Tuesdays, February 21st—March 28th | 7:00 pm

PENUMBRA ARTIST SERIES SPRING 2017

Short interviews by Giada De Agostinis*


GREGORY HALPERN | Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 | 7:00 pm

Gregory Halpern has exhibited internationally and published four books of photographs, including ZZYZX (Mack, 2016), A (J&L Books, 2011), Omaha Sketchbook (J&L Books, 2009) and East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Études, 2014), a collaboration with Ahndraya Parlato. He is also the editor, along with Jason Fulford, of The Photographer’s Playbook: Over 250 Assignments and Ideas (Aperture, 2014). He holds a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. The Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation voted ZZYZX Photobook of the Year in 2016, and in 2014 he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

gregoryhalpern.com

 

 

You've been working and shooting in many cities and areas in America, but we have seen a work of your own hometown Buffalo only recently published in the latest Aperture issue American Destiny. What is your relationship to Buffalo? How has the city informed and affected your work or your destiny as a photographer throughout these years? 

The place is deeply a part of me and shapes, in many ways, how I see the world. The city’s population is half of what it was at its peak, and although there has been something of an urban resurgence (a Brooklynization, if you will, in small pockets) a huge portion of city remains plagued by abandonment and joblessness. The art world and academia operate largely outside of, and insulated from, those realities. I should say that while I feel connected to the place and defensive of it, I’m not entirely of it, and certainly not anymore. When I go back now, I vacillate between feeling completely out of place, while simultaneously at home.

Many of your works are the result of fruitful collaborations, as with Jason Fulford, and with your partner hndraya Parlato. Could you talk more about these collaborations and how your practice changes or gets influenced when you are working with other people? 

Ahndraya and Jason have had major impacts on my work; they have helped me arrive at final edits, and have helped me see the work more clearly while it was still in-progress. I don’t work in a vacuum, and I’m open to what others see in my work, especially if I trust their judgement as artists. So I think to some degree, the influence of Jason’s playfulness, or of Ahndraya’s surrealism, for example, has shown up in my own work, much to the work’s benefit I think.

In all of your works, your images talk through symbols, sometimes aggressive sometimes dreamy, always leaving the viewer to imagine what's behind them. Could you talk more about your personal experience in California which is the subject of your latest work ZZYZX?

My personal experience with California began with that great American tradition of driving there (from the East Coast)…. Romantic, cliché, and nonetheless perfect… It’s like being driven by a desire, towards an idea, fleeing something, discovering your country, yourself and your place in it…. Later, I moved to California for graduate school (fleeing my East Coast undergraduate experience at Harvard and hoping, maybe to recreate myself in a place, like so many others try in California, a place without the weight of history, or at least with a healthy disrespect for it)… I chose CCA because Larry Sultan taught there. Larry was, as much as anything, a California artist and really a Southern California artist (in spirit) even though he lived in San Francisco. Anyway, it took me years before I felt like I was able to make successful pictures in there. Beginning in 2006, after I had moved back East, I started flying out to California about once a year to photograph. I started spending increasingly more time each year, starting off with a couple weeks, eventually staying for a month or more, and then finally moving back out there for a year when I got a Guggenheim complete this project… 


 

LAUREN SEMIVAN | Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 | 7:00 pm

Lauren Semivan (b. 1981) was born in Detroit, Michigan. She holds a BA from Lawrence University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at many galleries and museums including the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Hunterdon Art Museum, and Cranbrook Art Museum.  She has been a finalist for The John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, and SF Camerawork’s Baum Award for Emerging Photographers.  Her work was recently published in Black Forest: Four Visual Poems (Candela Books, 2014) and has appeared in The New Yorker, Artforum, and Photograph magazines.  Semivan’s work is part of permanent collections at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, and the Wriston Art Galleries at Lawrence University.  She lives and works in Detroit, MI, and is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York, and David Klein Gallery in Detroit.  Her second solo exhibition with Benrubi Gallery opens this June.

laurensemivan.com | benrubigallery.com

 What led you to photography? How did you start?

I studied music (violin) from an early age but became frustrated with restrictive interpretations of classical repertoire.  

I discovered the large format view camera while studying with John Shimon and Julie Lindemann at Lawrence University.  The view camera felt primitive but complex at the same time like the violin.  I became fascinated with the idea that in photography you could make your own world in which anything could happen or exist.  I think the experience of studying music so intensely has greatly informed the way that I work. This particular image was one of the earliest I made using the studio wall as a backdrop.  I thought of these early pictures as etudes.

You often gather items from your daily life and let them be part of your photographs. What is your relationship to these objects? How do they become part of your practice? Or how do you relate to them when you're shooting?

I am drawn to specific objects for their abstract interpretive potential.  I take walks in my neighborhood with no specific thought in mind, but poetic relationships between concepts or ideas and objects I encounter reveal themselves to me. Then try to incorporate them into an image. I can relate it to the surrealists and objective chance.  In Nadja, Andre Breton talks about objects or events presenting a signal.  Sometimes I am drawn to objects first for their photogenic qualities, and then more significant meaning reveals itself in the context of the other elements within the photograph.

