Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to present P H O T O ‘1 8, an annual exhibition focusing on contemporary photography.
Featuring: Adrien Broom, Lisa A. Frank, Carlos Gamez de Francisco and Jeffrey Sturges
Opening Reception: Saturday evening, April 21, 6:30 – 8:00, public invited.
Exhibition on view April 21 – June 2, 2018
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 5:30 and by appointment
Adrien Broom is storyteller. Rather than photographing the world as it is, the artist creates her own realm and tells the stories she imagines. Broom’s work is deeply rooted in fairy tales and mythology, her vivid childhood imaginings focused through a sophisticated adult lens. In her most recent series Broom travelled to Yorkshire’s 18th-century Wentworth Woodhouse, the largest private home in Britain. For two weeks, the artist and a small troupe of models and assistants worked in the lavish home’s labyrinthine rooms to create a series of magical images. In one, a lone woman stands in an empty room, her ethereal, glowing gown lit by 1100 LEDs that the artist sewed into the fabric. In others, fog drifts and settles indoors, conflating reality and dreams; light and atmosphere become characters as essential to the narrative as the human figure.
Lisa A. Frank’s large-scale photographs are kaleidoscopic multilayered images of nature, architecture and man-made design. Each composition’s complex patterns are composed from the artist’s deep archive of her own photographs; the images are digitally collaged and arranged in patterns that take cues from historic wallpaper designs, sometimes including elaborately constructed trompe l’oeil mouldings, wainscoting, friezes, borders, swags and other architectural detailing. Densely ornamental, the work draws upon the artist’s background as a textile designer as well as the archives of Britain’s Aesthetic Movement of the late 19th century. The ability of these patterns to endlessly tile creates the potential for multiple sized works ranging from large individual prints to full room installations.
For this exhibition, Carlos Gamez de Francisco presents his project The Power of the Powerless. Shot entirely in Cuba, this work is an inquiry into the problematic and subjective notion of power and the historical role of portraits in society. For centuries, portrait painting was a status symbol used by the bourgeoisie to demonstrate and preserve their image as wealthy and powerful. The models, posed in classical postures with majestic lighting and apparent sumptuous costumes, are in fact ordinary Cubans wearing everyday objects found in their homes. This series is born from the artists need to recast the people of Cuba, people who live in poverty, people with special needs, and people of diverse races and genders. The images present an uncertainty of what real power means and where it lies. Through these critical issues, often unspoken, Gamez de Francisco deconstructs the symbols of power, replacing them with hope: the hope to be, the power to succeed, and the desire to be remembered.
Jeffrey Sturges’ photographs focus attention on the singular presence of familiar objects. Sturges arranges objects such as a potted plant, venetian blinds or florescent light fixtures into formal, still life photographs with a minimalist aesthetic. Scale plays an important role in Sturges photographs, his objects are depicted life-size. This adherence to reality amplifies each object’s presence and affirms the connection we have to familiar objects in our lives. Sturges’ photographs are technically masterful, their absolute clarity bestowing a cool and rational lucidity to his work.
A digital exhibition catalogue available online.
Please contact the gallery for images and additional information or to arrange a preview of the exhibition.
Kenise Barnes, director: Kenise@kbfa.com
Lani Holloway, gallery manager: Lani@kbfa.com
B. Avery Syrig, sales support and admin. assistant: Avery@kbfa.com
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