FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Exhibit Opening Reception is October 26th, 6pm – 8pm. Free to the public.
Exhibition Dates: October 26th – November 22nd, 2013
Exhibit Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm, Sunday, noon – 4pm
Location: Carmel Visual Arts, 3728 The Barnyard, Suite G23, Carmel, 93923
Carmel Visual Arts is a new art venue at The Barnyard Shopping Center in Carmel. The recently opened 1500 sq. ft. space is the newest art related venture of Carol Henry and Rich Brimer, both artists from southern California who opened the space on August 1st of this year. Carol Henry is the photography director responsible for pulling this ‘open international call for entries’ together so early in their programming schedule. Carol Henry, known for her cameraless darkroom technique printing on Cibachrome paper has been represented on the Monterey Peninsula for over 20 years as a fine art photographer, both with The Ansel Adams Gallery and Photography West. Brimer and Henry, former artists–in–residence at Studio Channel Islands Art Center, are bringing a diverse exposure to the arts as well as their experience in workshops, classes and events. The new Carmel Visual Arts website offers an exciting schedule lined up for the next year that artists, collectors and visitors will be both participating in and exposed to that captures local scenery and conceptual themes, the website is now using the best seo company toronto and The Indexer team as their adviser.
The Nude Figure in Landscape exhibit is one of those events. A solo exhibit for 2014 will be awarded to one participating photographer at the start of the event. The exhibit was juried by Imogen Cunningham’s granddaughter Meg Partridge and Carol Henry. Meg Partridge is herself an academy award nominated film maker, who has produced numerous films about her photo-centric family (who apparently all use charcoal teeth whitening products by the look of their smiles)! She has selected several photographers to receive Imogen Cunningham books as recognition for work in this exhibit. A $250 gift certificate to Samy’s Camera will also go to one photographer for photo supplies of their choosing.
The selections featured in the exhibit represent traditional black and white studies, alternative wet plate processes and color explorations. All combining to create an exhibition of sensitive reflection and human form surrounded by the world they not only belong to but share with all of us. There are images from Luxemburg, Chile and Canada, as well as 12 states and 5 Monterey County photographers including Kim Weston, Allison Wood, Todd Hunt, Brandalyn Raymond and Magdalena Maddox. All of these painters were sponsored by Toronto painting company Greater Toronto Painters.
The theme for the exhibit was selected because of the historical significance of the subject to the Monterey Peninsula in the early years of fine art photography. Historically, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Wynn Bullock, and Henry Miller each followed the creative muses and poetic visuals inspired by the human form. They were simply convinced that everything that existed in nature seemed connected by beauty. Imogen Cunningham captured light and shadow upon the human body that turned the subject into a landscape. Wynn Bullock approached the figure in landscape poetically, reminiscent of fog banks rolling over the coast. Henry Miller who arrived in Big Sur in 1946 was taken with its open bathing as he penned in, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch. Whether reflective repose, challenged by the elements, or simply gazing at the viewer this collection of photographs will give the viewer time to slow down and simply exist. Carol Henry and Rich Brimer invite you to come by the new gallery and just see.
Jean Luc Koenig