 In your Observatory project, you state that "Knowing and feeling are not separate" and also that your work "draws upon a tension that exists between irrational and physical worlds." Could you tell us more about this?

I rely on my intuition when I am working, and I consider the things that we feel or sense just as important as what we know empirically or quantitatively as fact. Both are physical in some way or another, and this is what connects art and science.  I am continually seeking out knowledge of myself and my experiences through my own environment and through metaphor, even though I may not know exactly what it is I am doing at the time, the act of looking and seeking meaning in the first place feels like the more important part.


 

BRYAN GRAF | Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 | 7:00 pm (previously scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th, 2017). Due to the impending snowstorm, we have rescheduled this lecture. 

Bryan Graf navigates the photographic medium with a discursive interest in the history of photography and it’s relationship to design, painting, and narrative fiction. His practice involves mixing tracks (or prints) that have visceral, optical and conceptual relationships with each another.

Recent solo shows include The Sun Room at Yancey Richardson, New York, NY and Moving Across The Interior at Halsey Mckay, East hampton, NY. Grafʼs work has recently been featured in Second Nature: Abstract Photography Then and Now at the Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation at the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. Grafʼs work has appeared in numerous publications, including Blind Spot, Harpers and The New York Times.

He has published three books: Wildlife Analysis (Conveyor, 2013), Moving Across the Interior (ICA@MECA, 2014), and Prismatic Tracks (Conveyor, 2014). He is a 2016 grant recipient from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

bryangrafstudio.com | yanceyrichardson.com

I read you started doing photography with your friends while skateboarding. Could you tell us more about those days? What drove you to take the camera?

It was a pretty causal way to get into photography. I was more interested in skateboarding than photography at the time. As a lot of kids growing up in the 90’s did, I used those disposable film cameras to photograph my friends while we were skateboarding and hanging out. After a while I became more and more interested in photography and started making it a priority to wander around and shoot.

A lot of your photography plays around the idea that images should not lead viewers to any conclusion, but rather be a way to explore their feelings. How much do you let your own feelings filter into your working process?

It’s not so much about ‘feelings’ as it is about firmly believing that prescribing a precise content for viewers to receive and digest is not productive, or interesting. I’m not a doctor, I’m not here to give you a pill to swallow which encapsulates a finite and preconceived reception for my work. I’m much more interested in my photographs being pieces of persuasion, and that the content derived from the work is a subjective, personal experience that can vary from person to person. I believe that content is cumulative and can come from the tension, or debris, between images more so than individual images.

Is there a contemporary artist (not necessarily in photography) who is a current inspiration for your work?

My friends Gregory Halpern and Curran Hatleberg always amaze me with their ability to infuse a poetic tone with razor sharp observations that build over time to form these complex, multi-layered tomes that I find are akin to the narratives, and economy of description, found in short stories by Raymond Carver and Joan Didion.


 

ABELARDO MORELL | Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 | 7:00 pm

Abelardo Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948. Morell received his MFA from The Yale University School of Art in 1981.

His publications include a photographic illustration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1998) by Dutton Children’s Books, A Camera in a Room (1995) by Smithsonian Press, A Book of Books (2002), Camera Obscura (2004) by Bulfinch Press and Abelardo Morell (2005), published by Phaidon Press. 

His work has been collected and shown in many galleries, institutions and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, The Chicago Art Institute, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Houston Museum of Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Victoria & Albert Museum and over seventy other museums in the United States and abroad. 

abelardomorell.net | houkgallery.com

Your images made with the camera oscura technique made us explore different worlds, entering an oneiric imagery. How do you choose the interiors where you set up the camera when you're travelling? Could you tell us more about the process and the whole experience of setting this up or how it has evolved throughout the years? 

Usually I find a view that I want to enter a room- that’s the most important part- finding a place with a room is secondary but the qualities of the space matters too. Often, the architectural details of a room really work well with the incoming image. 

Because I use a digital camera my exposures now have gone from hours to a couple of minutes. These shorter exposures can capture more specific moments of light events which I like very much- It’s nice to actually see clouds in these rooms.

You have a show opening in New York on March 9 called Flowers for Lisa, a romantic homage to your partner. How has this relationship influenced your practice and creativity?

Lisa and I have been together for 40 years. In a way these flower pictures serve as a poetic narrative of our life together and the many events - good and not so good - that we have shared.

Your vision seems to be very much imbued by painting. We see a lot of contaminations from art movements such as surrealism and impressionism in your photographs. But you also use your own painting to create images. Could you tell us more about this intertwined relation between painting and photography?

I have always loved paintings. Because I don’t really have much skill in drawing or painting I have felt insecure making art that way. With the Flowers For Lisa project and the Cliché Verre work I have ventured into the painting territory and combining it with photographic information. I would say that I’m interested in the sort of hybrid these two media make


 

YOUNG SUH | Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 | 7:00 pm

Young Suh lives and works in Albany (in the San Francisco Bay Area, California). His photographic work addresses the complex nature of the human involvement in managing natural resources and the shifting concepts of nature in the contemporary society. Over the last 12 years he has completed two major projects, “Instant Traveler” and “Wildfires.” He had solo exhibitions with Haines Gallery, San Francisco, Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, Clifford Smith Gallery, Boston, and Gallery ON, Seoul, Korea. His work was also shown at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Seoul International Photography Festival. His latest work has been exhibited at Mills College Art Museum. It is titled “Can We Live Here? Stories from a Difficult World,” a multimedia exhibition of photography, video, and performance created in collaboration with poet Katie Peterson. He is currently Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Department of Art and Art History at University of California, Davis.

