Juror: Chris Verene
Say cheese! Capture the characters that make your family truly one-of a-kind.
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Exhibit Opens:||30 May 13|
|Artists' Reception:||7 June 13 17:30|
|Exhibit Closes:||23 June 13|
|We Are Family|
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
Images of the intimate moments between your most familiar familiars. The random snapshots of your kin's kooky happenings. These are the people who know you best, use this thread of familiarity that binds you for artistic creation and freedom. This exhibit is aimed to be a celebration of the many definitions of family; how the societal constructs defining family are ever evolving and changing. You know that old saying, "You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family." We are looking to choose your unchosen!
In 1991, I was a young man and an artist at twenty-one years old. I remember being thrilled to see images in a major museum catalog, "The Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort," (MoMA), that looked somewhat like my own: color art photographs, somewhat amateur, somewhat professional, full of sincerity and an interest in making every day personal family moments into something extraordinary. Not only was I encouraged to see work like mine in a book, but I had made tens of thousands of similar works before I had even achieved the legal drinking age, and that book made me think that I might be accepted and understood in my lifetime. Further, Galassi's book seemed to define a new genre of American photography, my own kind: a genre that now countless students and artists and educators refer to as an established mode of art-making in both hemispheres. With the advent of "We Are Family," at Darkroom Gallery, it is once again encouraging to see such good and meaningful artwork being produced that addresses topics that are near to my heart.
|At Table (Rachel's 40th)|
|Sundays on Corley Street-FAMILY SECRETS Series|
|Bliss Boys 2|
|Wounded, Marked, Stitched|
|Mom and Nana|
|Reading, Lilburn, GA|
|Bliss Boys 1|
|Picking wild flowers with Grand-Ma|
|Mom and Dad in a lavender field|
|At Table (Susie and mom)|
|Memory Lapse II_Odette and Kim_Breakfast|
|Uncle through Adoption|
|My Father's Ashes |
|Dave and Mom|
|Mom and Dave |
|Signs of Divorce-FAMILY SECRETS Series|
|Hiding from Ralph-FAMILY SECRETS Series|
|Bus Family, M5 Series|
|A real Dad plus three|
|Moment of Sisters|
|On the couch|
|Mother and Daughter - Barcelona, Spain|
|Pauline Lamb (Mama)|
|Preparandose para el Dia de los Muertos|
|The Reading Room|
|The Bad Kind|
- All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.
- Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition and a free exhibition catalog.
- Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition.
- People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
- We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.
Juror: Chris Verene
Chris Verene has been photographing three generations of his family, since 1984, in Galesburg, Illinois, a small town in the Midwest. Verene has been called a natural storyteller, focusing on the whole intimate truth of human narratives. Verene's work is in numerous major museum collections, and in 2001, was the first photographer to receive a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship. He has been published in several books, including his 2000 self-titled monograph by Twin Palms Press, and a Phaidon photography history entitled, Theater of the Face, Portrait Photography Since 1900. Verene is also a filmmaker and musician. ARTFORUM praised Verene as "depicting people with a combination of respect and clarity." Last year Verene's work was exhibited at The Tate Modern, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Walker Art Center. His new photography book, "Family," will accompany a traveling solo exhibition throughout the United States in from 2010-2013. Verene is represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York City. Verene lives and works in New York City, and is currently working on stills and a feature documentary motion picture entitled, "The Self-Esteem Salon."