Sunday, December 28, 2008

36th exhibit: PROOF: in Black and White juried by Paul Wainwright

Exhibition Dates: October 28 - November 18, 2006
The public is cordially invited to a reception with Paul Wainwright, the juror and 22 greater Boston area photographers on Saturday, October 28, from 2 - 5pm. A Gallery Talk lead by Wainwright will begin at 3pm. A Closing Reception with informal talk by participating photographers held on November 18th, 2006, from 3 - 5pm.

Image: Naked Barn, East Kingston, NH by Paul Wainwright.

(MALDEN, MA - October 16, 2006) - - PROOF: in B&W, the 36th exhibit at artSPACE@16 opens this Saturday, October 28. This black and white photography exhibit is juried by Paul Wainwright, a renowned large format black-and-white photographer and photography educator from Atkinson, New Hampshire.

Image: Photo by Camille Maren

“PROOF: in B&W” is a black and white photography exhibition restricted to film photography. All prints selected by Wainwright are in traditional silver gelatin and/or other genres of Black and White processes, including sepia toned prints. The exhibition theme is open to the interpretation of all artists concerning their chosen subject or phenomenon of events. The exhibition criteria was for the artist to make a case for their work as being “evidence” of their concept/project.

Currently, Wainwright teaches advanced workshops at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. He said, “I was impressed with the quality and very wide variety of photographs that were submitted for this show. As a “traditional” photographer, it is nice to know that there are so many artists like myself who choose to work in this traditional medium.”

Image: photo by Chris Yeager

A wide range of submissions were received from artists who work with 35mm, the plastic Holga camera, pinhole camera, and large-format cameras. Wainwright has selected 22 photographers to participate in this exhibit based on the artist’s basic technical competence with the medium of black-and-white photography, visual abilities through fine-tuning of film exposure, development techniques, in-depth understanding of the Zone System and precise printmaking skills to achieve the highest level of the Black and White Arts.


Image: photo by Cynthia Katz

The 22 photographers participating in PROOF: in B&W are: Meg Birnbaum (Somerville, MA); Elsa Campbell (East Boston, MA); Walter Crump (South Boston, MA); Stan Czesniuk (Somerville, MA), Don Feeney (Worcester, MA); Matt Gehring (Rochester, NY); Erik Hansen (Maynard, MA); Heyward Hart (Brookline, MA); Silke Hase (Arlington, MA); Cynthia Katz (Concord, MA); Lisa Tang Liu (Medford, MA); Camille Maren (North Andover, MA); Peg O'Connell (Brookline, MA); Ken Richardson (Somerville, MA); Paul Sieswerda (Malden, MA); Marlene Silva (Arlington, MA); Mark Steinberg (Marblehead, MA); Robert William Streeter (Rockport, MA); Lindy Sutton (Boston, MA); Andrew M.K. Warren (Roslindale, MA); Paul Weiner (Somerville, MA); and Chris Yeager (North Cambridge, MA).

Image: Photo by Paul Weiner

Wainwright said, “Given the high quality of the work submitted, it was a difficult process to select photographs for the show. Some of my decisions were based on various technical details, but most were purely aesthetic decisions, directed mostly by the overall look and feel of the exhibit.” Wainwright said he agonized over many of the decisions he had to make owing to his awareness of the amount of effort that goes into making traditional B&W prints. Wainwright supposed, “Everyone who entered work for this show should be commended!”


Image: Photo by Andrew M.K. Warren

“The breadth of the submitted photographs is reflected in the resulting exhibit. For example, there is everything from very literal interpretations to completely abstract images. Some images are studies in geometric forms, and some give more of a feeling. Some are excellent photographs of people, some contain no people at all. Some are tack sharp, and some are not, yet all convey the artistic intent of their creators.” Wainwright said in his juror’s statement.

Image: Photo by Walter Crump.

Wainwright concluded, “As Ansel Adams said, “Every artistic photograph should reveal not only what is in front of the camera, but what is behind it as well.” I am happy to see so many artists putting themselves into their work, and I am honored to be the juror for this show. I hope you enjoy looking at this show as much as I enjoyed selecting the images.”

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Image: Photo by Heyward Hart

PROOF: in B&W runs from Oct 28 - Nov 18, 2006. Exhibition on view these Saturdays: October 28, November 4, 11 & 18. Gallery hours: 12 noon to 5pm. Thursday nights 5 - 8pm, all other days are by appointment. Exhibition programming at artSPACE@16 is supported in part by the LEF Foundation’s Contemporary Work Fund. For more info visit www.artSPACEat16.com.

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Guest Juror Profile: Paul Wainwright is a fine-art, large-format black & white photographer and educator who lives and works in Atkinson, New Hampshire. He has been making black & white photographs for more than 40 years. In recent years, Wainwright has studied with noted landscape photographers Mark Klett, Bruce Barnbaum, John Sexton, and master printer George Tice. Wainwright specializes in traditional, wet-process photography, and produces fine prints for exhibition. His current portfolio includes interpretive images of landscapes and 19th century architecture. His work evokes a feeling of quietness and contemplation, and has been described as being reminiscent of some of the masters of the mid-20th century. Paul Wainwright is a member of the Cambridge Art Association, the New Hampshire Art Association, the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists, and the Newburyport Art Association. Wainwright teaches advanced workshops at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. He has recently been juried into the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Washington Gallery of Photography in Bethesda, MD, the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH, the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso, NM, and the San Diego Art Institute in San Diego, CA.
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Image: Photo by Matt Gehring

This exhibition is supported in part by the LEF Foundation’s Contemporary Work Fund. It also received in-kind support from the Artists Foundation and the artist-volunteers of artSPACE@16. For more information please visit www.artSPACEat16.com.

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