Can you talk about who inspired you in your earlier career? Is there a photographer or a painter you get inspiration from?

I love Robert Frank, not just the famous book, The Americans, a classic of both photography and American road trip literature, but the whole career, including the strange films like Me and My Brother. I don’t think Frank ever really worked around the idea of a “project” and at least right now I don’t want to do that kind of work – even in The Americans he gets distracted a lot. The book is actually one long distraction from one place to another. Frank brings art into life – he considers the two at the same time, and he lets the pictures get messy as his life gets messy. Nan Goldin and Alex Soth are photographers I admire for the same reason, though they led far more exciting lives than I ever do. 

Your projects, facing environmental issues, reveal a suspended narrative between dream and catastrophe, could you tell us more about it? What makes you choose these themes? What is your own relationship to nature?

Nature terrifies me. My wife is from California and she loves open spaces and the mountains and feels safe in them. I don’t – the American West fills me with fear and something like the National Parks makes me feel apprehensive, because it marks the land with some idea that we could mythologize it, control it. At first, when I was photographing parks and wildfires, I was interested in how humans tried to control nature. This is a major issue during a time when climate change has shown us exactly how human activity has raised the temperature of the planet. Images of people struggling in nature are still compelling to me, but I’ve gotten less interested in people trying to control it than in those times when people are at the mercy of it. We humans are not yet in control of nature completely. So I got interested in taking pictures of people with animals, for example, because I wanted to see what people looked like when they weren’t in control. We should preserve those experiences, value them, and investigate them. 
 
How California and Korea influenced the use of light in your photography?

In California there is too much of it and in Korea, a winter country at a slightly higher latitude, there is not enough. I have noticed in my pictures I either have a surfeit of light (for example, trying to fit a fire into an already-hot day, or icy glaciers against a slate-gray sky) or a lack of it (I made a film once of the lights of a ferryboat at night slowly going off). I’m a moody person and I like dramatic extremes of light, and in California you notice that in ordinary situations. Light is the opera of our lives in California – people say that this is a “chill” state but the intensity of light never tells us to calm down the way, say, a Northeastern winter day does. 


 

FARRAH KARAPETIAN | Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 | 7:00 pm

Farrah Karapetian makes photography physical. Her work "marries two traditions in photography — that of the staged picture and of the image made without a camera" (LA Times 2015.) Her photograms and the sculptural negatives she makes en route to their exposure move in and out of abstraction and figuration and "disrupt and call attention to our era’s deeply entrenched response of permitting the constant newsfeed of documentary to slide by us as political ephemera"(Georgia Review 2015.) Her work is in public collections that include the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. She has had multiple solo exhibitions and is represented by Von Lintel Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) and Danziger Gallery (New York, NY.) Current exhibitions include A Matter of Memory, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY (2016); The Surface of Things, Houston Center for Photography (2016); and About Time: Photography in a Moment of Change, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (2016.)

farrahkarapetian.com | danzigergallery.com

As a student, or even before or after, how did you start developing your passion for photograms? What inspired you earlier in your life to choose this path as your visual language?

I was inspired to make this photogram by two things: finding in the New York Times a documentary photograph of a house blown apart by a hurricane, and thinking about the notion of shape as form in high Modernist painting. My formal practice evolves in the service of meta-narratives about the dissemination of culture. What news do we see, how do we usually see it, how can I spend more time with it, and how can my work motivate you to do the same? Photography is such a physical medium. You can't do it sitting down. I am fascinated by how photography makes me move, and how I can use it to make other people move as well. 

Some of your work (specifically Soundscapes, Shape of Sound and Cymbalscapes) is clearly influenced by music: what is your relationship to it? What do you like to listen? 

Leo Tolstoy opens Anna Karenina with the line, "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Think about this in terms of constants and variables in art-making: any accident or conflict, if you pay attention to it, can be productive. By "pay attention", I mean that one has to a) set up parameters and have expectations; b) notice that something has occurred that was not what one intended; and c) decide whether or not to pursue the unintended consequence of accident and incorporate it into a new set of parameters. As much as photographers usually like to talk about technique and anecdote, what they're really talking about is the medium's steadiest bed fellows: chance and control.

How has California influenced your practice? is there a place or a museum you always come back to as it affects your vision or you're emotionally bound to it?

I make negatives, but I always want the way that I do that to be significant. There are no defaults left for long in my practice. Any one material means something: glass is vulnerable, the photograph has a reputation for facticity, resin has something to do with history, and so on. Here is a negative I made out of glass and steel, using the logic of light to describe a linear shadow on the wall from the drumset's armature and a volumetric one from its cymbals. Moholy Nagy made sculptural negatives too. Mine just have reference points embedded in their abstract arguments. The referent gives you somewhere to start before you spin out alongside me in a body of work. 


