Submissions to ABSTRACTION close in

EXHIBIT Closed on January 25th 2015

Juror: Tim Clark

Juror's Choice: "Call Me"  by Mark Indig from Valley Village, CA USA

They say, "a picture is worth 1000 words". For Con[text] we examine the relationships between textual symbols and images. 

Combining written word with images has a long history in art.  Medieval manuscripts in Christian Europe are interlaced with pictures that exist in a rhetorical relationship with the written text to create layered meaning and verbal or visual puns.  William Blake, eighteenth century British poet, published books of his writing with his own illustrations and quickly learned that the synthesis evoked meanings beyond the power of words or pictures alone.  Dadaists in early twentieth century Europe combined fragments of found text with appropriated photographic images to open alternative, sometimes irrational, paths of communication they felt were missing from art itself.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:2 January 15
Artists' Reception:18 January 15 16:30
Exhibit Closes:25 January 15
Con[text]
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Darkroom Gallery is calling for photographs that spell it out: images that utilize written language to get across meaning, add visual value and/or compositional balance.  Even those images that have letters hidden or barely noticeable within them, for one to subconsciously read and process.  From street signs to handwriting to collaged compositions all words, symbols & languages that read.  

Juror's Statement:

The 'Grocery image' really piqued my curiosity and stood out as a firm favourite. It's a simple yet deceptive picture, photographed from a cool, analytical distance. Graphic, textured and verging on abstraction, the formal qualities are all there on the surface for us to see. But it also subtly speaks of time and its passing through the traces left via scrawlings and notes which coupled with a gentle humour makes it very human.

 Tim Clark 


Call Me
Juror's Choice
Honorable Mention

Mark Indig
Valley Village, CA USA
Only Now Exists
Honorable Mention

Edson F. Scudder, Jr.
Charlotte, NC USA
Twenty 3
Honorable Mention

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA

Irene I see you in my dreams
Honorable Mention

Gioia Kuss
Weybridge, VT USA
"
People's Choice

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA
Kenmore Square 11

Alan Strassman
Weston, MA United states of america

ATM

Alexandria Donovan
Westport, Connecticut USA
Fish Ma

Alison Nguyen
Brooklyn, New York USA
Advisor

Alison Nguyen
Brooklyn, New York USA

Untitled

Alison Nguyen
Brooklyn, New York USA


Amy Kanka Valadarsky
Santa Monica, CA USA


Ashley Hansen
Ogden, Utah USA



Ashley Hansen
Ogden, Utah USA


Ashley Hansen
Ogden, Utah USA
Love and Hieroglyphics

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA

Times Square, NYC

Betsy Chapek
Underhill Center, VT USA
This System Destroys Humanity

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
Morning ritual

Christine Hinz Lenzen
Marquette, MI USA

Taylor Swift made you cry

Christine Hinz Lenzen
Marquette, MI USA
The morning you left

Christine Hinz Lenzen
Marquette, MI USA
Keep Out

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA

Second Amendment

Edson F. Scudder, Jr.
Charlotte, NC USA
To Do

Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA
Carcosa Beach

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA

ATM Alley - Laramie, Wyo.

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA
True Blood

Judith Monteferrante
Gloucester, MA USA
Apartment 3B

Ken Van Dyne
Cincinnati, OH USA

"

Lora Mancini
Shaftsbury, VT USA
Emergency Supply

Louise Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
Hygenic Dog Food CO

Lucas Krech
New York, NY USA

Composition with Sign Fragment 1

Lucas Krech
New York, NY USA
A Light Into the Dark

Maddie
Westport, USA
"

Magda Lates
Paris, France



Marti Belcher
Vienna, Virginia USA
Untitled 9

Morgan Ford Willingham
Vincennes, Indiana USA


Pamela Korman
Philadelphia, PA USA



Pierre Hauser
New York City, NY USA


Pierre Hauser
New York City, NY USA
Soon

Richard K. Kent
Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA

Afterimage Bananas

Richard K. Kent
Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA
Krakow Graffiti

Robert Heller
Knoxville, TN USA
untitled

Sam Beasley
Covington, TN USA

untitled

Sam Beasley
Covington, TN USA
untitled

Sam Beasley
Covington, TN USA


Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA



Sheila Newbery
Berkeley, CA USA


Sheila Newbery
Berkeley, CA USA


Sheila Newbery
Berkeley, CA USA



Vicky Martin
Leek, Staffordshire UK


Vicky Martin
Leek, Staffordshire UK


  • 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:Tim Clark

Tim Clark is the Editor-in Chief and Director of 1000 Words Photography Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to contemporary art photography in the UK and beyond. 

His writings have appeared in The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, FOAM, Time Lightbox, The British Journal of Photography and Next Level amongst other publications as well as in exhibition catalogues. He also regularly organises workshops with high-profile photographers such as Antoine d’Agata, Anders Petersen, Erik Kessels, Roger Ballen and Jeffrey Silverthorne in various cities across the globe. Clark has judged a number of awards and competitions such as The Paul Huf Award, freshfacedandwildeyed and The Google Photography Prize, and in 2011 joined the Academy of nominators for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. 

He has also been invited to review portfolios at The Saatchi Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, FORMAT International Photography Festival, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Encontros da Imagem and FotoFest Houston. Clark has previously held positions at galleries in both the public and private sector including Michael Hoppen Gallery, London.

Recent curatorial projects include 'Rebecoming: The Other European Travellers' at Flowers Gallery, London from 10 September-11 October 2014.

 

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