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2019 Residents


PENUMBRA WORKSPACE

PROGRAM

2019

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2019 Residents


PENUMBRA WORKSPACE

PROGRAM

2019

Penumbra Foundation is pleased to announce the names of the six selected artists for the 2019 Workspace Program.

 

US based artists:
Samira Yamin & Rachelle Bussières

Image © Samira Yamin. Fire VII, from the series “Geometries”, 2017, 15 3/8x10 3/8inches, Hand-cut TIME Magazine Pages. Courtesy of the artist.

Image © Rachelle Bussières. Untitled, Arches, From the series “Strata”, 2015, 20x24inches, gelatin silver print (fragment, click to view full image). Courtesy of the artist.

NYC based artists:
Lucy Helton & Irene Mamiye

Image © Lucy Helton. Glacier, Comet, Silver. Fax Paper (2018). Courtesy of the artist.

Image © Irene Mamiye. Water Towers Series I-VI, digitally-produced silver gelatin prints, 2016, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

International artists:
Almudena Romero & Pedro Wainer

Image © Almudena Romero. From the series “Growing Concerns”.

Image © Pedro Wainer. From the series “Desentierros” #4. Perfil .107cm x 200 cm. Silver Gelatin Print, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.


Finalists (US based artist):
Kristine Thompson & Kioto Aoki

Finalists (NYC based artists):
Kaitlyn Danielson & Lauren Orchowski

Finalists (International artists):
Ella Morton & Isa Benn


Members of the 2019 Jury:

Alissa Schoendfeld (Director of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York City)
Marina Berio (Artist and Educator, Chair Emeritus of the General Studies Program at International Center of Photography, New York City)
Yamini Nayar (Artist. Represented by Thomas Erben, New York City; Wendi Norris, San Francisco; and Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai).


Scroll down to learn about the selected artists.

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US 2019


SAMIRA

YAMIN

US 2019


SAMIRA

YAMIN


PENUMBRA WORKSPACE PROGRAM | US | 2019


Samira Yamin (Los Angeles, CA)

Samira Yamin dismantles photographic imagery to expose their internal mechanisms and personal, cultural and political impact. Her past projects reflect rigorous engagement with how war photography constructs and distorts one side of a conflict and adventurous use of non-photographic media. Approaching the Penumbra residency with a solid idea for a new body of work related to her family history and the aim to work directly in the medium of photography, we look forward to seeing what the collaboration between Samira and the Foundation’s facilities, expertise and lens collection, will likely yield.

–Alissa Schoenfeld (Director of Yossi Milo Gallery. Member of the 2019 Jury).


Image © Samira Yamin. Fire VII, from the series “Geometries”, 2017, 15 3/8x10 3/8inches, Hand-cut TIME Magazine Pages.

[… ] My work aims to cultivate a critical and dynamic relationship to photographs of war, and a practice of viewership with an eye toward the global, political contexts and ramifications of representation, while nurturing an affective, loving gaze toward the individual lives represented and at stake. [ …]
— Samira Yamin

Samira Yamin (b.1983) received an MFA from UC Irvine and BAs in Art and Sociology from UCLA. She has had solo exhibitions at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and PATRON Gallery, and has been included in numerous group exhibitions including at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Camera Club of New York, Metropolitan State University in Denver, and San Francisco State University. A recipient of grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the California Community Foundation, Yamin has been an Artist in Residence at the Rauschenberg Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

samirayamin.com | @samirayamin



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US 2019


RACHELLE

BUSSIÈRES

US 2019


RACHELLE

BUSSIÈRES


PENUMBRA WORKSPACE PROGRAM | US | 2019


Rachelle Bussières (San Francisco, CA)

Rachelle Bussières’ work coaxes new colors and luminescence from photographs materials, which we found to be refreshing. Using both sculptural objects and experimentation with light and chemistry in the darkroom, her constructed abstractions are surprising and distinct. Rachelle’s proposal for advancing her work during the residency has been clearly articulated, informed by the rich opportunities that the facilities of Penumbra, New York City and East Coast light will provide. Her skill with the lumen print process will be a welcome contribution to the Penumbra community’s pool of knowledge.

–Alissa Schoenfeld (Director of Yossi Milo Gallery. Member of the 2019 Jury).


Image © Rachelle Bussières. Untitled, Arches, From the series “Strata”, 2015, 20x24inches, gelatin silver print (fragment, click to view full image).