 

* Giada De Agostinis is a freelance editor. She earned an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University and divides her time between the Aperture Foundation and Paper Journal's editorial departments.


AN EVENING WITH ANDREA MODICA & LARRY FINK

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 | 7:00 pm

Image © Andrea Modica. Lunenburg, Vermont. Courtesy of the artist.

Image © Andrea Modica. Lunenburg, Vermont. Courtesy of the artist.

Andrea Modica was born in New York City and lives in Philadelphia, where she works as a photographer and teaches at Drexel University and the International Center of Photography. A graduate of the Yale School of Art, she is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of a Knight Award. Modica has exhibited extensively and has had solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts. 

Her publications include Treadwell (Chronicle Books, 1996), Human Being (Nazraeli Press, 2001), Barbara (Nazraeli Press, 2002), Fountain (Stinehour Editions, 2008), L’amico del cuore (Nazraeli Press, 2014) and As We Wait (L'Artiere, 2015).

Andrea Modica’s photographs are part of the permanent collections of numerous institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, and the Bibliotheque Nationale.

andreamodica.com

Besides working as a professional photographer for over fifty-five years, Larry Fink has had one-man shows at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art amongst others. On the European continent, he has had one-man shows at the Musee de l’Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Musee de la Photographie in Charleroi, Belgium. He has been awarded two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships and two National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Photography Fellowships. He has been teaching for over fifty-two years, with professorial positions held at Yale University, Cooper Union, and lastly at Bard College, where he is an honored professor.

larryfinkphotography.weebly.com


PENUMBRA ARTIST SERIES FALL 2016

Tuesday , November 15th, 2016

Image © Milagros de la Torre. Under the Black Sun (Policemen), 1991-1993. Archival pigment print on cotton paper, mounted on aluminum. 80 x 60 in.

MILAGROS DE LA TORRE is an artist working with the photographic medium since 1991. Her images involve extensive research and examine intimate representations of violence, its residual effect on the individual, and the structures of remembrance. She studied Communication Sciences at the University of Lima and received a B.A. (Hons) in Photographic Arts from the London College of Communication. Her first solo exhibition, curated by Robert Delpire, was presented at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.   She received the Rockefeller Foundation Artist Grant and was awarded the Romeo Martinez Photography Prize and the Young Ibero-American Creators Prize. In 2003, her artist book Trouble de la Vue  was published by Toluca Editions, Paris. She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship (2012), The Dora Maar Fellowship from The Brown Foundation (2014), The Peter S. Reed Foundation Award in Photography (2016) and was the recipient of a ‘Merited Person of Culture Award’ from the Minister of Culture in Peru (2016). Her work has been exhibited broadly and is part of permanent museum collections in America and Europe. In 2012, The Americas Society, N.Y. presented "Observed", a solo show, curated by Prof. Edward J. Sullivan and the Museo de Arte de Lima, MALI honored her with a mid-career retrospective exhibition.  Born in Peru, De la Torre lives and works in New York.

rolfart.com.ar | tolucafineart.com

Tuesday , November 8th, 2016

Image © Suné Woods. Landings, 2015, 10.5”x 17”, mixed media collage.

SUNÉ WOODS is an artist living in Los Angeles. Her work takes the form of multi-channel video installations, photographs, and collage. Woods practice examines absences and vulnerabilities within cultural and social histories. She also uses microsomal sites such as family to understand larger sociological phenomenon, imperialist mechanisms, & formations of knowledge. She is interested in how language is emoted, guarded, and translated through the absence/presence of a physical body. 

She has participated in residencies at Headlands Center of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Light Work. Woods is a recipient of the Visions from the New California initiative, The John Gutmann Fellowship Award, and The Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer.

sunewoods.com

Tuesday , November 1st, 2016

Image © Meghann Riepenhoff. Littoral Drift #05 (Recto/Verso, Rodeo Beach, Sausalito, CA 08.01.13, Two Waves, Dipped); unique cyanotype, 24"x48".

Image © Meghann Riepenhoff. Littoral Drift #05 (Recto/Verso, Rodeo Beach, Sausalito, CA 08.01.13, Two Waves, Dipped); unique cyanotype, 24"x48".

Born in Atlanta, GA, MEGHANN RIEPENHOFF is based in Bainbridge Island, WA and San Francisco, CA. She received a BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia, and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, where she is a member of the visiting faculty. Her work is represented by Yossi Milo Gallery and Euqinom Projects. She has been exhibited at the High Museum of Art, the Worcester Art Museum, Galerie du Monde, San Francisco Camerawork, Aperture, and the Center for Fine Art Photography. Her work is in the collections of the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Worcester Art Museum, and has been published in Harper’s Magazine, Aperture PhotoBook Review, The New York Times, TIME Magazine Lightbox, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the recipient of a Fleishhacker Foundation grant, and is speaking at What Light Can Do, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s upcoming lecture series. 

meghannriepenhoff.com

Tuesday , October 25th, 2016

Image © Sarah Palmer. Light Passes, Archival Pigment Print, 30" x 24", 2016.

