Light Work is pleased to announce the 2011 Transmedia Photography Annual exhibition, featuring photographs by seniors in Syracuse University’s Department of Transmedia, part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. For this exhibition, Light Work has collaborated with Innova Art Ltd to award a Best of Show and two Honorable Mentions.
Juror Scott Conarroe, a visiting artist from Canada, selected the recipient of the Best of Show and two Honorable Mentions. John O’Toole, recipient of the Best of Show award, will receive $700 worth of Innova paper, plus $200 worth of digital printing at Light Work/Community Darkrooms. The two recipients of the Honorable Mention Award, Genevieve Marshall and Varvara Mikushkina, will each receive $150 worth of Innova paper. Other finalists in the competition were Soloman David Schechman and Mary Gannon.
John O’Toole – Best of Show
John O’Toole’s series What Was Once Familiar… depicts Catholic Memorial, an all boys private Catholic school in Massachusetts for grades 7-12 attended by the artist. These images explore schools both as places that are consistently in a state of flux, with students graduating and teachers moving on, but also as environments that remain constant and familiar to the community of people that grow together within these institutions.
Genevieve Marshall – Honorable Mention
Genevieve Marshall’s work investigates the complexity of feelings she has toward her father and their relationship. Since her parents divorced in 1995, her father has never owned a home, and as a result, their time together is spent occupying public space (diners, job sites, etc.). Marshall uses this series as an opportunity to assess her place within his world, and create meaning from the spaces that meant nothing to her.
Varvara Mikushkina – Honorable Mention
Varvara Mikushkina photographs her family, capturing how certain immigrant tendencies are inescapable. The work communicates what she likes to call “the immigrant soul.” The images communicate an understanding of intimacy and the invitation to someone’s cultural home, where that specific culture is sustained within foreign grounds that it inhabits.