[…] moving through a collision of materials, documents, and transfiguration of assembled sculptural forms, MY practice seeks to develop an understanding of the limits and possibilities of seeing and knowing by oscillating between two-dimensional images and three-dimensional objects. […]
— Rachelle Bussières

Rachelle Bussières (b.1986) received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently a Charter Resident at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco. She is the recipient of the Graduate Fellowship Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts, California; and the Award for Excellence from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. Her work has been exhibited at Johansson Projects (Oakland, CA), the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), Robert Koch Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco, CA), Galerie l’Inlassable (Paris, FR), Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA) and Present Company (New York, NY). She was awarded residencies at the Banff Centre in Alberta, the Vermont Studio Center and Sim in Iceland. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. 

rachellebussieres.com | @rachellebussieres



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NYC 2019


LUCY

HELTON

NYC 2019


LUCY

HELTON


PENUMBRA WORKSPACE PROGRAM | NYC | 2019


Lucy Helton (Brooklyn)

“Lucy Helton's project is an interplay of the fictitious and futuristic. Her concerns into the environment combines with language technologies-radio and image transmissions for instance - to investigate these issues through a subtle and haunting lens. How to engage an audience that is increasingly desensitized is within her thought process, and more utopian representations have began to emerge in her work. Her most recent images considers the ecosystem and specifically issues of water - pollution, melting and disappearance.  Lucy has an experimental and process-oriented approach and will fully make use of Penumbra's facilities. This residency will give her the time, space and practical tools to further develop her project and vision.”

–Yamini Nayar (Artist. Member of the 2019 Jury).


Image © Lucy Helton.

[…] The fictitious and prophetic landscapes I create subtly address contemporary environmental concerns, by offering a vision of the future that’s both frightening and beautiful. My black and white photographs contain a visual play between the real and the imagined.[…]
— Lucy Helton

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. Rising from a necessity to express her personal anxieties and concerns about the environment, her first photobook Actions of Consequence was nominated for the MACK First Book Award 2014, shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award 2015, and The Anamorphosis Prize 2015. Her most recent book Transmission (Silas Finch, 2015) is a communication from our future to our recent past and was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture First Book Award 2015. Meditations on the future state of the environment and if human colonies will exist outside planet earth, led to her discovery and fascination with basic image transmission using low energy radio waves. Gaining a HAM radio General Class license, Helton advances these themes in her practice. The resulting artworks test the boundaries of art and technology and continue to question our current path of planetary destruction. Helton’s books are collected by the Cleveland Institute of Art, MoMA, MET, Brooklyn Museum, Houston Center of Photography, Hirsch Library at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the David M. Rubinstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, among others.

lucyhelton.com | @lucyhelton



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NYC 2019


IRENE

MAMIYE

NYC 2019


IRENE

MAMIYE


PENUMBRA WORKSPACE PROGRAM | NYC | 2019


“Irene Mamiye's large, visually complex and layered works draw from photography, sculpture, video and new media. Her work is completely created from imagery found online - digital archives and across social media - and utilizes software programs as physical tools to explore the "changing relationship between artistic process and output." Digital software tools become her brushes to distort and fragment as do the algorithms themselves within her making of images. During her residency, Irene will expand her practice through delving into the alternative processes and workshops offered at Penumbra. as a way to "look back" and situate her practice within a historical context of photography and materials.”

–Yamini Nayar (Artist. Member of the 2019 Jury).


Irene Mamiye (Manhattan)

Image © Irene Mamiye.

[…] I seek out iconic works of art and painterly gestures, human mark-making, and universal visual symbols such as flowers and natural forms that are constellated, shifted and decontextualized but remain identifiable through the indexical grain of photography.[…]
— Irene Mamiye

Irene Mamiye (b. Marseille, France) has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. Selected group exhibitions include: Ebb and Flow at Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York (2013); The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography at the Aperture Foundation, New York (2013); Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2014); Photography is Magic curated by Charlotte Cotton at the Aperture Foundation, New York (2016); Text Messages at Lanoue Gallery, Boston (2018); # curated by Markus Linnenbrink at Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York (2018). Her most recent solo exhibition, Irene Mamiye: Homage was held at Lanoue Gallery, Boston in 2018. Irene received her MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media in 2014 from the School of Visual Arts and was a MORPHOS Artist in Residence (2018) and a Transart Academy fellow (2019).



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INTERNATIONAL 2019


Almudena

Romero

INTERNATIONAL 2019


Almudena

Romero


PENUMBRA WORKSPACE PROGRAM | INTERNATIONAL | 2019


ALMUDENA ROMERO (LONDON, ENGLAND)

Almudena Romero uses historical imagery of all kinds – portraits of abolitionists, a diagram of a slave ship, Jamaican currency bearing the a bust of Queen Elizabeth, shots of contemporary sports personalities - to weave together a multifaceted, wide-ranging exploration of global migration and colonialism. She prints on actual plant specimens to poetically reference questions of nativity, trade and exchange. What is nature and what is culture, what does it mean to be “of” a place? The centuries-old traumas and hardships, imprinted on the psyches and skins of many peoples, that Romero alludes to in her use of archival materials are just as relevant today.


