PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION SET TO OPEN JUNE 29 AT PVAC
The Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education presents Photography - an exhibition exploring a diverse group of emerging and established photographers covering a wide spectrum of visions, imagery and photographic methods. Curator: Scott Canty, PVAC Exhibitions Director. The exhibit opens June 29, 2012, and runs through August 12, 2012, at the Palos Verdes Art Center, located at the Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 261, Rolling Hills Estates. Galleries are open Mondays through Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm. Members’ opening reception is scheduled for Friday, June 29, 5-7pm.
Photography has always played an important part in the exhibition history at the Palos Verdes Art Center, and due to this rich history PVAC’s exhibitions will continue to intersect photographic based works throughout the programs and curatorial focus. As the digital medium widens its’ reach into all forms of image making, the Photography Exhibition will feature Anita Bunn, Anthony Castro, Bob Francis, Meg Madison, and Ed Martin - a diverse group of emerging and established photographers/artists who experiment and create new and innovating ways to stretch this medium into new and different approaches.
Anita Bunn’s work investigates the act of noticing, of turning away from spectacle. Her photographs, digital videos, and prints explore unfamiliarity with the familiar as well as how objects negotiate a shared space within a sprawling urban environment. There is an interest in the interplay between stillness and movement, stagnation and growth, my work seeks out the subtle shifts in perception that occur over time and through repetition, allowing for different ways of looking at an object and crystallizing the complexity and nuance that exist within a seemingly simple construct.
Anthony Castro studied photography three years ago and has since received his certification in photography at Long Beach City College. Castro is deeply involved in his community. Castro’s projects include taking photos of his community – and those that live there. The main challenge for this project was to go into someone private home, foreign to him and take an intimate portrait. The challenges were a technical exercise. Then something happened. Themes and patterns started to surface in his portraits.
Meg Madison will exhibit two series of her recent photographic explorations, Rightsizing Narrative and The Stream of Life. Rightsizing Narrative is a project that grew out of her investigation of memory, and the amazement of discovering what was an actual memory, and what was a memory of viewing snapshots or home movies of an earlier time. The Stream Of Life culls the present from pictures in the photographer’s archive. The moments in the past become the present as the photographer chooses them, and as the viewer looks at them. The past is a shadow on the moment of the viewing.
Bob Francis has been in the design and advertising business for over 30 years, as an art director, graphic designer and creative director. He imbues the images he capture with clarity and style that enhances the reality of the subjects by inviting the viewer to see not only incredible detail, but also the grace of the subject as a whole. As some of nature’s most varied and quietly spectacular output, flowers, as well as other perhaps more mundane, but no less interesting, bits of the plant world, provide endless detail and visual intrigue.
Ed Martin a retired cinematographer who was responsible for shooting hundreds of award winning television commercials over many years has developed a wonderful system of using the darkroom enlargers and scanners as a way of recording beautiful images. Ed states: “If you look with magic in your eyes, you will see extraordinary thing”. From a life of tragedy, Ed Martin has emerged with nothing less than a revolutionary form of photographic expression: poetry for the eye, massaging and caressing past the cerebral to the primal.
Also exhibiting will be one of PVAC’s Artists’ groups, the Paletteers. From detailed botanical watercolors, through impressionistic landscapes, to bold mixed-media abstractions, satiric graphic art on wood panels and animated videos, 90 works by 45 artists display the wide-ranging talents of the Paletteers. Members of this affiliate of the Palos Verdes Art Center are seasoned local artists, including instructors at PVAC and other schools. Many Paletteers have garnered awards and attracted devoted collectors of their works.
The Palos Verdes Art Center and Community School of Art, celebrating 81 years in the community, is a non-profit community organization serving southwestern Los Angeles County with visual arts exhibition, education and outreach programs. For more information about any of its many activities, exhibitions art classes or volunteer support groups please visit www.pvartcenter.org or call 310-541-2479.