Alter-Ego, Images Made with Toy Cameras and Alternative Photographic Processes
Presented by The Nave Gallery
May 2 - April 21, 2009
Exhibit dates: May 2-21, 2009 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 7th 7-9 p.m. Gallery hours: FRI 6-8 p.m.; SAT & SUN 12-5 p.m.; Special hours during Somerville Open Studios: May 2-3 12-6 p.m. April 25, 2009
Nave Gallery Celebrates Fifth Anniversary 36th Exhibition Opens May 2nd 'Alter-Ego, Images Made with Toy Cameras and Alternative Photographic Processes' SOMERVILLE, Mass. - The Nave Gallery opened May 15, 2004. This May ARTSomerville and the Nave celebrate its 5th anniversary with their 36th exhibition, appropriately entitled "Alter-Ego". Since its inception the Nave has become known as an innovative and alternative venue for visual artists and musicians alike. Curated by two young artists, Greer Muldowney and Bridget Kane, 'Alter-Ego, Images Made with Toy Cameras and Alternative Photographic Processes' showcases work that bucks the trend in the today's world of photography.
Curators' statement: During times of change, there are always those who rebel. In the current era of digital media, many photographers are reaching for ways to create work that is relevant in the world today, but by using manual processes that have enriched photography since its inception. Be it with taped up plastic toy cameras from the 1970s, to making their own pinhole cameras, to creating cyanotypes outside in the sun-these are not photographers who simply want to plug in their memory card and click away to create an image. There is a lot of trial and error, duct-tape and elbow grease in making each of these images. Many alternative photographers live by the mantra "don't think, just shoot". There are minimal options and settings in the cameras, and much is is left to chance, intuition and happy accidents. The process takes on a life of its own--be it light leaks in the camera, one frame overlapping to the next, or variations in environment and chemistry-- the intentional loss of control over the medium gives the artist an ability to let go of what might be sacred, as what is being captured through these mediums many times is unknown until the film is processed. It is a balance of give and take between the artist and the medium. These photographers portray work that is whimsical, nostalgic and engrossed in their respective mediums to create the work that has been chosen to display. With polaroid, cyantope and other analogue techniques falling to the wayside in this digital age, we hope to celebrate these artists and their unique processes at the Nave.
ARTISTS Leslie Bastress Heather Blakney Kayla Brenes Mark Richard Brown Derrick Burbel Christina Myriah Leshea Douglas Erica Frisk Alice Grossman Mellisa Gruntkosky Janisha Theresa Kelliher Ariel Kessler Mary Kocol Cassandra Martin Karen Molloy Natasha Moustache Dana Mueller Denyse Murphy Eric Nichols Cade Overton O Gustavo Plascencia Serrah Russell Shayna Erika Sidor Annie Smidt Roberta Stone David Strasburger Andy Takats Tricia Molly Van Nice V VanSant Ann Zelle Lexie Zippin During Somerville Open Studios, the Nave will be hosting free poetry readings by local New England writers in the gallery.
For a full schedule and lineup: http://www.artsomerville.org/event/2009/poetrySOS.html Also join us on May 16, as local bands come together to celebrate the Nave Gallery's fifth anniversary with a special tribute show at PA's Lounge featuring the music of Pixies lead singer and songwriter, Frank Black.