Magnetic Pull is a selection of works by members of the Bay Area Photographers Collective (BAPC), a community of photographers who nurture each other’s professional and artistic growth. As curators, we are interested in the support structures artists create to sustain their practices over time – especially in a region that attracts so many artists to live, study, and work.
Collectives are a strategy that particularly intrigue us: The promise of a self-selected community seems almost utopian. Going into this process, we were curious how that kinship might show up in the individual images and bodies of work made by each member. We intuited that some kind of attractive force might be at play, drawing the artists not only to the individual subjects that compel them toward image-making, but to one another as colleagues and co-conspirators.
While we did not set out to curate a show about “these times” (in fact, much of this work was photographed before shelter-in-place orders due to COVID-19 went into effect), we are struck by the haunted sense of isolation and desolation that reflects the surreal circumstances of the past year. From the empty waiting area of Nick Winkworth’s Snack Time to the unpopulated agricultural spaces of Steve Goldband & Ellen Konar’s images of the Central Valley, from Tom Lavin’s abandoned structures to Nathalie Strand’s ghost-like images of interiors seemingly from another era — many of the spaces that make up this exhibition are marked by an uncanny lack of inhabitants. A deeper kind of loss permeates Angelika Schilli’s intimate untitled photographs of her Oma’s apartment and Mitch Nelles’ images of crumbling mausoleums.
Many of the landscapes have an otherworldly aura, toying with the camera’s ability to represent the physical world, some with a humorous edge. Richard Dweck’s rocky vistas and Rose Borden’s fog-filtered images evoke a sense of wonder and mystery. Maria Budner’s lone palm tree spied between barbed wire–topped fences invites interpretation, while Linda Fitch’s tree study from Hokkaido, Japan, offers a poetic visualization of seeing the forest for the trees. Ralf Hillebrand’s Bakersfield, California, juxtaposes gleaming metal pipelines among the arid fields. Steve Raskin’s series Error Messages memorializes the absurd and makes one wonder if perhaps what we are seeing are the remnants of some kind of alien abduction. Tamara Danoyan’s Inner Circles, not quite interior or exterior, evoke planetary portals. Form and Formless, by Cindy Stokes, hover somewhere between image and object, eliciting an intense, unconfined energy as if the flattened images of crashing waves have compelled themselves back into dimension.
When there are figures present in these photographs, they often function more as forms than as portraits – a tension exploited in Gene Dominique’s mysterious images of shadows in the museum and Ari Salomon’s humorous grouping of faces found in objects. Dan Fenstermacher frames the people in his works so that they are all nearly faceless, their cropped torsos and legs filling the frame with the color and pattern of their clothing. Rusty Weston’s images of video gamers playing together in public draw attention to the players’ intense focus and hunched submission. Only Anthony Delgado’s scenes of street life are fully animated by moments of preparation and waiting before a public celebration.
When pulled together, these images engage us in contemplating the tangled world around us, our need to explore it and understand it. The attractive forces at play – whether in the images themselves or the collective engagement of the artists who made them – are as complicated as the varied subjects on view: haunted and humorous, isolated and otherworldly, desolated and surreal.
Salmagundi Art Club
Professional Women Photographers (PWP) is proud to present Glimpses of Our World, a member-only exhibition juried by Magdalena Solé.
This exhibition asks members to explore subjects that are close to their hearts and themes that particularly excite them as photographers.
Exhibition juror, Magdalena Solé, is known for her sensitive expressions of culture through distinctive color artistry. Her work touches on the themes of displacement and human suffering, societies living on the margins and places forgotten or shunned by the mainstream. Her visual narratives are often inspired by poetry.
Glimpses of Our World will be on show at the Salmagundi Art Club, 47 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003 from February 4th through 16th, 2019. The opening reception will be held on Thursday February 7th, 6-8 PM.
Of Dreams and Reality
curated by Ann Jastrab
Please join me and 16 of my fellow BAPC photographic artists for our latest curated group exhibition. (I have four images in this show.)
September 15 – October 25, 2018
Public Program/Artist Talk w/Curator, Ann Jastrab: Saturday, October 13, 4:00-6:00 pm
“The conflation of reality and dreams is as apparent in much of what we think of as “fine art” photography as in life itself. In this exhibit of the work of the Bay Area Photographers Collective (BAPC), I explicitly juxtapose the two views. I am initially moved by the dream-like images that bring me back to the Pictorialists and some of my favorite early photographs where the line between reality and fantasy is blurred. Whether created by camera choice (pinhole, plastic, Polaroid, etc) or by the time of day and the type of light, the “dreamscapes” of artists like Adrienne Defendi and Rose Borden are soft and surreal. Double exposures, glowing light, focus questionable, images that remind me of the ideas that f64 tossed out the window. Other images, including those of Dan Fenstermacher and Ralf Hillebrand are more clearly documentary; street shots, captured by participant observers, traveling and capturing the world that unfolds before them. These photographers provide the strong sense of “reality” in the exhibition. Whether dream-like or realistic, the images in “Of Dreams and Reality” offer keen observation with heart, a memorable journey that I hope you too will enjoy.” — curator Ann Jastrab
Participating artists: Angelika Schilli, Anthony Delgado, Ellen Konar and Steve Goldband, Rose Borden, Ralf Hillebrand, Linda Fitch, Tom Lavin, Ari Salomon, Ken Hoffman, Dan Fenstermacher, Gene Dominique, Mitch Nelles, Denise Tarantino, Adrienne Defendi, Nick Winkworth, Cindy Stokes
Curator Ann Jastrab was the gallery director for Rayko Photo in San Francisco for ten years. She is also Editor in Chief for All About Photo.com. Ann has curated many exhibitions for RayKo as well as for the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Artspan, SFAI, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios at festivals and competitions around the world.