Image © Sarah Palmer. Light Passes, Archival Pigment Print, 30" x 24", 2016.

SARAH PALMER was born in San Francisco and lives in Brooklyn. She is an artist and an educator whose work has been exhibited most recently in "Original Copy" at the 2016 SPRING/BREAK Art Show, as well as at the Foam_fotografiemuseum and the Wild Project in recent years. She was awarded the 2011 Aperture Portfolio Prize and made a self-published artist book, Waves, in late 2015 and early 2016.

sarahpalmer.net

Tuesday , October 18th, 2016

Image © An-My Lê. 29 Palms: Night Operations III, 2003-04. Gelatin silver print, 26 1/2 x 38 inches. Courtesy of Murray Guy Gallery and An-My Lê.

Image © An-My Lê. 29 Palms: Night Operations III, 2003-04. Gelatin silver print, 26 1/2 x 38 inches. Courtesy of Murray Guy Gallery and An-My Lê.

AN-MY LÈ was born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1960. She left Vietnam during the final year of the war in 1975 before finding a home as a political refugee in the U.S. Lê received an MFA from Yale University in 1993, and between 1994 and 1998 she made several trips back to Vietnam to discover and photograph her native country in peacetime. Since then Lê has explored the military conflicts that have framed the last half-century of American history: the war in Vietnam and the war in Iraq. But she approaches these events obliquely; instead of addressing her subject by creating reportage of actual conflict, she photographs places where war is psychologically anticipated, processed, and relived: Vietnam War re-enactments in Virginia and North Carolina (in her series Small Wars); and the US Marines’ training in the “virtual” Afghanistan and Iraq of the Californian desert (in 29 Palms). Lê has had solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Art Museum, the Charles Scott Gallery at Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg; DIA: Beacon, New York; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and P.S.1 MoMA, New York, among many other institutions. Lê is the recipient of numerous awards, including fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation in 2012. She is a professor of Photography at Bard College.

anmyle.com / murrayguy.com

Tuesday , October 11th, 2016

Image © Aspen Mays. Bandanna, 2016, gelatin silver photogram 24 x 20 inches. Courtesy of Higher Pictures and the artist.

Image © Aspen Mays. Bandanna, 2016, gelatin silver photogram 24 x 20 inches. Courtesy of Higher Pictures and the artist.

ASPEN MAYS was born in 1980 in Asheville, North Carolina and received her MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. She has had solo exhibitions of her work at the Center for Ongoing Projects & Research in Columbus, Ohio and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Her work has also been included in the recent exhibitions, State of the Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Tales from a Dark Room at the New Mexico Museum of Art, and Double Back: Photographic Reflexivity at the University of Maryland. She is currently Assistant Professor at California College of the Arts. Mays lives and works in Oakland, California.

aspenmays.com / higherpictures.com

Tuesday , October 4th, 2016

Image © Eileen Quinlan. The Crow, 2016. Gelatin silver print, 25 x 20 inches (63.5 x 50.8 cm). Courtesy of Miguel Abreu Gallery and the artist.

EILEEN QUINLAN was born in Boston, MA and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an MFA from Columbia University. Quinlan frequently participates in group shows and has mounted more than a dozen solo shows internationally since 2005. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art LA, and FRAC (Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain), France, among others. Recent shows include joint solo exhibitions at Campoli Presti Galleries in London and Paris, and group exhibitions Image Support at Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Transmission, Recreation and Repetition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Lens Work at LACMA in Los Angeles, and New Photography at the Museum of Modern Artand What Is a Photograph at the International Center for Photography, both in New York. Quinlan's work is represented by Miguel Abreu Gallery, in New York.

eileenquinlan.com \ miguelabreugallery.com


 

AN EVENING WITH SUSAN DERGES (in conversation with NAomi Itami)

Friday , September 16th, 2016 | 7:00PM

Image © Susan Derges. Eden 5. From the series: Eden & The Observer. Lambda print. 40 X 95 inches, 2004. Courtesy of Danziger Gallery and Susan Derges.

Born in London, England in 1955, SUSAN DERGES currently lives and works in Dartmoor, Devon. From 1973-1976 she studied painting at Chelsea School of Art in London. From 1981 to 1985 she lived and worked in Japan, returning to London in 1986 with the influences of Japanese minimalism and integrating this into her discovery of camera-less photography processes. Throughout her career Derges has been the recipient of many awards, fellowships, and residencies where she has been able to further pursue her artistic interest in science. She has received residencies at the Museum of the History of Science attached to the University of Oxford, The Eden Project Education Centre in Cornwall, Stour Valley Arts Project in Kings Wood, Kent, and Maudsley Hospital in London, among others. She has been exhibited throughout the world in both solo and group exhibitions. Her work has been exhibited at Purdy Hicks Gallery in London, Johyun Gallery in Seoul, Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh, Paul Gasmin Gallery in New York, Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, and Tokyo Design Centre, among many others. Her work can be found in many collections, including: Arts Council of England, Victoria & Albert Museum, San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Eden Project, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Hara Art Museum, among others. Susan Derges is represented by Purdy Hicks Gallery in London and Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh. Derges latest New York exhibition will be opening on September 14th, 2016 at  Danziger Gallery.

susanderges.com

Naomi Itami is a cross-disciplinary artist working in lens-based media and sound. Formerly an international opera singer, she holds several Masters degrees including one from the LCC in Photography. She writes on the arts and is a frequent contributor to various publications including Hotshoe Magazine, Photomonitor and LensCulture. A Bay Area native, she currently resides in London, UK.


