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The Daily Orange on Scott McCarney's "VisualBooks" Exhibition at Light Work

“I get excited about the materials of the book… The physicality of the book is an ephemera of experience.” – Scott McCarney

There’s a nice write-up about Scott McCarney’s “VisualBooks” exhibition in The Daily Orange.

The exhibition will remain on view in the Light Work gallery through December 16th.

Notice for Stephen Chalmers: Unmarked

Syracuse art historian, critic, and writer Nancy Keefe Rhodes has posted a great article about the exhibition Stephen Chalmers: Unmarked, which is currently on view in the Light Work Main Gallery. Having come upon the opening for the exhibition by chance, she appears to have been pleasantly surprised by the series, the photographer, who gave a talk in the gallery, and Contact Sheet 156, which features the work.

Fractionmag also has an article about the show, which will run through May 29, 2010.

Covering photography

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University’s Bird Library, which is right down the street from Light Work, contains an amazing 100,00 printed works and 2,000 archival collections. As part of its Spring 2010 programming, the Center is featuring the exhibition Covering Photography: Imitation, Influence, and Coincidence. The show’s guest curator, Karl Baden (Light Work Artist-in-Residence, 1985), is the founder of the web-based archive Covering Photography. Both the website and the exhibition explore the relationship between the history of photography and book cover design. Comparing the book covers to their “source” images, this relationship ranges in strength from direct appropriation to the possibility of subconscious influence on the designer.

Light Work’s Digital Lab Manager John Mannion worked closely with Baden and the Center to realize the various prints that are staged with the actual books and covers in the show. This project is a great example of the focused, project-specific assistance available through our digital services in Community Darkrooms.

The exhibition runs through April 30, and Karl Baden will host a gallery talk about the project on Tuesday, March 2 at 5pm.

Covering Photography: Imitation, Influence, and Coincidence
January 19-April 30, 2010
Special Collections Research Center
Bird Library, Syracuse University
111 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, New York  13210

As It Happens special event

If you’re in NYC on Thursday, January 14, 2010, make sure to stop by for a special event at Palitz Gallery. Currently on view there is the exhibition As It Happens, which celebrates the Light Work Artists-in-Residence program. The show features work by recent residents, including Kelli Connell, Christine Osinski, Lisa M. Robinson, Kerry Skarbakka, Amy Stein, Krista Steinke, and Marla Sweeney, among many others. The reception starts at 6, and then at 6:30 David Ross and Light Work Executive Director Jeffrey Hoone will be in conversation about Light Work and its renowned residency program, supporting artists, and recent developments in photography.

If you can’t make it on the 14th, the exhibition will be on view until February 11.

Image: Amy Stein, Peri, Route 64, Outside Lexington, Kentucky, 2005

As It Happens
Lubin House: Palitz Gallery
11 East 61st Street, NYC
212-826-1449

Deana Lawson is today's Flak Photo

Andy Adams over at Flak Photo has chosen Sharon, 2007, by Deana Lawson, as today’s featured image. It couldn’t be better timing – the reception for Deana Lawson: Corporeal is tonight at Light Work from 5-8pm.

Flak Photo has a reputation as one of the best places online to enjoy exciting new photography. The site connects international audiences to online art experiences and promotes the discovery of photographers from around the world. Produced by Andy Adams, Flak Photo provides unique opportunities for artists and photo organizations to share new work, book projects, gallery exhibitions, and event updates with a global photography audience.

Check out Flak Photo’s daily updates, and definitely stop by the Corporeal reception tonight if you’re in the area.

Intermissions gets under way

Syracuse is the site of Intermissions, a multi-venue exhibition project featuring Barry Anderson’s colorful and enigmatic video and still work. The exhibition creates opportunities, sometimes in unexpected places, for a refreshing change of view from everyday life.

The first of Anderson’s installations, including a screening of his video Pigeon at the Everson Museum of Art and three billboards in various locations around Syracuse, are up. The exhibition is already making its presence known, with a long front-page article in today’s CNY section of The Post-Standard. Also posted online today is videographer Ellen Blalock’s interview with Barry Anderson – you can watch the in-depth discussion with the artist on Syracuse.com. Finally, open at the Menschel Gallery in SU’s Schine Student Center is Suspension, an exhibition of Anderson’s moving and eloquent aerial photographs.

Click here to see a list of all the venues for Intermissions, and keep your eyes open for Anderson’s work as you drive around town.

Dinh Q. Lê at Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Dinh Q. Lê opens a solo exhibit on May 7, 2009, at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The reception will held the same day from 6 to 9 pm. The show, titled Signs and Signals From the Periphery, will be up until May 30. Dinh participated in Light Work’s artist-in-residence program in 2000.

Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 N.W. 9th Ave
Portland, OR
503.224.0521

Hot off the printer: Community Darkrooms

Community Darkrooms has been busily printing exhibition prints for Admas Habteslasie. The images are now featured in our exhibition Limbo that opened March 16.

It’s a rarely mentioned secret that Light Work/Community Darkrooms regularly prints entire exhibitions under the watchful eye of our digital lab manager John Mannion. These images end up in world-class museums and collections, like Susan Opton’s prints and banners (shown here being sewn together at Community Darkrooms) that will be exhibited at Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain in Great Expectations: Contemporary Photography Looks at Today’s Bitter Years from March 28-June 14, 2009.

When we print the work for our own exhibitions, we only have to move the prints across the hall for framing, yet more often than not these prints travel across the country and the world.

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

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.