Ann Jastrab, curator for “Of Dreams and Reality” exhibit, will host a conversation with participating members of the Bay Area Photographers Collective on the show and their photographic images. Jastrab, the ten year gallery director for Rayko Photo Center and Editor in Chief for All About Photo.com will share her perspectives on the theme, the selection and sequencing process that make the show a “not to be missed” bay area photography show.
The program will also include a raffle of “Paloma” by Frank Espada, a BAPC founder, renown documentary photographer and activist whose work on the Puerto Rican Diaspora is held by the Smithsonian and other museums around the country. Raffle, exhibit catalog sales and a portion of print sales will support the life sustaining projects of the Foundation for Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria, in keeping with Frank’s commitment to social justice, equality and education in this country and the island of his birth.
Making of a Beautiful Bridge (Japan)
February 27 – March 4th, 2018 10:30am – 6:30pm
Location: “Gallery M” at Minatomirai Station, Yokohama, Japan
BAPC members exhibited at the annual Photo Yokohama Festival in Yokohama, Japan. An estimated 40,000 people attended this week of exhibitions, conferences and other events.
We had a group exhibition with an updated, smaller version of our Places of Change exhibition and six of our members will show their work individually (Rose Borden, Adrienne Defendi, Steve Goldband & Ellen Konar, Ken Hoffman, Ari Salomon).
This is part of a larger exhibition called Making of a Beautiful Bridge organized by our exhibition partner, SAMURI FOTO, a member-based photo collective.
Please join me and 13 of my fellow BAPC photographic artists for our latest curated group show – ANTHROPOSCENE! (I have two images in this show.)
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 27th 7-9pm
“The Anthropocene period is the geologic era marked by human activity. This exhibition explored the changes made to the natural landscape by Homo Sapiens.
Featured artists: Rose Borden, Adrienne Defendi, Anthony Delgado, Dan Fenstermacher, Steve Goldband & Ellen Konar, Ralf Hillebrand, Ken Hoffman, Thomas Lavin, Ari Salomon, Angelika Schilli, Cindy Stokes, Denise Tarantino, & Nick Winkworth
ANTHROPOSCENE: The changes made to the natural landscape by Homo Sapiens are the subjects of many socially engaged photographers these days. Richard Misrach and Edward Burtynsky, for example, find visual beauty and power in the industrial culture, while depicting as well their effects on and sometimes damage to the environment. If we are now used to seeing all human land use as insidious capitalism run amok, nineteenth-century landscape photographers like Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge, who worked for corporate interests and wealthy patrons a century ago in an age of industrial expansion, were neutral in tone, documenting both the grandeur of nature and what they saw than as the indomitable genius of human will and creativity. Something of this ambivalent tone pervades as well the 1970’s New Topographics movement of Lewis Baltz and others, which documented the “man-altered landscape” with the ironic humor and cool observation appropriate to the era of Pop and Minimalism. The typological studies by Bernd and Hilla Becher of blast furnaces and other industrial architecture have a compelling beauty despite the strict functionality (with slight variations) of their similar designs.
If the industrial-sized mistakes of our Anthropocene period, i.e., the geologic era marked by human activity, seem to augur eco-catastophe, the humanized landscape still affords us visions of beauty and even transcendence (and sometimes humor). The photographers of Anthroposcene peruse the contemporary world, finding meaning and even moments of grace within the dynamic human landscape of global capitalism. ”
Curator: DeWitt Cheng
– Closing Reception: Saturday, February 17, 1- 4 pm
– Artist Talk: Saturday, February 17, 3 – 4 pm
EXHIBITION DATES: January 27th – February 17th, 2018
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays 1-6pm & Saturdays 12-3pm
PLACES OF CHANGE
Show runs September 5 through October 18, 2017
Please join the members of the Bay Area Photographers Collective (BAPC) for the exhibit PLACES OF CHANGE. 15 BAPC members are exhibiting work inspired by changes from neighborhoods across the SF Bay Area.