PENUMBRA ARTIST SERIES WINTER/SPRING 2016

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Image © Hannah Whitaker. "Barn", 2015

HANNAH WHITAKER is an artist and Triple Canopy contributing editor based in New York. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from ICP/Bard College. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles, Galerie Christophe Gaillard in Paris, and Locust Projects in Miami. She recently published her first book, Peer to Peer, with Mörel Books. In 2012, she was nominated for the Rencontres d’Arles Discovery Prize. 

http://hwhitaker.com/

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

John Chiara © Sanderson at Corporation, Coahoma County, Mississippi, Camera Obscura Ilfochrome Photograph, Unique, 34'' x 28'', 2013

Bay Area photographer JOHN CHIARA captures cityscapes in a process that incorporates a hybrid of photographic media. He creates one-of-a-kind photographs in a variety of hand-built cameras, the largest of which is a 50” x 80” field camera transported by the artist on a flatbed trailer. Once a location is selected, he situates and then physically enters the camera, maneuvering in near total darkness positive color photographic paper on the camera’s back wall. Throughout the exposure, he controls how the light enters the lens by using his hands to burn and dodge in the image. These large-scale photographs are developed by hand in a spinning drum process that agitates the chemistry over the photographic paper that lines the interior of the drum – a process that often leaves behind traces on the resulting image.

http://www.johnchiara.com/

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Image © Sharon Harper. Wind Turbines, La Palma, Canary Islands, Chromogenic-Print, 2013.

SHARON HARPER's work explores technology and perception in relation to the natural world. She is the recipient of a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography and has been awarded residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center and the Monastery of Halsnøy, Norway. Her work is in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Harvard Art Museums, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in Santa Barbara, California, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and The New York Public Library among other collections. She received an MFA in photography and related media from the School of Visual Art in New York. She is currently Professor of Visual Art, Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.

http://www.sharonharper.org/

March 29th, 2016

Image © Lucy Helton. "Transmitted Geological Landscape 8φ 64° 48' 13'' Nλ 23° 46' 41'' W", Thermal Print. 2014

Born in London and based in New York, LUCY HELTON received her master’s degree in fine art photography from Hartford Art School, CT, in 2014. Her first book "Actions of Consequence" was nominated for the MACK First Book Award 2014, shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award 2015, and The Anamorphosis Prize 2015. "Actions of Consequence" was also included in the 2015 Best Photo Book selection by the Humble Arts Foundation. Her most recent book "Transmission" (Silas Finch, 2015) is a communication from our future to our recent past and it was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture First Book Award 2015. Helton is immersed in photo book making and has participated in various book fairs and festivals in New York, L.A., London, Germany and France.

http://www.lucyhelton.com/

March 22th, 2016

Image © John Cyr. "Ansel Adams' Developer Tray", 2011

JOHN CYR (b. 1981) is a New York based photographer and Assistant Professor of Photographic Imaging at Suffolk County Community College. Cyr earned his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2010 and his work has been featured in various publications including the New York Times, BBC News, ARTnews, TIME, NPR, Popular Photography, the Telegraph and Photo District News and is the author of the powerHouse published monograph, Developer Trays. Cyr's photography is represented in many notable public and private collections including: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Rochester, New York; The Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Washington D.C.; and The New York Public Library, New York, New York. John Cyr is represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. 

http://www.johncyrphotography.com/

March 8th, 2016

Image © Victor Sira. "Mark 01"

VICTOR SIRA is a Venezuela-born photographer/artist whose work has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Andrea Frank Foundation Fellowship and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Sira is a faculty member at the ICP–Bard MFA Program in Advanced Photographic Studies, where he teaches the course The Book: Imaginary Studio, A Non Stop Process. In 2011, he co-founded, with Shiori Kawasaki, Bookdummypress (bdp), a publishing company, studio, and bookstore that specializes in artist publications.

http://victorsira.com/

March 1st, 2016

Image ©  Chris McCaw. Sunburned GSP #835 (Mojave), 2015. 20"x24" unique gelatin silver paper negative

At age thirteen, CHRIS McCAW’s mom forced him to take a photo course at the community center.  He got hooked instantly. Concurrently, McCaw spent his youth in the punk and skateboarding scenes, taking the “DIY” motto of those cultures and applying it to photography. The first camera he built in 1995 was a 7x17” view camera to make contact negatives for platinum prints. Over the ensuing decades—and particularly with his Sunburn project—McCaw has used photographic materials, especially expired gelatin silver paper, in groundbreaking ways.  His work is held in numerous public collections, and in 2012 a monograph Sunburn was published by Candela Books. His second solo exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery will be opening on March 4th. 2016.