–Marina Berio (Artist and Educator. Member of the 2019 Jury)


Image © Almudena Romero.

[…] My work focuses on how photographic processes and technology transform the notions of public, private, individuality, identity, and memory, […]
— Almudena Romero

Almudena Romero is a London based visual artist working with a wide range of photographic processes. Since 2015, Almudena has demonstrated and explained her practice at the Victoria and Albert Museum,National Portrait Gallery,  TATE Modern-TATE Exchange, TATE Britain, The Photographers’ Gallery,Tsinghua Art Museum, the Whitechapel Gallery, Le Cent-Quatre Paris, University of the Arts London, Unseen Amsterdam, The Science Museum UK,  and delivered courses and lectures for Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Estorick Collection, Mapfre Foundation, Sotheby's  Institute of Art, University of Westminster, University for the Creative Arts, Kingston University, Southampton Solent University and London Art Fair. She has also received commissions to produce installations in public spaces from Team London Bridge, Southwark Council, Emergency Exit Artist, Wellcome Trust and University College London, Bow Arts Trust & London Festival of Architecture. Her work has been published in Photomonitor, Radio France Internationale, TimeOut, DUST magazine, EXTRA magazine (FOMU, Foto Museum) and other media.

almudenaromero.co.uk | @almudena.romero



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INTERNATIONAL 2019


PEDRO

WAINER

INTERNATIONAL 2019


PEDRO

WAINER


PENUMBRA WORKSPACE PROGRAM | INTERNATIONAL | 2019


PEDRO WAINER (Bs.As., ARGENTINA)

Pedro Wainer’s recent work has advanced on two parallel tracks: as part of an art collective called “Provisorio Permanente” he has made ambitious participatory installation work such as turning an old Citröen into a camera obscura which can be entered and used as a private viewing chamber, while he has also pursued his own practice making photographs that bounce back and forth from VHS to CRT screen to photographic collage to early book engravings to X-rays. He has made large unique black and white prints of the hidden bowel-like workings of old movie and film apparatuses of various kinds, ages and shapes, and re-photographed details of Catherine Deneuve’s languorous figure in Buñuel’s classic, Belle de Jour, closing in on the disintegrating texture of red, blue and green dots that compose the apparently black and white images. In Wainer’s work, paradoxically, the impending threat of the death of analog spawns new forms, methods and procedures.

–Marina Berio (Artist and Educator. Member of the 2019 Jury)


Image © Pedro Wainer (fragment)

[… ] My approach to photography comes out of experimentation with traditional light sensitive techniques salvaging and reconfiguring technologies in disuse. […]
— Pedro Wainer

Pedro Wainer grew up in Buenos Aires where he studied film, photography, and dramaturgy. In 2003 Wainer began to collaborate with a group of three artists, forming the art collective ‘Provisorio Permanente’, with whom he creates participatory performances and installations that focus on generating intimate, direct experiences that are activated by the viewer’s presence, combining diverse media and exploring concepts of physical limits and boundaries within each art work. Alongside this ongoing collaborative group, Wainer’s individual practice is centered more specifically within cinema and photography, from an object-oriented perspective. These lens based mediums tend to be immaterial, focusing primarily on the image, yet Wainer puts at forefront the materiality of the apparatuses used to make his work. His approach to photography comes out of experimentation with traditional techniques and salvaging and reconfiguring technologies in disuse. Wainer is interested in analog film processes not only as a physical/chemical phenomenon, but also as an exploration of the history of the mechanisms that make these techniques possible. He uses analog machines and instruments and transforms them into new devices to generate images that no longer follow the machine’s designated purpose. Through this process, Wainer creates a photographic archeology of these machines, where his role is both to salvage and pervert their original function.



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About


PENUMBRA WORkSPACE PROGRAM

As a non-for-profit organization whose goal is to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level Penumbra Foundation is proud to offer a program dedicated to facilitate emerging artists with time, workspace, resources and support to get them and their work closer to the public in one of the most vibrant art cities in the world.

Image © Noah Doely.

About


PENUMBRA WORkSPACE PROGRAM

As a non-for-profit organization whose goal is to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level Penumbra Foundation is proud to offer a program dedicated to facilitate emerging artists with time, workspace, resources and support to get them and their work closer to the public in one of the most vibrant art cities in the world.

Image © Noah Doely.

The application for the 2020 Penumbra Workspace Program Will open on September 15th 2019.

PLEASE READ BELOW AS WE HAVE ADDED NEW PROGRAMS AND DIFFERENT ELIGIBILITIES APPLY.


US RESIDENTS | DESCRIPTION

The Penumbra Workspace Program will benefit two US based emerging artists* during 2019 with access to time, facilities, critical and technical support, and honoraria. The extension of the program ranges from two weeks to four weeks depending on the time requested by the selected artists. Participants have liberal access to the workspace facilities. They are expected to use their time to pursue their own projects: researching, photographing, scanning, printing, working on an exhibition or editing a book.

NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS | DESCRIPTION

The Penumbra Workspace Program will benefit two New York City based emerging artists* during 2019 with access to time, facilities, critical and technical support, and honoraria. The extension of the program ranges from two weeks to four weeks depending on the time requested by the selected artists. Participants have liberal access to the workspace facilities. They are expected to use their time to pursue their own projects: researching, photographing, scanning, printing, working on an exhibition or editing a book.

INTERNATIONAL | DESCRIPTION

The Penumbra Workspace Program will benefit two International artists during 2019 with access to time, facilities, critical and technical support (note: there is no honorarium). The extension of the program ranges from two weeks to four weeks depending on the time requested by the selected artists. Participants have liberal access to the workspace facilities. They are expected to use their time to pursue their own projects: researching, photographing, scanning, printing, working on an exhibition or editing a book.

* An emerging artist is someone in the early stage of their career, who takes risks and embraces challenges, and who hasn't yet  
established a solid reputation as an artist amongst other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.




US RESIDENTS | BENEFITS

  • Residents receive an honorarium of $3500 in two payments of $1750 (housing and other expenses are the sole responsibility of the artist).

  • Workspace residents receive from two weeks to four weeks of liberal access to the B&W labs, digital tools, alternative processes darkroom and shooting studios at Penumbra Foundation.

  • Donated photographic supplies from our sponsors.

  • Special discounts at LTI Professional Lab Services.

  • Free admission to all public programs and workshops at Penumbra.

  • Each resident's work may be published in a special publication produced by Penumbra Foundation.

NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS | BENEFITS

  • Residents receive a one time honorarium of $1500 (housing and other expenses are the sole
    responsibility of the artist).

  • Workspace residents receive from two weeks to four weeks of liberal access to the B&W labs, digital tools, alternative processes darkroom and shooting studios at Penumbra Foundation.

  • Donated photographic supplies from our sponsors.

  • Special discounts at LTI Professional Lab Services.

  • Free admission to all public programs and workshops at Penumbra.

  • Each resident's work may be published in a special publication produced by Penumbra Foundation.

INTERNATIONAL | BENEFITS

  • Workspace residents receive from two weeks to four weeks of liberal access to the B&W labs, digital tools, alternative processes darkroom and shooting studios at Penumbra Foundation.

  • Donated photographic supplies from our sponsors.

  • Special discounts at LTI Professional Lab Services.

  • Free admission to all public programs and workshops at Penumbra.

  • Each resident's work may be published in a special publication produced by Penumbra Foundation.


US RESIDENTS | ELIGIBILITY

  • The Penumbra-Workspace-Program is open to us based emerging artists working in photo-based imaging.

  • Applicants using alternative techniques and/or new interpretations of historic processes to produce their art are encouraged to apply.

  • Applicants must be US residents.

  • Students enrolled in an academic program during the time of requested residency are not eligible to apply.

NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS | ELIGIBILITY

  • The Penumbra-Workspace-Program is open to New York City based emerging artists working in photo-based imaging.

  • Applicants using alternative techniques and/or new interpretations of historic processes to produce their art are encouraged to apply.

  • Applicants must be New York City residents.

  • Students enrolled in an academic program during the time of requested residency are not eligible to apply.

INTERNATIONAL | ELIGIBILITY

  • The International Call is open to artists working in photo-based imaging.

  • Non-US residents applicants

  • Applicants using alternative techniques and/or new interpretations of historic processes to produce their art are encouraged to apply.

  • Students enrolled in an academic program during the time of requested residency are not eligible to apply.


PENUMBRA WORKSPACE PROGRAM | REQUIREMENTS.

  • Participants are requested to give a talk to the Penumbra Community during their residency.

  • Residents are required to contribute an edition of finished work, as selected by the artist and Penumbra Director of Programs to be collected and/or sold to contribute to the future of the program.


PENUMBRA WORKSPACE PROGRAM | APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

  • Application consist of 20 work samples of a cohesive body of work, a detailed proposal, artist statement, resume, preferred time and duration of residency (from March through the end of July and from August until the end of November).

  • The application is FREE.

  • Submissions are reviewed once a year by a rotating panel of arts professionals suggested by Penumbra-Workspace-Program Advisory Board and the Director of Programs that will decide based on supplied materials and feasibility of the applicant’s proposal.

  • Selected artists will be notified between 30 days after the committee has finished reviews.


PENUMBRA WORKSPACE PROGRAM | FACILITIES 

  • One laboratory for black-and-white printing, which can produce prints up to 20x24 inches from up to 8x10 inches negatives

  • One private black-and-white lab which can produce prints up to 20x24 inches from up to 8x10 inches negatives

  • One alternative photography darkroom fully equipped for all alternative processes including daguerreotypes, cyanotypes, wet collodion, etc.