– Rose Borden – Market Street
– Adrienne Defendi – Albany Bulb
– Anthony Delgado – Market Street
– Christine Federici – Albany Bulb
– Dan Fenstermacher – Market Street
– Linda Fitch – Palo Alto
– Ralph Hillebrand – Albany Bulb
– Susan Hillyard – Mission Bay/Dogpatch
– Ellen Konar, Steve Goldband – Redwood City
– Tom Lavin – Oakland Estuary
– Heather Polley– Albany Bulb
– Angelika Schilli – Mission Bay
– Cindy Stokes – Dogpatch
– Nick Winkworth – Redwood City/Docktown
Please join the members of the Bay Area Photographers Collective (BAPC), and the Alameda Photographers for the Opening Reception for our group show – A POINT OF TRANSITION. This exhibit features photographic imagery shot in several abandoned buildings on Alameda Point’s former military base which will soon be demolished as part of the area’s redevelopment plan. The photographers were granted special access to the buildings in July 2016, giving them a unique opportunity to document a facility that is usually sealed to the public, and will soon be lost to history.
Featuring over thirty images by seventeen of BAPC’s member-artists.
For more information about the Bay Area Photographers Collective, including how to become a member, please visit the BAPC website: www.bapc.photo
Oakland, CA: Pro Arts announces courage | MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION 2012: January 24 – February 17, 2012 Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 6 – 8 pm Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland (at Oakland Art Gallery) The exhibition is on view Tuesday, January 24 – Friday, February 17, 2012. An Artists’ Reception is scheduled Friday, February 3, 6 – 8 pm (First Fridays – The gallery is open until 9pm.) Exhibition events are free and open to the public. Pro Arts shares a vision of artists leading social change; creating new, risk-taking art makes way for change in our communities. The Members’ Exhibition is a new non-juried program created to expand exhibition opportunities for regional artists. The exhibition showcases over fifty artists responding to the title visual prompt – courage. The exhibition was shaped and developed in conjunction with the Members’ Exhibition Committee, a group of member artists coming together to inspire and dialogue with other artists. Pro Arts’ programs and services create platforms for inspiring and supporting art-making, and peer networks amongst artists. Pro Arts supports the arts within communities by serving the ongoing needs of artists. Pro Arts provides critical access to contemporary art in Oakland and the Bay Area through its independent curated exhibitions, capacity-building artist services, open studios and juried programs, and diverse collaborative programs. In addition to serving as an advocate for regional artists, Pro Arts offers youth and community programs to further engage art audiences that reflect innovative artistic expression, and the rich cross-section of cultures, ethnicity, age, and race in the Oakland/Bay Area. Additionally, Pro Arts provides professional art services to partnering institutions, and fiscal sponsorship to artists. “Like” Pro Arts on Facebook ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
ARTISTS ANNUAL EXHIBITION: SHINE December 17, 2011 – Jan 29, 2012 Opening Reception: Saturday, December 17, 5 – 7 pm Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley, CA The Artists Annual includes work in a variety of media from Berkeley Art Center’s eclectic and talented artist-level members. In this presentation a record number of 246 artists chose to submit work to this remarkable and surprising salon-style exhibition. Featuring a wide array of perspectives and varied levels of accomplishment, the Artists Annual celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of our cultural community and is a yearly tradition at Berkeley Art Center. Berkeley Art Center (BAC) serves the diverse and creative citizens of this unique regional area, through the presentation of visual art exhibitions and related programs that are relevant, engaging, and inspiring. BAC has established itself as leading local gallery presenting the work of talented regional artists in diverse media and hosts a variety of visual art exhibitions and related programs for its membership and the general public. Related programs have included the center’s widely praised Artist Lecture Series, artists’ talks and walk-throughs, panel discussions, Visual Thinking Strategies workshops and other educational opportunities appropriate to the exhibitions on view. “Like” Berkeley Art Center on Facebook ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
Press Release for State-wide Art Exhibition in Alameda, CA: 5th Annual, Island Alliance of the Arts, cross currents: Exhibition of California Artists July 6 – 29, 2011 Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9, 1–3 pm Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda, CA cross currents, a state-wide art exhibition, brings to mind images and forces flowing together and reminds us of the unique island-city of Alameda located in the San Francisco Bay Area. California artists interpret this theme within a variety of art mediums. Work by 28 emerging and established artists will be featured. The exhibiting artists are: Terry Bearden, Gretchen Blais, Bonnie Randall Boller, Rose Borden, Beth Bourland, Barbara Buhrz, Richard Cammack, Manli Chao, Patricia Edith, Mi’Chelle Fredrick, Teddy Goldsworthy-hanner, Jane Grimm, Miriam Infinger, Jon Kerpel, Charles Lucke, Mary Loughran, Glenna Mills, Jeanie Moran, Pat Payne, Dorothy Rozman, Peter Sanderson, Mark Schroeder, Kathleen Schwab, Cheryl Tall, Joan Tharp, Melissa Woodburn, Justin Yanke and student artist, Cyrus Ng. The cross currents postcard provides a glimpse of work in the show. Island Alliance of the Arts is a Public Benefit Nonprofit Organization, EIN 94 2885046. Donations are tax deductable. IAA provides networking, exhibitions and other resources for artists of all disciplines while promoting an awareness of global issues. For more information, email the President, Bonnie Randall Boller, at email@example.com, call 510-865-0541, or you may visit the web site at: islandallianceofthearts.org. “Like” Island Alliance of the Arts on Facebook