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Woman behind Door, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters

Vanity + Consolation, the show of hauntingly beautiful photographs from Jo Ann Walters upcoming book by the same title will be closing at +Kris Graves Projects today.  If you haven’t already seen it, I would highly recommend getting out for it today.  In Vanity + Consolation, Walters pictures, made in her blue collar hometown of Alton Illinois, at first glance have the flavor of warm family snapshots.  However upon closer observation, they go to an intimate space that few would dare go with their own families.  This selection of images documents moments of nearly every age of women while men are largely absent.  In that absence, we are able to see the constant conversation that occurs between women and girls over generations.  Most striking are perhaps the light and humorous images of girls at play, even laughing, juxtaposed against the severe images of mature women.  It’s not clear where innocence is lost, but certainly recovering it, if that is even possible, would begin by looking at the journey in an honest way.  Luckily, Walters’ has done much of the work for us.  For more on Walters and Vanity + Consolation, you can read Amy Stein’s interview conducted with Walters on her blog here.

Closing: Today, December 19 2-5, 111 Front St. Gallery 224

Kids on Street Kissing, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters

Kids with Box, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters

Barbara, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters

Mother and Child in Water, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters

Bent over Backwards, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters

Girl with Curler, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters

Bird Girl, photograph by Jo Ann Walters

Elderly Woman, photograph by Jo Ann Walters.

Karaoke Lady, Photograph by Jo Ann Walters

On different note, after today, +Kris Graves Projects will leave the space in Dumbo Brooklyn for as yet undisclosed newer and brighter possibilities.  For the time being, he will be in private dealing.  So I imagine today’s opening/closing will have a decidedly festive feel.  I am going to attend and I am hoping to see you there.

 

Buffalo Ranch, Oklahoma, 2007. Photograph by Becky Holladay.

 

After New York City has been pummeled of late by nature outside, 25CPW is opening it’s Nature Within exhibit tonight which features 18 full time ICP graduates.  The exhibit, curated by Minny Lee who’s work is also in the show, explores the natural world through eyes that are more often focused on the human world.  From the gallery’s website:

Many of the photographs in the exhibit do not have an overt human presence in the subject matter but only trace elements. Some photographs were taken in a familiar city street or local park while others were taken in places as far away as Bolivia, Kosovo and South Korea. Whether we stay locally or abroad, nature is omnipresent and we live within it and thanks to it.

 

Fishing Vessel, Wonsando. South Korea 2008. Photograph by Tom White.

 

 

false awakening from the series mid-water, 2010. Photograph by Sheila Griffin.

 

 

as above 11-17-07-n°0559, 2007. Photograph by Christian Erroi.

 

 

camera design, 2010. Photograph by Liz Sales.

 

 

Untitled from the series Riding the Dog, 2009. Photograph by Brendon Stuart.

 

 

Rio Tinto, 2008. Photograph by Victoria Amián Azcoitia.

 

If you have never been to 25CPW, it’s a former grocery store space turned into not-for-profit art gallery, event space (and now rental studio!).  Join their mailing list here for upcoming events.

25CPW, 25 Central Park West (at 62nd st), Opening Reception: October 15, 6-9pm, Meet the Artists: October 17, 2-5pm

Galeria Tagomago in Barcelona last Thursday.

Fotografia Americana.

The exhibit featuring my County Fair pictures opened in Barcelona last Thursday.  The East coast–West coast theme of the show teamed me up with the wonderful photographs of Aline Smithson of the popular blog, Lenscratch.  Aline, who now lives in LA, represented the West coast with her series, Arrangement in Green and Black: Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother.  Aline and I, as far as I know, were not previously aware of the others’ work so I am all the more grateful to Galeria Tagomago for this introduction.

Aline Smithson's Arrangement in Green and Black in Sala 2.

No. 7. Photograph by Aline Smithson.

