Simply Leaves / i You
photographs by JOAN POWERS
October 16 – November 22, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 17th 5-7 PM
Simply leaves is an outgrowth of a project begun several years ago entitled “Past Prime”. The subjects of these photographs were past their peak: the flowers were no longer blooming; many had been saved beyond any indication of life.
“For me these objects still have great form and beauty. Where others would discard them once the fresh perfect blooms expired, it was then they first came to life for me. Many of the leaves in this exhibition I saved for over four years before they looked ‘just right’ to be photographed.
Our society worships the young and beautiful, especially in women. Age changes the perception of beauty and in these photographs I deal with the beauty that comes after youth has faded away.”
BIO - JOAN POWERS – www.joanpowers.com
Joan Powers’ work in photography spans more than four decades and has been exhibited in the United States, Asia and Europe. Her first one person exhibition was at the Marsteller Advertising Gallery in New York City. Since then she has had 22 one person exhibitions and contributed to numerous group shows. Her work has been reproduced in Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Star Ledger and Newsday, as well as in many books on photography.
Born in Tucson, Arizona, Powers moved to the New York metropolitan area at a young age. She received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the City University of New York after which she began her professional career as a commercial photographer. In 1981 she began teaching on the university level. Powers is currently the Director of Photography at the C. W. Post/ Long Island University and in 2008 was awarded the status of Senior Professor.
TECHNIQUE - The photographs were taken with a large format 4”x5” view camera. The film was processed, scanned and the file was digitally printed with archival Epson ColorFast ultrachrome inks.
October 16- November 22, 2009
Opening Reception • Saturday, October 17, 2009 • 5-7 pm
Huntington, NY - Diane Lennea’s ongoing investigation with the cultural obsession of camera phones began in 2003 with a post 9-11 family. Once an object of emergency communication and roadside safety, now has become an icon of distraction, gratification and self-absorption. Vivid and evocative color palettes, larger than life prints, and a series of diptychs displaying duality play significant roles as they symbolize societal infatuation with self over others. Lennea romanticizes the culturally constructed self-identities commonly viewed on personal web pages. The images reflect the mundane, harried or alienated worlds we have fixated ourselves within. Ownership of photographs in the virtual and electronic world come into question as some of the images are captured by the artist’s young daughter, using the device flawlessly as a media toy. The cell phone as object is viewed as a prized possession acting as a constant companion, providing instant responses, and giving us a sense of importance in our transient lifestyles, even at the risk of neglecting responsibility. Many images are inspired by unexpected tragic current events such as the Midwestern Interstate bridge collapse and the Taconic Parkway accident.
Long Island native Diane Lennea has studied photography for more than twenty years with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. During her graduate studies at Columbia University, she specialized in the study of female adolescent photographic discourse. For more than a decade, Lennea has taught visual arts and photography in both public and private institutions in Providence, Atlanta, Boston and Long Island. Lennea is currently the Chairperson of the Art Department at New Hyde Park Memorial High School. Lennea utilizes technology, traditional darkroom and alternate processes to explore issues surrounding the idea of the feminine. Her photographs have been exhibited in New York City, Atlanta, Providence, the International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China, and the recent Islip Art Museum’s My Long Island. Exhibition Contact: Diane Lennea, firstname.lastname@example.org, 631.383.2126
fotofoto Gallery was founded in October 2003 by a group of Long Island based photographers desiring to promote experimental and traditional photographic processes. The gallery is located on the second floor at 372 New York Avenue in Huntington, NY. Visit our website at www.fotofotogallery.com
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