  • A professional shooting studio with multiple seamless racks

  • A professional natural north light portrait studio

  • Access to the Library with 19th and early 20th century primary source materials with many rare formulary manuals and periodicals.

  • Event spaces including a rooftop deck

  • Access to a commercial photo lab that has full array of services from film processing to large-scale optical and digital printing capabilities.


PENUMBRA WORKSPACE PROGRAM | EQUIPMENT LIST

ANALOG DARKROOM

  • 1 Beseler 8x10

  • 5 Beseler 45V-XL up to 4x5 enlarger

  • 1 Beseler 45V-XL up to 8x10 enlarger

  • 35mm, 50mm, 75mm, 80mm, 105mm, 135mm, 150mm Nikon lenses

  • Easels and printing trays for paper up to 20x24”

  • Tanks & reels for development of 16mm motion film, 35mm, 120mm, 4x5 inches and 8x10 inches

  • Drying racks

  • Basic chemistry for film and paper processing

  • Assorted toners and darkroom tools

  • Contact printers

    PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT FOR OFF-SITE USE

  • Century 8x10 Camera w/ Tessar 300mm lens

  • Speed Graphic 4x5 field camera w/ Tessar 150mm lens

  • Assorted tripods


    PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT FOR IN HOUSE USE

  • Several 8x10 camera w/ lenses

  • Several 5x7 and 4x5 camera w/ lenses

  • Assorted tripods

  • Profoto Strobes

  • Continuos Lighting kits

PHOTOMECHANICAL 

  • One 15 x 30 Conrad Machine Press with micro-gauges

  • Special blankets for Photopolymer or Photogravure printing

  • Set of inks, brayers, and other related materials

  • UV Exposure Unit NuArc 26-1KS with vacuum system

    DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 

  • Macbooks & Macpros

  • Adobe Creative Cloud

  • Epson v750 Photo Scanner

  • Epson Expression 10000XL Graphic Arts Flatbed Scanner

  • Hasselblad Flextight X5 Drum Scanner

  • Epson Stylus Pro 2880, 3880, 4000, 4800 and 7890 Printers

  • Wacom tablets

    RISOGRAPH MACHINE

  • ME9450 Risograph Machine with Network Card and Macintosh Drivers

  • Three drum colors. Black, Red & Purple

  • Creaser and trimmers

    Spiral and Perfect Binding Machines


SPONSORS

This program is made possible by the generous support of ROZ LEIBOWITZ

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Thanks to the following artists for their support to Penumbra Foundation and in particular to the Penumbra Workspace Program:

David Hilliard, Rachel Perry, Tanya Marcuse, Andrew Moore, Paula McCartney, Dillon DeWaters, Jon Goodman, Lothar Osterburg, Unai San Martin, Carl Weese, Lisa Elmaleh, Victor Sira, Sarah Palmer, Yamini Nayar, Marina Berio, Bryan Whitney, John Dugdale, Joni Sternbach, John Cyr, Beth Ganz, Jeff Liao, Binh Dahn, James Wellling, Gregory Halpern, Arthur Ou, Witho Worms, Chuck Kelton, Klea McKenna, Noah Doley, Lauren Semivan, Aspen Mays, Rachelle Bussières, Tim Carpenter, Jenia Fridlyand, Kevin Kunstadt, Sophie Barbasch, Ansley West Rivers, Raymond Meeks, Lucy Helton, Adam Putnam, Sebastian Szyd, Suné Woods, Dan Estabrook, Hernease Davis, Adam Fuss, Joseph Michael Lopez, Liz Sales, Bernard Yenelouis, Charles Traub, and Brenton Hamilton.

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2018 Residents


PENUMBRA

WORKSPACE

PROGRAM

 

 

Penumbra Foundation is pleased to announce the names of the two selected artists for the 2018 Penumbra Workspace Program: ASPEN MAYS & NOAH DOELY.

 

Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, juror of the 2018 year residency award, writes:

"It is a sincere pleasure to be afforded the opportunity to support working artists seeking to practice in New York City. The Penumbra Foundation’s commitment to providing a forum for dialogue about contemporary practice, through its lecture program, is matched and strengthened by its parallel commitment to affording emerging artists the space, time and resources to experiment, and to extend their work. In this instance, under the aegis of the Penumbra Foundation’s residency program, which provides both a generous stipend and access to a suite of excellent facilities, as well as proximity to the numerous artists and art institutions within the city, it is an honor to extend this support to ASPEN MAYS and NOAH DOELY.