Aline’s photographs of her mother in different arrangements with found objects and costumes from yard sales are at first funny then moving as the complicity of Aline’s mother is realized.  The unique collaboration unfolds from image to image.  Aline’s mother’s age added a layer of significance to the collaboration since she never saw the completed series.  Aline writes:

This series had serendipitous beginnings.  I found a small print of Whistler’s painting, Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter’s Mother, at a neighborhood garage sale.  The same weekend, I found a leopard coat and hat, a 1950’s cat painting, and what looked like the exact chair from Whistler’s painting.  That started me thinking about the idea of portraiture, the strong compositional relationships going on within Whistler’s painting, and the evocative nature of unassuming details.
The series incorporates traditional photography techniques, yet becomes richer with the treatment of hand painting.  It is my intent to have the viewer see the work in a historical context with the addition of color, and at the same time, experience Whistler’s simple, yet brilliant formula for the composition.

My patient 85 year-old mother posed in over 20 ensembles, but unfortunately passed away before seeing the finished series.  I am grateful for her sense of humor and the time this series allowed us to be together.

No. 15. Photograph by Aline Smithson.

No. 3. Photograph by Aline Smithson.

No. 13. Photograph by Aline Smithson.

I congratulate Aline for a great showing.  She was not able to make it to the opening, but I can say that her pictures were very popular among the lively crowd.

Last but not least,  special thanks to Vicenç and Valérie Boned of Galeria Tagomago for the opportunity to show at their gallery.  We were blown away by their generosity.

Schnecksville, 2005.

An exhibition of my County Fair photographs opens Thursday in Barcelona at Galeria Tagomago owned and masterfully run by Vicenç Boned and his wife Valérie.  My wife, Tina, my daughter, Gioia (4 1/2) and I are all here for the opening.  What an unbelievable city!  More on this as the week progresses.

Galeria Tagomago, Barcelona. L to R: Gioia, Tina and Vicenç Boned.

Last week the same photographs were included in the GETXOPHOTO Photo Festival Sept 2-5, on the streets of Getxo, the beach town suburb of Bilbao in Basque Country.  This year the festival was curated by Frank Kalero under the theme, In Praise of Leisure. I shared the stage with a very impressive lineup of photographers: Martin Parr, James Mollison, Steve Schofield, Phil Toledano, Martin Schoeller, Naomi Harris, Robert Huber, Nadav Kander, Anoek Steketee, Txema Salvans, Martin Kollar, Andreas Meichsner,Eduardo Arrillaga, Peter Dench, and the Mentalgassi collective.

GETXOPHOTO Festival last week, Sept 2-4.

GETXOPHOTO Festival

GETXOPHOTO Festival

Untitled, from Asser Levy Pool. 2010.

Here is your opportunity to see, in person, the Asser Levy 20×24 Polaroids I have been telling you about.  They will be on view in the back room at +Kris Graves Projects, 111 Front St., Gallery 224, DUMBO, Brooklyn, starting Tomorrow, Sept 2 until Oct 30.  Also showing in the main room is the dark landscape work of Andreas Gehrke so you don’t want to miss this one.  I will be attending the opening tomorrow from 6-8:30.  If you are reading this, you are invited.  Seeing the 20×24 Polaroids in person is nothing like seeing them as jpgs, believe me.  I still can’t take my eyes off them.

Fiumefreddo Bruzio, 2001. Photograph ©Greg Miller

I am included in the Sultry II show at Kris Graves Projects opening tonight.  It includes  a star studded cast including my mentor Lois Conner as well as  Matthew Pillsbury also a former student of Lois’s.  In addition to yours truly, here is the roster:  Jowhara Al Saud, Michael Cardinali, Daniell Cohen, Lois Conner, Jon Feinstein, Jason Hanasik, Gabriela Herman, K Yoland M, Matt Licari, Eduardo Lopez, Matthew Pillsbury, Manjari Sharma, Rafael Soldi, Brea Souders & Sari Wynne.

6:00pm – 9:00pm Kris Graves Projects, 111 Front St., Gallery 224, Brooklyn, NY  11201

I plan on attending so I hope to see you there!

All images and content unless otherwise noted © Greg Miller