Still Life/ Life Still
EXHIBIT Closed on April 19th 2015
The study of inanimate objects; subject matter, placement and compositional balance imply meaning that surmount everyday functionality.
Historically, a still life composition is an array of commonplace objects, inert and set in space. These objects often include natural components such as plants, fruits, vegetables, nuts, flowers accompanied by man made objects like dishes, boxes, mirrors and vases within an interior setting at eye level like a table top.
While still life painting can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, it was with the Dutch painters of the 17th century that it was borne its own as a fine art genre. The rise of still life painting in the Northern and Spanish Netherlands reflects the increasing urbanization of Dutch and Flemish society, which brought with it an emphasis on the home and personal possessions, commerce, trade, learning. All the aspects and diversions of everyday life.
The key feature of a still life image is the degree of control that an artist can exercise over a work. Key elements that make up a still life can be arranged or composed by the artist at will within a studio setting the lighting can be designed and directed minutely. Still life compositions are recognized to be a pure form of art, while being pleasing to the eyes, they can be coupled with dizzying underlying meanings.
Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change) Exhibit Opens: 26 March 15 Artists' Reception: 29 March 15 17:00 Exhibit Closes: 19 April 15 Still Life/Life Still
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Items are often used that symbolize earthly pleasures: vanity and deluxe luxury juxtaposed by the fleeting nature of these types of objects. A ripe apple implies something completely different from a rotten one. Needless to say, the world has changed a lot since 1600 AD, so modern still lifes may harbor materials and objects that the old masters could never fathom, such as plasticine, fake fruit.
In my selection of the still life photography submissions, I chose images where I found a visual narratives over experimental photographic technique. Sometimes too much artificial creativity in a photograph loses the viewers engagement. I normally like looking at stories with multiple images that have some visual elements rather than single images, but I saw potential from the submissions. In some cases, the single images illustrated many emotions and I could come up with questions and produce my own answers to the image. It's just like I am enjoying a Zen dialogue over the image. I could also define the meaning of the image without knowing the photographer's intention or how they want people to react to the photograph.
|Linda’s Angels, from the series, “Collections"|
|Tackle Box Memories|
|Roadside Distraction #11|
|Tune Out :: Turn On|
|Two Eggs, Four Yolks|
|All Is Still|
|Signs of Life|
|Found Bird 64°07'40.7"N 21°55'35.3"W|
|Untitled #2, from the series, Collections|
|Josephine and Napoleon|
|Bear, Currier’s Quality Market, Glover, Vermont|
|Untitled Photograph, paired with found photograph|
|If I knew where to send them, I would have sent you flowers|
|He hid me behind a couch|
|Crossroads Women 3|
|Red Rag in Drain, 2014 |
| Life Force|
|Everyday Artifact 1.2|
|Havana Living #3|
|When I was 3, I wanted to be Heath Barkley from The Big Valley.|
|Feathers & Turquoise Chair, 2014|
|Asylum - Ode to Thomas Eggleston|
|The Hong Kong Leaf|
- 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: Yumi Goto
Independent photography curator, editor, researcher and consultant who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders.
She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, current social problems, human rights abuses and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organizations and as well as being involved as a nominator and juror for the international photographic organizations, festivals and events. She is now based in Tokyo and also a co-funder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold.