The LunchBox Gallery – 2nd opening night of the “Summer Photo Show 2012” – Sept 8th!

Hello LunchBoxers!

We are pleased to invite you to the second opening night of the acclaimed annual group exhibition “Summer Photo Show 2012“, this September 8th from 7-10 pm (though we will be open since noon – 12pm). The show features the photography work of fourteen artists. The showcased pieces are a result of a call for entries oriented to national and international visual artists working in all styles of contemporary photography including any mixed-media art that utilized photography as one of its forms of expression. All photographic methods, formats, types and schools were welcomed.

In this show, The Lunch Box Gallery is exhibiting works of insightful conceptual ideas materialized through exceptional craftsmanship, which are intended to represent fascinating takes and points of view in photography nowadays. The thought behind the image of the artist is very important in this show, yet as important as the final visible result. The range of photography tendencies to be found in the exhibition is vast: from conceptual and documentary photography, to narrative photography, photo-essay, iPhoneography and photo-collage; touching on topics like obsessive-compulsive tendencies, the demystification of the “happily ever after”, performative images that play with childhood materials to reflect on how they determine us, or the mistreated young Muay Thai boxers from a Bangkok slum. They all convey on representing an individual concept and a very particular way of externalizing it.

Photographers participating in the show include:

Sarah Tortora (Connecticut), John William Keedy (New York), Noah David Bau (Boston/Bangkok), Amy Leibrand (Ohio), Miranda Maynard (North Carolina), Lissette Schaeffler (Miami), Aimee Hertog (New Jersey), Dafna Steinberg (Washington DC), Ted Oonk (The Netherlands), Luisa Mesa (Miami), Troy Colby (Kansas), Ramesh Pithiya (Washington DC), Naimar Ramirez (Puerto Rico) and Tracy Thomas (California).

A few lines about the artists and their artworks…

Sarah Tortora (Connecticut) – Sarah’s photographs in this show address displacement by organizing unrelated objects within the frame, where the addition of an anonymous subject in these works further frustrates one’s ability to establish a narrative within the contents of the image; reminding us of our existence in a world of constant material experience and exchange. Her work explores the experiences of the product shot versus the object it depicts, where the product shot arguably fetishizes and idealizes the object to a greater extent than the object can ever achieve for itself.

John William Keedy (NY)- This visual artist is exhibiting three pieces from his intriguing series “It’s Hardly Noticeable”, which explores the complex and meticulous world of a character who is caught between an overwhelming drive to yield to his compulsions and an undeniable desire to blend in with those around him. The portrayed scenarios are the result of a man who struggles to reconcile himself with his differences and obsessions, attempting to find a balance. This series has become a performative way for the artist to indulge his own anxieties.

Noah David Bau (Boston/Bangkok) – He is participating in the show with “This Is My Body”; a series of portraits depicting young professional Muay Thai boxers at a training camp in Bangkok’s most notorious slum. His aim is to deliver the viewer to the intersection of adolescence, commerce, beauty, and brutality, photographing boys that have been orphaned or neglected and discarded, subjected to grueling workouts, brutal body punishment and trained to be merciless. Noah realized these boys are at once admired and unwanted, savage and forlorn, innocent and jaded, becoming inspired to create this series and illuminate these contradictions.

Amy Leibrand (Ohio) – Amy is featuring two pieces from her series “Tensional Perspectives”, which explores situations and conditions characterized by speculative future outcomes. Can we not escape the limitations that define our presence? By exploring the dynamics of boundaries and placements, one’s sense of identity dissolves, bringing about disorientation, but also the possibility of new perspectives.

Miranda Maynard (North Carolina) – “Manners” is a series of conceptual photographs that focuses on the body and food as intimate cultural symbols, and on play as a means of self- determination. Miranda’s work is a process of performing with childish materials and bright colors that were captivating to her in her childhood, but that nevertheless are relevant to a broader audience. She believes there is something infectiously exciting about seeing people playing with the materials they want to play with.

Lissette Schaeffler (Miami) – This photographer is featuring two pieces from her series “By The Hour”, which portrays the rooms of the typical “Pay by the Hour” motels in Miami. The artist incorporated the element of surprise, but never asking to see the rooms before paying for them; like having a rendezvous between the space and herself. What’s really behind this project is the artist’s personal need to discover if she could photograph the urban landscape as comfortably as she did her portraits; finding out she approached them very similarly, treating the rooms as sitters and ultimately becoming portraits of the space.

Aimee Hertog (New Jersey) – Aimee’s work explores what it means to be feminist in a post-feminist era through her series “Defying Gravity”. Starting with sculpture, the artist manipulates wedding gowns to explore the reality behind the myth of living “happily ever after”, and then superimposes them onto claustrophobic, two-dimensional, photographic landscapes. That is how her photographic narratives are created to reflect a disillusionment with contemporary society by emphasizing the dichotomy between “natural” and “artificial”, and highlighting the difficulty women have constructing and retaining their identities in a culture that favors traditional gender roles.

Dafna Steinberg (Washington DC) – Dafna is what you can recognize as an integral artist. Working in photography, video and mixed media, she brings us her complex photographic collages. Always fascinated by details and things in fragment, her series “Little Monsters” takes the spectator’s imagination in a different direction, allowing him/her to wander through different story lines. Her inspiration comes from dreams, the media and how she sees the world, utilizing magazine cut outs, vintage postcards and photographs of unknown people.

Ted Oonk (The Netherlands) – The artist is exhibiting two images from her series “The too-aesthetic database”, a series of non-fictional photographs on her sister Pim who has Down Syndrome. Ted’s work stem from a fascination and discontent that she has in relation towards the way we deal with matters that deviate from the norm, and how imagery contributes to the way we stigmatize. Aesthetic, poetry and intimacy play a great part in her work as well as awkwardness and the pained, providing another kind of perfection which becomes a challenge to keep up with in this image-ruled world.

Luisa Mesa (Miami)- Luisa is renowned by her mixed-media collages that also incorporate illustration, drawing, photography, painting and digital manipulation. The artist interprets our reality as the manifestation of an invisible force that animates it, where life is not flat but full of layers beneath the surface. Luisa introduces old portraits into her work, juxtaposing the old and the new and ‘giving them life’ in a contemporary setting, thus allowing them possibilities they may have never had.

Troy Colby (Kansas) – Trough his series “The Return”, Troy reflects about how in all the midst of the modern advances, we are losing ourselves daily to this life that has lost touch with just being human. We struggle to maintain, control and advance over nature, even in beauty. As age creeps up we do everything to fight it and try to withhold the process from taking place, yet at some point we start to come to an area of acceptance and peace. We have to either put faith in what is to come, or just do not have any more fight left in us. This is the point where we are returning back to where we came, an earlier condition or place; and that’s what is revealed in Troy’s images.

Ramesh Pithiya (Washington DC) – Ramesh creates photographs, sculpture, and site-specific installations that explore how we rely on photography to provide our memories of personal experiences, to frame our understanding of who we are, and to shape and preserve our collective memory of historical events. Inspired by our instinct as archivists, gathering and sifting through the documents and objects, his work documents temporary still life structures that combine political, social and personal material within sculptural compositions; bearing witness to experience how used things or how things can be used in another context, which find their relationship in our daily life.

Naimar Ramirez (Puerto Rico) – Her work presents questions about identity and its relationship to images, reflecting on the dichotomy between what is seen and what is projected through the creation of masks. As intermediaries between the wearer and the outside world, the masks strive to show some ways in which individuals are represented, and how much ‘truth’ can be communicated through this depiction; also, how we re-create ourselves in response to our context by manipulating our own image. Working with what seem to be wearable, interchangeable pieces like free magazines, the viewer can feel as though they can pick and choose what they need, or would like to be like, making of the image/identity a usable object. At the end, Naimar works with a general approach to the way our self-image is informed by outside events and propaganda.

Tracy Thomas (California) – Well-know iPhoneographer, each of Tracy’s montage pieces are shot and edited entirely on an iPhone4; a device that for sure has provided her wings to the whimsical, sometimes bizarre and oft-times humorous alter-ego buried deep inside her. By combining the old with the modern element, Tracy juxtaposes photographs taken prior to the 1940’s with her own shot background elements, reflecting on the contents of the leftover creative imaginings of her childhood mind, bringing to life interesting characters of her dreams.

 

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Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts 2012

Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts
16 July – 25 August 2012

Two courses in photography

The primary aim of Katharina Sieverding’s course is, on a macrosocial level, intensive discussion of the cultural, social and medial positioning of artistic image productions. On a microsocial level, the focus is on the process of finding the potential of each participant, encouraging individual methods of work and articulation, and providing theoretical and practical support for creative development. Assistants Frank Bartsch, Bodo Schlack (both Berlin University of the Arts) and Orson Sieverding (Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design) will provide the participants with experimental and conceptual support in the analogue and digital laboratories

Duration: 6 – 25 August 2012
Details: http://www.summeracademy.at/Courses-2012_230_kurs203.htm
The course with Jo Ractliffe, Not a thousand words: photography and narrative, explores photography’s spaces of slippage – between real and imaginary, fact and fiction, truth and lie. Much of the course will focus on the tension between photography’s documentary status and its fictive capacities, especially with regard to its evocative and associative potentials in narrative construction.
Participants will work as a group on a ‘cut-up’ storyboard project, as well as individually on their own projects, exploring a range of visual modes and forms, image/text relations and narrative strategies.

Duration: 16 July – 4 August 2012
Details: http://www.summeracademy.at/Courses-2012_230_kurs200.html
Costs: € 840.- (red. € 600.-)

Application
The high quality of the courses is guaranteed by the requirement that all prospective participants must apply for acceptance. On the basis of the submitted dossier, the teachers select participants, who will be notified by 31 May 2012. Closing date for applications for courses is 15 May 2012. If numbers allow, later applications may be considered.
Details: http://www.summeracademy.at/Application_136.html
Further information: http://www.summeracademy.at
office@summeracademy.at
T +43 662 842113

16th ART Innsbruck – call for applications

16th ART international fair for contemporary art Innsbruck – ART Innsbruck

NEW for exhibitors – The ART Innsbruck PREMIUM-PACKAGE for perfect luxury!

Try the all-round carefree package for all, who don’t want to care about more extras. Save time and money. All inclusive – all for one price!

All information on our homepage http://www.art-innsbruck.at

Date: 24th – 27th February 2012

Location: Fair hall D (former hall 4), south entry, ing.-etzel-strasse

Presented will be international fine arts of the 20/21st century, mainly after 1960 – paintings, works on paper, original graphics, sculptures, editions, photography, new media

Exhibitors: Galleries and art dealers from 8 – 10 nations

Particular emphasis 2012: paintings, photography after 1960

Curated special exhibitions: Young Art, Russian Art and special exhibition with renown artists

With the ART Innsbruck you’ll find an ideal platform and a precise art-interested public, who is willing to spend their money on a high-class gallery programme.

Info

24th – 27th February 2012; Opening: 23rd February 2012 (preview: 5.30 pm, grand opening: 7.30 pm)

Fine arts from the 20th & 21st century – focus after 1960

3 curated special exhibitions (Young Art, Russian Art and renown artists)

Registration deadline 31st October 2011

Contact

info@art-innsbruck.at
Johanna Penz
Phone: +43 (0) 512 567101
Fax: +43 (0) 512 567233

Address

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ART Innsbruck
Gutenbergstrasse 3
A 6020 Innsbruck
Austria

2011 WPGA Pollux Awards

2011 WPGA Pollux Awards

July Contest of the 3rd Edition of The Annual Pollux Awards.
$ 24,000 in Prizes.
Pollux Award Gala and Exhibition to be held at the Palais de Glace in Buenos Aires.

The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards invites professional and non-professional photographers, as well as photography students worldwide, working in all media and to submit their work to the 3rd Edition of The WPGA Annual Pollux Awards.

Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include old and new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal, emotional or political statements are welcome. Digital or traditional photography or combinations of both are acceptable.

Submissions are accepted only online.

More info: www.thegalaawards.net/call-for-entries/2011-pollux-awards

M-lon at The Lunch Box Gallery

Artist: M-lon
Exhibition: Arrived
Venue: The Lunch Box Gallery
Address: 310 NW 24th St. Miami. USA
Date and hour: 05-14-11  5:30 pm – 10:30pm

Press release:

Arrived gathers 18 photographs intervened with digital illustrations (mixed media) by Venezuelan artist, painter and illustrator M-Lon(Miguel Gonzalez), who combines photography with the use of a WACOM digitalpen, thus giving life to images that equally share the participation of bothreality and fantasy.
This series is born bythe need to awaken reflections about our environment, by means of the visit ofimaginary beings that interact with our context. These entities star in scenesof urban and natural encounters, particular or general ones, within a reality which we would consider they don’t belong to, butnevertheless where they try to find their own space.
By penetrating into anunknown society, these beings attempt to discover our world through innocentfrolicking; and the behavior that sometimes seems vile or spiteful, is nothingmore than a wild and instinctive interaction caused by not knowing the conduct codes of our world. In fact, these are interactions where the process of exploring turns them intopersonifications of feelings and moods in their maximum state of purity;emotions we can somehow relate to.
These approaches, many times nostalgic and curious butalways naïve, along with their visions confronted with joy or lack of it when entering our space, are an invitation todiscover, imagine and reconsider the world that surrounds us.
Arrived reflects on the M-Lon’s idea that when we trulycome close and stop to observe, admire and understand that all these elements,natural or man-made, mean something to someone, it is in that precise momentwhen we will begin to take care, enjoy and respect it all.

A CAPTURED SPECIES: New work by Chris Anthony

MERRY KARNOWSKY GALLERY
MAY 21st – JUNE 18th 2011
Reception for the artist: MAY 21st 8-11pm
170 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Exhibition is in conjunction with painter Kent Williams.

CELESTE PRIZE 2011, 3rd edition

CELESTE PRIZE 2011, 3rd edition
Last day for prize entries 31 July
Final exhibition and awards in New York in November 2011

6,000 € – Painting Prize
6,000 € – Photography & Digital Graphics
6,000 € – Video & Animation
6,000 € – Installation & Sculpture
6,000 € – Live Media & Performance

The 50 finalist artists will be chosen by a jury and selection comittee of international art critics and curators led by Eugene Tan. Each selector will make his or her personal choices known in public, onsite. Names of selectors will be published no later than end of February.

Winners receive

  • Cash prizes totaling 20,000€
  • Promotion and exposure by a New York based press office
  • Personalised, 2 minute video-trailer for each winner
  • 150-page catalogue is free for winners

Benefits for Finalists

  • Cash reimbursement for travel/transport totaling 10,000 €
  • 5 artists invited to an exhibition at the Tria Gallery – New York
  • 2 artists invited to a residency in Lecce and Siena (Italy)
  • 1 artist invited to a residency in Brooklyn – New York
  • Promotion and exposure by a New York based press office
  • 150-page catalogue is free for finalists

Benefits for all participating artists

  • 2 works in Celeste Prize 2011 – New York
  • 2 works in theme exhibitions Producing Censorship – Milan/New York
  • 1 photographer at Shipping Minds exhibition, Coimbra, Portugal, 7-28 May
  • 4 video works in a video screening at Icon Gallery, Coimbra, Portugal, 28 May
  • Fonlad Festival, Portugal, exhibition on the UAVM Museum
  • Student artist receives a free 3 months art course at the Siena Art Institute, Italy
  • Constant international promotion, thanks to priority filters and special displays
  • Facilitated access to over 300 curators and 200 art galleries active in the network
  • Hundreds of artists are contacted in Celeste every year with invitations to exhibit


Final Exhibition, Get to-Know Party, Open Studios in New York

  • Invite to a unique Get to-Know Party pre-final exhibition party
  • Jurors will introduce works in a tour of 50 finalist works
  • Art talk with curators
  • Brooklyn Open Studios