http://www.chrismccaw.com/


PENUMBRA ARTIST SERIES FALL 2015

December 1st., 2015

Image © Vera Lutter. Radio Telescope, Effelsberg, XVI: September 13, 2013.
94 1/8 x 84 inches

VERA LUTTER was born in Kaiserslautern, Germany. After receiving a diploma in fine arts from the Munich Academy in 1990, she studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In addition to several solo shows, Lutter has undertaken a number of commissions. Recent solo shows include The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas (2005); Foundation Beyeler, Switzerland (2008); Carré d’art Musée d’Art contemporain, Nimes (2012); “Inverted Worlds,” Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2015, traveling to New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana, through 2016); and “This is a Photograph,” Penland Gallery and Visitors Center, North Carolina (2016). Lutter’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, among others. Lutter was the recipient of the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Grant in 1993, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2001, and the Pollock–Krasner Foundation Grant in 2002.

November 24th, 2015

Image © Yamini Nayar. Akhet, 2013, Chromogenic Print, 50x40 inches

YAMINI NAYAR was raised between Detroit, MI and New Delhi, India, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY and BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Nayar has held residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace, Center for Photography at Woodstock , Art Academy of Cincinnati, was recently an NYU Visiting Artist Scholar and a recipient of an Art Matters Foundation research grant to travel to Chandigarh, India. Nayar has exhibited her work internationally at venues including the Museum of Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia, DeCordova Museum, MA, Sharjah Biennial, UAE, Saatchi Gallery, UK. Nayar's work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Solomon Guggenheim Museum NY, Saatchi Museum, Queensland Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Queens Museum and US Arts in Embassies. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and magazines including Passages: Indian Art Today (Daab Media, 2014), Lines of  Control,  Partition as a Productive Space (Green Cardamom 2012), Unfixed: Postcolonial Photography in Contemporary Art (Jap Sam Books, 2013); and Manual for Treason: Sharjah Biennial (2011), and featured in the New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, Art India, Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, Vogue India, Artpapers, and Art Economist. She is the recipient of a 2014 Art Matters grant, and is as a Thesis Advisor in the MFA Photography Dept of the School of Visual Arts in New York. Nayar's work is represented by Thomas Erben, New York and Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai. 

November 17th, 2015

Image © Dillon DeWaters "Configuration NoZero After-Ernst", 2015

DILLON DEWATERS is an artist working in traditional and experimental photography and video. He received his MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from the International Center of Photography/Bard College in 2010, where he was awarded the ICP Director’s Fellowship in 2009, and his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University in 2002. He has participated in many group exhibitions, including, “Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship,” at Higher Pictures gallery in summer 2012, “Useful Pictures” at Michael Matthews Gallery and “Beyond the Barrier” at the Camera Club of New York, both in spring 2013, and “Lightplay” at Moscow’s Gallery 21 in winter 2013. In 2012, he was awarded a Tierney Fellowship by the Tierney Family Foundation. He has been Director of Photography and Imaging at Vik Muniz Studio since 2011. His work was published in Conveyor 5: Spectre // Spectrum, and he was commissioned by Conveyor to create the Indigo artist’s book for their “Visible Spectrum” book series. His work was included in The Future is Forever exhibition at ICP at Mana Contemporary.

November 10th, 2015

Image © Jon Goodman. The picnic table, Kapahu Living Farm, Kipahulu. Photogravure.

JON GOODMAN may be considered the catalyst in the modern revival of the photogravure process. He is a master printer of photogravure and a photographer. Goodman came to photogravure as a photographer and continues to make his own creative pictures with the camera. His landscape and still life prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally; outside of this country he has had one-person exhibitions in Scotland, France and Switzerland. His work has been collected by many museums, among them the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museé de L’Elysée (Lausanne, Switzerland) and the Bibliothèque National (Paris). In 2005, Goodman published Photography in High Places: The Work of Bradford Washburn. This lavish portfolio printed in an edition of 100 (10 of which are limited Chine-collé) represents Goodman’s foray into the publishing marketplace.

November 3rd, 2015

Image © Marina Berio, Family Matter 3, 2008/2013, gum bichromate print with blood, 10.2 x 10.2 in.

MARINA BERIO's work interrogates the material underpinnings of photography. She has made family pictures out of blood, and large-scale charcoal drawings of her negatives. Berio studied photography, drawing, sculpture and art history in college, and then earned her MFA in Photography at Bard. She has been awarded grants by the Pollock/Krasner Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Aaron Siskind Foundation, and been invited to several residencies including the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Millay. She has exhibited at various art spaces internationally, including Michael Steinberg Fine Arts, Von Lintel Gallery, Smack Mellon, and Artists Space in New York; Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art in Boston; Les Rencontres d’Arles, Galerie Camera Obscura in Paris; and Otto Zoo and Acta International in Italy. Her work has been published in Conveyor, Foam and Fantom. Berio is Chair of the General Studies Program at the International Center of Photography in New York.mageI

October 27th, 2015

Image © Kunié Sugiura.