In selecting these two artists for this year’s residency, I was especially struck by the technically and conceptually expansive qualities of their practices, by their ambition, and by their passion. It is a pleasure to encounter artists seeking new ways of incorporating and addressing the multiple histories of the photographic medium from an explicitly contemporary standpoint, and a greater pleasure to support those efforts in this way. I hope that the residency program will enable them to continue to take risks, to forge new relationships and to create new work and new opportunities for their practices."

Stanley Wolukau Wanambwa*. April, 2018.

 

 

 

Image © Aspen Mays. O’Keeffe (Indigo), from the series “Tengallon Sunflower”, gelatin silver photogram with indigo dye, 16 x 20in, 2016.

2018 Residents


PENUMBRA

WORKSPACE

PROGRAM

 

 

Penumbra Foundation is pleased to announce the names of the two selected artists for the 2018 Penumbra Workspace Program: ASPEN MAYS & NOAH DOELY.

 

Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, juror of the 2018 year residency award, writes:

"It is a sincere pleasure to be afforded the opportunity to support working artists seeking to practice in New York City. The Penumbra Foundation’s commitment to providing a forum for dialogue about contemporary practice, through its lecture program, is matched and strengthened by its parallel commitment to affording emerging artists the space, time and resources to experiment, and to extend their work. In this instance, under the aegis of the Penumbra Foundation’s residency program, which provides both a generous stipend and access to a suite of excellent facilities, as well as proximity to the numerous artists and art institutions within the city, it is an honor to extend this support to ASPEN MAYS and NOAH DOELY.


In selecting these two artists for this year’s residency, I was especially struck by the technically and conceptually expansive qualities of their practices, by their ambition, and by their passion. It is a pleasure to encounter artists seeking new ways of incorporating and addressing the multiple histories of the photographic medium from an explicitly contemporary standpoint, and a greater pleasure to support those efforts in this way. I hope that the residency program will enable them to continue to take risks, to forge new relationships and to create new work and new opportunities for their practices."

Stanley Wolukau Wanambwa*. April, 2018.

 

 

 

Image © Aspen Mays. O’Keeffe (Indigo), from the series “Tengallon Sunflower”, gelatin silver photogram with indigo dye, 16 x 20in, 2016.

PENUMBRA WORKSPACE PROGRAM | 2018 SELECTED ARTISTS


ASPEN MAYS (RIchmond, CA)

Image @ Aspen Mays. Dodge 8, gelatin silver photogram, 14 x 11in, 2014.

[...] I’ve cultivated a deep curiosity about the role that observational sciences play in culture and how these sciences influence and are influenced by imagery.[...]
— Aspen Mays

During a residency at the Penumbra Foundation, I will continue research and begin working on a new body of work utilizing the archaeological “squeeze” technique, producing paper negatives with the Foundation’s large format cameras and learning how to make salted paper prints.

[...] I first encountered John Beasley Greene’s salted paper prints and waxed paper negatives at Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs. In the 1850s, Greene, an Egyptologist, was the first archaeologist to use photography, and in several of his images, he photographed archaeological paper “squeezes” that he made inside temples. This technique was and is used to make impressions of inscriptions in ancient sites by pressing wet paper into carved wall reliefs. It was utilized by Greene to photograph hieroglyphics (among other things), inside spaces that were too dark to make exposures before the invention of artificial lights and flashes; once the paper pulp dried, it was removed and taken outside to photograph in ample light.

In line with my process-driven practice and my long standing interest in the material poetics of photography where human subjectivity and hand techniques intersect scientific inquiry and my interest in exploring both the limitations and potential of darkness, I plan to create and photograph my own paper squeezes. [...]

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.  Mays was a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Chile, where she spent time with astrophysicists using the world’s most advanced telescopes to look at the sky. er work has been written about in Art ForumArt Papers, the New Yorker and the New York Times. She is currently Assistant Professor at California College of the Arts. Mays lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

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NOAH DOELY (CEDAR FALLS, IA)

Image © Noah Doely. Cyanometer, cyanotype on Arches paper, 28 x 38 in, 2017

I’m interested in the precarious nature of subjective experience and the range of interpretations that surround natural
realities. [...]
— Noah Doely

The photographs in my current series are printed as cyanotypes: a photographic process invented in 1842 by the English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel. The images are created through combinations of straightforward photography, physically constructed tableaux, and digital manipulation, which are then contact printed by exposing hand coated paper to light. I am interested in the ways that different forms of photography from different eras mediate and transform the subject matter they depict. [...]

[...] One of my primary interests within this series is the relationship between color and perception. I want to explore how the color blue, as well as the historical connotations of the cyanotype process, play a role in transforming how the images’ content is perceived. I use imagery from an array of time periods, specifically selecting subject matter for which color is pivotal. One example being a recreation of a cyanometer, a device invented in 1789 by Swiss physicist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure used to measure the blueness of the sky.

