject matter may contain religious or death elements, the initial underlying motivation is to see how these individual elements create a final interesting result. In essence, he enjoys putting together images that surprises both himself and the viewer. His strongest influences have been the surrealist Maggie Taylor and René Magritte as well as numerous medieval artists.

 

 

Garrett Hansen: Hail

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Aug. 7 to Saturday, Sep. 1
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Aug. 10 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Aug. 11 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

 

Roughly 40% of US households have a gun and there are enough guns  approximately 300 million  to arm nearly every man, woman, and child in the country.

At the core of The Void series is a desire to consider these facts and to create a set of images that speaks to their implications. Each of the images is created from individual bullet holes. While shooting is fundamentally a destructive act, by bringing these holes into the darkroom, enlarging them and then processing and printing the results, Garrett Hansen is able to balance this destruction with creation. The viewer is presented with images that speak to the sublime – they are both attractive and terrifying at the same time. In many ways this reflects our own opinions of guns in America, a country where the debate between rights and controls continues to rage. The Silhouette series engages the broader culture of guns in America. Every week Hansen goes to a local gun range and collects the cardboard backings that are used behind their standard target. The targets depict an unarmed man’s silhouette, a highly common target throughout civilian and police gun ranges. The third component to this ongoing project is comprised of bullets that have been collected from gun ranges. Each bullet, sculpted by impact with a ballistic steel wall, takes on a dramatic new form. The newest component to this ongoing series is entitled Memorial. This work acknowledges and lays bare the heavy price of having a heavily armed civilian population.

Garrett Hansen graduated from Grinnell College, where he studied economics and political science. He completed his MFA in photography at Indiana University and has taught at several universities in the United States and in Asia; he is now an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Kentucky. Garrett has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Indonesia, and Japan.

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