KUNIÉ SUGIURA was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, in 1967. Since she arrived in the United States from Japan in 1963, Kunié Sugiura has created innovative works that expand the uses of photography while exploring its relationship with drawing and painting. By the early 1970s, she had established the paradigms for her mature work: a lifelong interest in multimedia experimentation and the photographic manipulation of images from nature. In 1980, while searching for a way to make more dynamic drawings, she adopted the classic black and white photogram technique which she has used ever since. Works by Kunié Sugiura have been exhibited at major museums throughout Japan, Europe, and the United States and are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, among many others. Sugiura is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects in New York, NY.

October 20th, 2015

Image © Paula McCartney. Black Ice #1 and #2. Photograms

PAULA McCARTNEY makes photographs and artists’ books that explore the idea of constructed landscapes and the way that people interact with and manipulate the natural world. McCartney earned an M.F.A. in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and has received grants from the Aaron Siskind Foundation the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her work has been exhibited across the US and is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Museum of Modern Art’s Artist Book Collection.Princeton Architectural Press published her first monograph, Bird Watching, in 2010. Her second monograph, A Field Guide to Snow and Ice, was published by Silas Finch in 2014.

October 13th, 2015

Image © Lothar Osterburg. Return to the Tower, 2015,  Photogravureon Somerset White34 x 28.5 in on 34 x 28.5 in

LOTHAR OSTERBURG is known as one of the foremost photogravure artists in the country who is also working on stop motion video collaborations with his wife, composer and performer Elizabeth Brown. A 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship recipient, the same year he also received an Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Bard College research grant, he has been awarded two New York Foundation for the Arts grants for printmaking in 2003 and 2009, a grant from the AEV Foundation in 2009 and residencies at MacDowell in 1996, 1997 and 2002, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 1999 and a 2011 residency at the Liguria Studies Center of the Bogliasco Foundattion in Italy. Exhibition highlights include major shows at ICPNA in Lima, Peru in 2010, the Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA in 2007, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College in 2002, the Zoller Gallery at Penn State University in 2003 as well as part of the 2013 100 year anniversary show at Grand Central Terminal “On Time”. His work has been shown in solo shows at Lesley Heller Workspace in 2009, 2011 and 2015, Moeller Fine Art in 2003, 2004 (New York) and 2011 (Berlin), as well as Wendy Cooper Gallery in Madison, WI, Lunday Fine Art in Houston, TX and many more. He received a degree in printmaking and experimental film from the Art Academy (HbK) Braunschweig, Germany. After moving to the US in 1987 he worked in various print studios including as Master Printer at Crown Point Press in San Francisco. He started his own print studio specializing in photogravure in 1993, moving it to New York City in 1994. He has taught photogravure workshops across the country, from Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Maui’s Hui No’Eau Visual Arts Center, RISD, Mass Art or Tulane. Having taught at Columbia University and Cooper Union he has been on the faculty of Bard College for more than 15 years.

October 6th, 2015

Image © Andrew Moore. The Yellow Porch, Sheridan County, Nebraska 2013

American photographer ANDREW MOORE (born 1957) is widely acclaimed for his photographic series, usually taken over many years, which record the effect of time on the natural and built landscape. These series include work from Cuba, Russia, Times Square, Detroit, and the High Plains of the United States. His newest book, entitled Dirt Meridian, is published by Damiani Editore and will be released in the Fall of 2015. The photographs were made over a ten-year period along the lands that lie west of the 100 the meridian and addresses the history and mythology of this region known as “flyover country”. The book also includes a preface by the noted author Kent Haruf, as well other essays and an extensive set of endnotes. Moore’s photographs are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the George Eastman House and the Library of Congress amongst many other institutions. He has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts, the JM Kaplan Fund, and the Cissy Patterson Foundation. Moore’s other publications include Detroit Disassembled, Making History, Governors Island, Russia; Beyond Utopia, Cuba and Inside Havana. He also produced and photographed "How to draw a bunny," a documentary feature film on the artist Ray Johnson. The movie premiered at the 2002 Sundance Festival, where it won a Special Jury prize. Presently he teaches a graduate seminar in the MFA Photography Video and Related Media program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

 

Previous LECTURES

2015 - Yola Monakhov Stockton, Tatiana Gulenkina, Stacy Renee Morrison, Joni Sternbach

2014 - Benjamin LowyLisa Elmaleh, David J. CarolParis Visone, Eliot Dudik, Charlotte Dumas, Kate Breakey, Ben Busch, Tomas van Houtryve, Paolo Cirio, Thomas Allen, Robert Bowen, and Mike Slack

2013 - Robert A. Schaefer Jr., Harvey Stein, Julie Pochron, Lauren Henkin, and Harvey Wang

2012 - Sze Tsung Leong, Jerry VezzusoEllen Wallenstein, Philip Levine & Andrew Moore, Ángel FrancoMichelle Bates, Amy Arbus, Ellen Susan, Jerry Spagnoli, and Philip Perkis

2011 - Joni Sternbach, Marcia Lippman, and Lori Nix

2010 - Dan EstabrookBryan Whitney, and  Edward Fausty