I would like to use my time at the Penumbra Foundation to build and photograph a series of tableaux using material from the surrounding area and experimenting with a variety of approaches to image construction. [...]                                                                                                  

Noah Doely (b. 1982, Golden Valley, Minnesota) works across various media, primarily in photography, sculpture, and video. He received a BFA from the University of Northern Iowa and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as Steve Turner Contemporary (Los Angeles), The San Diego Museum of Art, Locust Projects (Miami), The Cornell Fine Arts Museum (Winter Park), Viafarini (Milan, Italy), Seattle Center on Contemporary Art, and the Des Moines Art Center. Doely has been awarded fellowships and residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The MacDowell Colony, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. His work has appeared in various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Burnaway Magazine. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Northern Iowa.  

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The two residents will receive a one-time honorarium and a stipend for food and travel. The artists will have liberal access to the labs, digital tools, alternative processes darkroom, equipment and shooting studios, as well as donated photographic supplies from Fuji Film, special discounts at LTI Professional Lab Services, free admission to public programs and the possibility to be published in a special catalog.


Penumbra Foundation would like to thank all the applicants for their efforts and participation. We received a surprising number of applications from a very diverse and inspiring group of artists. We are delighted to see the interest that this new program has generated among the community across the country.

To learn more about the program please click here.

 


*  Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa is a photographer, writer, and former editor of the contemporary photography website The Great Leap Sideways (2011—2017). He has contributed essays to catalogues and monographs by Vanessa Winship, George Georgiou, Marton Perlaki and Paul Graham, He has been an artist-in-residence at Light Work, guest edited the Aperture Photobook Review, and written for Aperture, FOAM magazine and The Photographer’s Gallery. He has lectured at Yale, Cornell and The New School, and is a faculty member in the photography department at Purchase College, SUNY.


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2017 Residents


PENUMBRA WORksPACE PROGRAM

 

 

Penumbra Foundation is pleased to announce the names of the two selected artists for the 2017 Penumbra Workspace Program: SYL ARENA (Aug.-Sept. 2017) and SUNÉ WOODS (Oct.-Nov. 2017). 

The Jury was made up of Brooklyn based artist Eileen Quinlan and Penumbra's Director of Programs Leandro Villaro.

 

The two residents will receive a one-time honorarium and a stipend for food and travel. The artists will have liberal access to the labs, digital tools, alternative processes darkroom, equipment and shooting studios, as well as donated photographic supplies from Fuji Film, special discounts at LTI Professional Lab Services, free admission to public programs and the possibility to be published in a special catalog.

 

Penumbra Foundation would like to thank all the applicants for their efforts and participation. We received a surprising number of applications from a very diverse and inspiring group of artists. We are delighted to see the interest that this new program has generated among the community across the country. 

 

 

To learn more about the program please click here.

 

Image © Syl Arena. "Parna", Constructed Void series, 18” x 24” chromogenic print, 2016. 

2017 Residents


PENUMBRA WORksPACE PROGRAM

 

 

Penumbra Foundation is pleased to announce the names of the two selected artists for the 2017 Penumbra Workspace Program: SYL ARENA (Aug.-Sept. 2017) and SUNÉ WOODS (Oct.-Nov. 2017). 

The Jury was made up of Brooklyn based artist Eileen Quinlan and Penumbra's Director of Programs Leandro Villaro.

 

The two residents will receive a one-time honorarium and a stipend for food and travel. The artists will have liberal access to the labs, digital tools, alternative processes darkroom, equipment and shooting studios, as well as donated photographic supplies from Fuji Film, special discounts at LTI Professional Lab Services, free admission to public programs and the possibility to be published in a special catalog.

 

Penumbra Foundation would like to thank all the applicants for their efforts and participation. We received a surprising number of applications from a very diverse and inspiring group of artists. We are delighted to see the interest that this new program has generated among the community across the country. 

 

 

To learn more about the program please click here.

 

Image © Syl Arena. "Parna", Constructed Void series, 18” x 24” chromogenic print, 2016. 

PENUMBRA WORKSPACE PROGRAM | 2017 SELECTED ARTISTS


SYL ARENA (Morro Bay, CA)

Image @ Syl Arena. "Twal". Constructed Void series. 18” x 24” chromogenic print. 2016.

I gaze upon these photographs and wonder if their metaphor represents spaces inside of me or if the metaphor points to my presence inside of a larger multiverse.
— Syl Arena

"I will expand the dialogue initiated in my "Constructed Void" series by continuing the series as full-color carbon prints. While my current "Constructed Voids" are shot with a 4x5 camera, the series is digital from capture through presentation. As photographic objects, their ultra-glossy surfaces present a contemporary window to what otherwise are timeless considerations. I believe that the evidence of facture through the carbon print’s layering of pigments onto beautiful, deckled paper will provide an aesthetic experience that transcends the work in its current chromogenic form."  (Syl Arena)

SYL ARENA is a California-based artist known for his explorations of non-representational photography. He freely admits that he is addicted to color and shadow.

