Sandra Russell Clark - JUJU
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 6th, 6pm-12am (In Conjunction with PhotoNOLA)
On Display Front Gallery: December 4th - February 1st Back Gallery: February 7th - April 12th (Partial Exhibition)
“In 2005 hurricane Katrina hit our small town of Bay St. Louis on the Mississippi coastline destroying our home, studios and nearly all their contents… 30 years of work gone within hours. When I returned to the Gulf Coast and walked through the wreckage I was struck by how most everything had just disappeared, but also by what was left behind…small items that told a story about their owners… a group of dolls or old tools, a rocking horse from childhood, stacks of old LP’s, odd still lifes of tchotchkes and bric- a -brac … all small pieces that were part of someone’s life… mementos, lucky charms, Juju.
As I watched other families return searching their lots for any sign that would connect them to their past it reminded me of scenes I witnessed while photographing in the cemeteries ... people searching for their loved ones... now our town had become a graveyard of memories. Everyone seemed to move in slow motion and no matter how small or insignificant it looked to someone else you could feel the joy and emotion for every piece that was recovered. It was a rather strange thing to focus on but perhaps I was still in shock and couldn't really take in the scope of what had happened...
This experience made me look at objects and images in a different way… I began looking at them as a cultural portrait which is both emotionally and intellectually anchored in memory. As I started to collect objects for this series, some saved from Katrina others from friends collections, the objects took on a whole new meaning…The objects become metaphors in the larger scheme of things…mourning and remembrance, history and culture, childhood and play, desire and longing.” – Sandra Russell Clark
Born 1949. Lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sandra Russell Clark began her photographic career in 1978. She was Director of Photography at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans from 1980 to 1985. Her works have been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad in Italy at the 1989 Torino Fotografia Biennale Internationale; 1991 Braga Fotofestival, Portugal; Museum Ludwig, Koln; Altes Museum, Berlin, Germany; 1993 Museu du Imagem e do Som, Brazil ; 1998 Place du Forum, Recontres Internationales de la Photographie d’ Arles in France and in 2005 Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, London, England. Sandra’s photographs have appeared in Vogue, Elle, The Traveler and American Artist magazines and numerous publications on photography.
In 1997 Louisiana State University Press published Ms. Clark’s book of photographs, Elysium, A Gathering of Souls, New Orleans Cemeteries. Elysium received the 1997 Mary Ellen LoPresti Award for Excellence in Art Publishing from the Art Libraries Society of North America.
An exhibition opened at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans that same year and has been traveling for the past fourteen years to galleries, museums and universities throughout the country mostly through the Southern Arts Federation in Atlanta, Ga. The 34 original images from the exhibition were purchased this spring by the Historic New Orleans Collection for their permanent collection.
Clark’s photographs are included in museum, corporate and private collections in the U.S. and abroad including New Orleans Museum of Art; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; The Historic New Orleans Collection; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson; William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, Ct.; Memphis Brooks Museum, Tn; Guild Hall Museum, NY; Pennsylvania Art Conservatory, Pa. among others.
ARTIST BOOK MAKING WORKSHOP WITH ANNA TOMCZAK
Monday, December 8, 2014, 10am-5pm
Limited to 10 Students | $125 Workshop Fee Register via Scott Edwards: firstname.lastname@example.org
In this one day workshop participants will concentrate on the various methods of integrating photographs into the surface of various art papers and cloth. The intent is to express a visual idea in the form of a unique book with wide creative latitude. A variety of book binding styles and drum binding will be shown and demonstrated.
Surface treatments will be introduced such as coating with wax and hand painting. The workshop will emphasize the photographic image transfer, but is not limited to this and will include other modes of expression – drawing, poetry, collage & illustration.
Only 10 spaces available. 1 day workshop fee – $125, includes some materials. A list of materials will be sent upon registration. Registration and deposit required.
BRUCE SCHULTZ – TINTYPE PORTRAITS & TUTORIALS
Bruce Schultz – Ma Rainey
Friday, Dec 5 & Saturday Dec 6, 2014 , 12pm – 8pm both days
Bruce Schultz will be offering custom Tintype Portraits as well as Tintype Tutorials at Scott Edwards Photography Studio & Gallery during PhotoNOLA 2014.
Portrait Sessions start at $50 and participants will receive an original tintype. Appointments are welcome and will receive a 15% discount. Costumes encouraged, but not required.
Bruce will also be offering Personal Tintype Tutorials. Photographers interested in learning the basic tintype process can gain real hands on experience in shooting and processing there own tintypes. Photographers will create an original tintype, using Bruce's equipment. Tutorials are $100 and are a one hour minimum. Tutorials are available both days.
Bruce will be available on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6, from noon – 8pm on both days. Please call the gallery to book an appointment in advance.
CHEMIGRAM WORKSHOP WITH HEATHER OELKLAUS
Heather Oelklaus – Bandaids, Before and After
Chemigram Workshop with Heather Oelklaus ,Saturday, December 6th – 9am-1pm
Chemigrams with Heather Oelklaus Workshop Fee: $125 Limited to 15 students | Register here
Embrace your playful side and experiment with a fun camera-less image making technique. Using uncomplicated materials and basic darkroom chemistry, students will create one-of-a-kind silver gelatin chemigrams. This photographic process is akin to painting and traditional printmaking etching techniques. Chemigrams are created in full light, without a camera, employing various resists to control the development of light sensitive paper. Artists working in all mediums may benefit from discovering this hands-on method of abstract photography.
No previous darkroom experience is required, and all materials are included in the price of the workshop. Participants will leave with a stack of unique prints and a deeper understanding of camera-less photography.