Verve Gallery of Photography is pleased to present a three-person exhibition with Verve gallery artists Henry Horenstein, Linda Ingraham, and Brigitte Carnochan. The public reception will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 5-7pm. The exhibition is on view through Saturday, May 4th, 2013.
HENRY HORENSTEIN - Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Henry Horenstein is a fine art photographer, teacher and author. He has practiced the three arts since the early 1970s. He is Professor of Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has authored over 30 books on photography. Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual, published while a graduate student has sold over 600,000 copies. Three other books, Beyond Basic Photography, Color Photography, and Photography are widely used in teaching photography. His monographs are: Creatures (1999), Aquatics (2001), Honky Tonk (2003), and Close Relations (2007).
Professor Horenstein was born in Massachusetts in 1947. Henry Horenstein was on a path to becoming a historian when he discovered photography. Captivated by the work of Robert Frank and Danny Lyon, he entered the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He was awarded his MFA at RISD in 1973.
Henry Horenstein is known for creating documentary portraits of distinct American sub-cultures, the world of horse racing, boxing clubs, baseball, and audiences and artists at honky-tonk bars, outdoor festivals, and community dances.
Horenstein’s work in this exhibition is Animalia. The portraiture work of animals and humans combines and explores elements of abstraction, patterns, textures, and the geography of skin, scales, and hair. We are invited to look closely at these intimate and provocative images, examine details, and pause to re-examine ourselves with respect to the other creatures with which we share this planet.
Horenstein's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally. Henry Horenstein photographs can be found in the public and private collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Fabrik der Kunste, Hamburg, Germany. In addition, his work is also in the Library of Congress, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.
LINDA INGRAHAM - Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Linda Ingraham creates interpretive images. She is drawn to the strength of an old oak tree, inspired by the vulnerability of a seedling, and touched by the beauty of a wilting flower. Linda began her artistic career as a painter and thus approaches the making of a photograph as if it were a painting. Thus, she creates an image rather than simply takes a picture. Her images are Photoshop improvisations, where she combines the different elements to create a composition she can continually modify. Her painting background is manifested in fabricating images. Some of her work is whimsical and surrealistic with imaginary and colorful landscapes, while other work is somber and sensitive consisting of lovely botanical renditions. In either case the viewer is invited to immerse oneself in sedate contemplation.
Linda was awarded her B.F.A. and a B.A. from the Universities of New Mexico and New Mexico State in Painting and in Art History. She has a B.A. in French and studied for two years at the Sorbonne in Paris and for two years at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Linda began exhibiting her art in 1994. She has been is solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Her work can be found in the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies in Addis Ababa and Santo Domingo, and in private and public museum collections. She is the recipient of an Artist Project Grant and a Professional Development Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She won third place in La Phoeniquera XI Juried Exhibition, and was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship.
Her gallery affiliations include The Larsen Gallery in Scottsdale, Ogilvie/Pertl Gallery in Chicago, and VERVE Gallery here in Santa Fe.
BRIGITTE CARNOCHAN - Portola Valley, California, USA
Northern California artist, Brigitte Carnochan, will exhibit fine art photographic images from her newest body of work, a collection of platinum palladium prints taken in her garden in Northern California, Leaving My Garden: The Beauty of the Natural World. Ms. Carnochan’s prints are made with one of the oldest photographic mediums, platinum. She selected this element, platinum, for its extravagantly long tonal range, depth, and permanence. The warm black, grey, and brown tones of the photographs further abstract the image, making it easy to reconfigure the pieces and the whole image. Thus, these collected works consists of diptych and triptych images of roses, peonies, grasses, dogwoods, poppies, rhododendrons, and irises.
Brigitte’s underlying philosophy for this work is based on the observation that in viewing art “People tend to look at photographs too quickly, superficially. They make assumptions of familiarity.” Thus, her goal is to slow the viewer so to appreciate images in more detail, to see the beauty of the natural world. “We see the world in pieces….” and then reconstruct it in our imaginations––creating a new reality. On second glance, a photographic image is nuanced differently. “In this series, the spaces between the image sections, like the leading in a stained glass window, become an integral part of the composition.” Her images are constructed so as to invite the viewer to have a second look.
Carnochan’s photographs are exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Her work is in museum, corporate and private collections.
Hudson Hills Press published Floating World this January, 2013. The book is a collection of images and poems, the twin arts of photography and poetry, where Brigitte Carnochan’s illusions complement the poetry of Japanese women from the 7th to the 19th Century. Both the trade edition of the book and the limited edition book with a special edition image are available in the gallery.
In 2006, Modernbook Editions published Bella Figura: Painted Photographs by Brigitte Carnochan. A limited edition monograph of her work, The Shining Path, was published by 21st Publications that same year.
Carnochan was named a Hasselblad Master Photographer for 2003 and her work has recently been featured on the covers of Camera Arts and Silvershotz and has been published in Color, Lenswork, Zoom, View Camera, Polaroid, Black and White, and Studija magazines. There are three photographic catalogs of her work. She teaches photography classes through the Stanford University Continuing Studies program.