In his current work, Syl positions his ‘Constructed Voids’ as ethereal landscapes—sublime, yet otherworldly—and embraces the idea that they provide space for transformative contemplation. Their titles are fabricated words intended to strip away narrative connotations and thereby encourage direct engagement with each image. 

Syl is also greatly interested in commenting on the loss of the photograph's position as image-object in our screen-based world. Increasingly he exhibits his photographs as objects rather than merely as images by hanging the prints so that they bend outward from the walls of the gallery.

Last summer, curator Charlotte Cotton selected his "Color Ribbons 9775" for exhibition in the "Aperture Foundation Summer Open: Photography Is Magic." 

Syl recently earned an MFA from Lesley University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and has a BFA from the University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona).

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SUNÉ WOODS (Los Angeles, CA)

Image © Suné Woods. "Mano a Mano", 5” x 9” photo collage, 2015.

For me, the power of eros holds a source of knowledge and intelligence which I see as a way to re‐imagine belief systems and has emancipatory potential for those who access it.
— Suné Woods

"Residencies have been pivotal to my art practice, as they have provided the support to completely immerse myself in my research and work. They have also afforded me the intellectual and creative space in expanded time that I often do not have in my everyday life as a parent. I would like to continue to make meaningful work addressing contemporary issues that are important to me. The Penumbra Workspace Program would enable me to move forward with my work and would facilitate experimentation, research, and invaluable time devoted to my practice."  (Suné Woods)

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, and 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.

Woods has served as Visiting Faculty in the CalArts Photography & Media Program, Vermont College of Fine Arts Visual Art Program, and has mentored fellows and organized lectures with at land’s edge, an experimental platform for visual research and catalyst for decolonial thought and action in Los Angeles.

Woods earned an MFA from California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA) and a BFA from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, (Miami, FL).

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How To Apply


PENUMBRA WORKSPACE PROGRAM

The list below includes everything you need to complete your application. If you have questions please write to info@penumbrafoundation.org

How To Apply


PENUMBRA WORKSPACE PROGRAM

The list below includes everything you need to complete your application. If you have questions please write to info@penumbrafoundation.org

The application for the 2020 Penumbra Workspace Program will open on September 15th, 2019.


HOW TO APPLY

Before you start the submission be sure to have all the materials ready as you cannot save your application during the process. 

 

  • Name and Last name

  • Date of Birth

  • Country of Origin

  • Ethnicity (optional)

  • Phone number, e-mail and address

  • Residency needs (you can also describe this in your letter of Intent).

  • Preferred month for the residency. First Semester. (February-May).

  • Preferred month for the residency. Second Semester. (August-November).

  • Artistic Resume or CV (upload a PDF file).

  • Artist Statement. (Please write about the work you are submitting. Be as clear as possible. Up to 600 words. Upload a PDF file).

  • 20 images up to 10MB each. Please compress and upload as one ZIP file.

  • Letter of Intent. (Describe your plans during the residency. Be specific. Up to 600 words. Upload a PDF file).

  • Upload (optional) any other relevant document/s (press reviews, recommendations, books previews). Please combine and upload one PDF file.

  • Website (if you have one).

  • Application Fee: FREE 


Before applying, please read carefully the description, eligibility, benefits, application and selection process. 


SPONSORS

This program is made possible by the generous support of ROZ LEIBOWITZ

 

 

Thanks to the following artists for their support to Penumbra Foundation and in particular to the Penumbra Workspace Program:

David Hilliard, Rachel Perry, Tanya Marcuse, Andrew Moore, Paula McCartney, Dillon DeWaters, Jon Goodman, Lothar Osterburg, Unai San Martin, Carl Weese, Lisa Elmaleh, Victor Sira, Sarah Palmer, Yamini Nayar, Marina Berio, Bryan Whitney, John Dugdale, Joni Sternbach, John Cyr, Beth Ganz, Jeff Liao, Binh Dahn, James Wellling, Gregory Halpern, Arthur Ou, Witho Worms, Chuck Kelton, Klea McKenna, Noah Doley, Lauren Semivan, Aspen Mays, Rachelle Bussières, Tim Carpenter, Jenia Fridlyand, Kevin Kunstadt, Sophie Barbasch, Ansley West Rivers, Raymond Meeks, Lucy Helton, Adam Putnam, Sebastian Szyd, Suné Woods, Dan Estabrook, Hernease Davis, Adam Fuss, Joseph Michael Lopez, Liz Sales, Bernard Yenelouis, Charles Traub, and Brenton Hamilton.