Sonya A. Lawyer returns to Syracuse

Photographs by Sonya A. Lawyer will be featured in the exhibition Three Sisters: The Art of Robin Holder, Sonya A. Lawyer and Tamara Natalie Madden at the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) in Syracuse. The exhibition includes paintings, collages, photographs, and prints that “explore issues of ethnicity, identity, history and culture.” Sonya completed a residency at Light Work in 2007, during which she worked on some of the series that will be featured at the CFAC exhibition. The exhibition runs from March 28 to May 2, 2009 and will open with the Swing into Spring Annual Fundraising Gala.

Community Folk Art Center
805 E. Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 443-2230

Blake Fitch at Clamp Art

Blake Fitch photo of two adolescent girls
Former Light Work Artist in Residence (December 2006) and exhibiting artist (2008) Blake Fitch will open Expectations of Adolescence on March 19 at Clamp Art in New York City.

Expectations of Adolescence is a ten-year project documenting the lives of Fitch’s cousin and half-sister, as they’ve grown from adolescent girls into young women.

In Contact Sheet 146, Light Work Director Hannah Frieser said about Expectations of Adolescence:

While the photographs capture the intense friendship between the two girls, who are cousins, the images also suggest a high level of trust toward the photographer, who is Katie’s older sister. When the girls look up in the picture, they see someone very close to them, not the mechanics of the camera.

Clamp Art
521-531 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
(646) 230-0020

Light Work Revisited: Scott Conarroe

2008 Artist-in-Residence Scott Conarroe has been working in the labs for the past week scanning and proofing images for two upcoming exhibitions in 2009. Dates have yet to be finalized (we’ll keep you posted on those), but we do know that By Rail will open at the Art Gallery of Windsor in Ontario this summer with a pared-down version of the show to open at Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto the same week.

By Rail explores the cultural and physical impression that the railroad creates in the landscape it inhabits. Above is the view Along Bow River, Southern Alberta, 2008, one of the images that Scott has been working on this week.

Xaviera Simmons in Derry with We the People

Xaviera Simmons, who was a Light Work Artist-in-Residence in March 2008, will soon board a jet plane to head off to Derry. There she will attend the opening at Context Gallery of We the People, which features her work as well as images by fellow emerging artists Carolyn Monastra and Jose Ruiz.

Curator Gregory McCartney brought these three artists together to investigate the nuances of what it means to be an American as well as an American artist. About the exhibition, the third in a series, he explains, “We tend to only hear a monolithic pro-or-anti position in regard to the contemporary USA. This project allows for a more considered approach.”

The show opens on March 7th and runs through the 25th at Context Gallery.

Lucas Foglia moves "Way Off the Grid"

Photographs by Lucas Foglia (AIR 2007) are featured in the article “Way Off the Grid” (Utne Reader, March/April 2009) with an article by Joseph Hart. Lucas has made waves with his photographs of communities that live away from the common comforts of urban life. These communities practice a sustainable lifestyle without the benefit of electricity. They grow their own food and build their own houses.  “I don’t want to make the lifestyle seem easy. But I do want to make it seem accessible.” Lucas is quoted in the article. “At exhibits, people respond with a real desire or nostalgia for wilderness.”

During his residency at Light Work, Lucas edited a number of the images that are featured in the article. Photographs from the series Re-Wilding are featured in the Light Work Annual (CS147) with an article by Ariel Shanberg. Additional images are available for viewing in the Light Work Collection.

PRC exhibition includes Light Work artists

The exhibition Syntax at the Photographic Resource Center in Boston includes Light Work artists Matthew Swarts (LW AIR 2004), Patti Ambrogi (LW AIR 1979, 1991), and Meggan Gould (LW AIR 2009). The exhibition, which is scheduled to open March 27, examines the meaning and aesthetics of work by artists who have made the new possibilities of digital information a central theme in their work. The exhibition is described at length in the newest issue of PRC’s journal “In the Loupe” (vol. 33, no. 2). An image by Matthew Swarts is featured on the cover.

Swarts and Ambrogi participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in previous years. Meggan Gould is scheduled to come to Syracuse in May 2009.

March 27 – May 10, 2009

Photographic Resource Center at Boston University
832 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Priya Kambli, 2009 AIR, Wins Critical Mass Book Award

Priya Kambli will be visiting Syracuse as a Light Work Artist-in-Residence in December 2009. In the meantime, Priya will be hard at work on the monograph she is producing in conjunction with Photolucida as a 2008 Critical Mass Book Award Winner.

The monograph will feature work from her series Migration, a multi-year, multi-cultural, multi-generational series about a family who has strong roots both in India and America. In the series, Priya uses photography to ease the sense of disconnection that sometimes results from moving from one culture into another.

Congratulations on your win, Priya!

Congratulations to 2009 Artists-in-Residence

We received a record number of applications this year—close to 400. Thanks to all who submitted materials and showed patience throughout the process.

We’re very pleased to have the following artists-in-residence in 2009:

Yolando del Amo (August)
Meggan Gould (May)
Leslie Hewitt (July)
Priya Kambli (December)
Dean Kessman (July)
Doug Manchee (June)
Rachelle Mozman (May)
Demetrius Oliver (April)
Eileen Perrier (August)
Shawn Records (November)
Chad States (June)

We do have a couple of residencies still open for the year, and we will review materials again in April 2009. Click here to find out how to apply.

Image: Leslie Hewitt, Riffs on Real Time (1 of 10), 2002-2005

Light Work AIR Hank Willis Thomas at Jack Shainman Gallery

Light Work AIR Hank Willis Thomas is opening his second solo exhibition at the Jack Shainman Gallery. The exhibit, Pitch Blackness, follows the publication of his first monograph, of the same name, by the Aperture Foundation this past fall, and his significant presence in the “30 Americans” exhibition at The Rubell Family Collection in December.

Employing polished materials typical of monuments and signage used to build corporate identity Thomas presents a range of work from large-scale sculpture in painted aluminum, neon, Plexiglas, and granite, to hand painted, stenciled works on canvas, wood carvings, and manipulated photo-based works. Together the works trace black history through visual culture in an attempt to dissect, reinterpret, and re-imagine iconic moments from the “black past” and to investigate the complexity and absurdity of race in America in the 21st century.

The exhibit is on view from February 12 until March 13.

Jack Shainman Gallery
513 W. 20th St.
New York, NY

Light Work Artist-in-Residence Opens New Exhibition

Light Work AIR Oscar Palacio opened his solo show, Re-represented, at FP3 in Boston on January 23. The show, which features large-scale prints made during his residency, documents locations, such as Gettysburg National Military Park and Underground Railroad sites around Syracuse, that refer to race relations in America’s past.

Opening only three days after the historic inauguration of our first African American president, Oscar’s exhibition could not have been better timed as a poignant and powerful reminder of where we have come from as we enter a new era.

Having seen the prints as they rolled off the printer in the Darkrooms, it’s certain that Oscar’s decision to print these images large (some in the 40 x 60″ range) really adds to the solemn beauty of the sites. If you’re in the Boston area between now and April 25, 2009, a visit to this show promises a rich experience.

New work by Boston-based photographer Oscar Palacio
346 Congress Street, (Fort Point) Boston, MA
Gallery Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 12-7pm; Saturday, 12-4pm