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The Arrangement

Juror: Paula Tognarelli
Open 1/11 - 2/4/11 Artists  Reception on 1/16/11 3-5PM

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The tradition of still-life as subject matter has roots deep into the history of art, pre-dating photography as a medium by centuries (Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman works in tile, tempura, and oils among the first).  Fine artists in all mediums, photography included, benefited from the total control they had over the final piece; the art making began with their arrangements of the mostly inanimate objects they intended to represent.  As Vermont Photo Space Gallery owner Ken Signorello aptly points out, “…it is art squared, where one first creates a work of art and then another to preserve it.”

The history of still life in Photography is as old as the medium itself.  Henry Talbot himself produced the first photographic images using the inanimate objects of still life.  In its earliest days, utilizing still life as subject matter allowed for the lengthy exposures necessary for its initial technologies.  Later, in the early 1900s, studies in line and form of object contributed to popular abstractions.  In the 1950s, still-life concentrated on the kitsch, and re-emerged in the 90s after a few decades in obscurity, in perfect partnership with the new trendy super-saturated film stock. 

Overall, the genre has been largely ignored, despite periodic bouts of influence - surprising, for a photographic practice with so much potential.  We are able to manipulate the most minute of details, from choice of object (natural, man-made, found, created), to placement, pick of equipment and film, processing and post-production techniques.

What is still life today?  We want you to show us your arrangements, from advertising to record photography, the abstract to the obvious.  Whether you are an amateur or professional, you may have experienced your still-life photographs as some of your favorite images – Juror Paula Tognarelli wants to see them.

Juror's Statement:

As the juror for The Arrangement I used a broad brush in making final selection choices for this exhibit. I loved the fact that many photographers took creative liberties in interpreting the call and submitted work that moved beyond the traditional still life. I tried to provide a variety of expressions rather than favoring one particular style or methodology.

My goal first and foremost was to assemble a body of strong imagery that worked together rhythmically as a whole. That the work had to be crafted and produced well is a given. Often I chose an image in response to another image. As a result some favorite solo images were sacrificed for the overall articulation of the final "arrangement".

Paula Tognarelli



Juror's Choice

Laurie McCormick
Los Angeles, CA USA

People's Choice

Michael Lew-Smith
Hardwick, VT USA


Alexandru Mandrila
Ypsilanti, MI USA



Anthony Korotko Hatch
Hollywood, CA USA


Armando Borges
Courbevoie, FR France


Barbara Dombach
Holtwood, Pa USA



Barbara Dombach
Holtwood, Pa USA


carol munder
Summerland Key, Florida USA


Carra W. Garza
San Antonio, Texas USA



David Johndrow
Austin, TX USA


Donna Rosser
Fayetteville, GA USA

SOLD

Ed Friedman
Arlington, MA USA



Erik S. Lieber
Brooklyn, NY USA


Erik S. Lieber
Brooklyn, NY USA


Eujin Rhee
Fremont, CA USA



Harold Ross
West Chester, PA USA


Helen Jones
Portland, Oregon USA


Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA



Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA


Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA


Jane Soodalter
Cold Spring, NY USA



Jessica Stambach
Portland, Oregon USA


Joanne McCubrey
Placerville, CA USA


Kally Malcom
Las Cruces, NM USA



Keith Parks
La Mesa, CA USA


Kimberly Post Rowe
Raymond, ME USA


Krista Cheney
St. George, VT USA



Malcolm Easton
Berkeley, Ca USA


Margaret Hiden
Atlanta, GA USA


Mark Schmidt
Altamont, NY USA



Michael Frels
LAKE JACKSON, TX USA


Monica Escalante
Colorado Springs, CO USA


Ofer MizraChi
Modiin, ISRAEL



Pam Steeg
Huntington, VT USA


Philip Hopper
Brooklyn, NY USA


Polly Raine
St. Albans, VT USA



Polly Raine
St. Albans, VT USA


Rebecca Zeiss
Midland, MI USA


Ricardo Febre
McKinleyville, CA USA



Richard Gardner
Huntington, NY USA


Samantha VanDeman
Villa Park, IL USA


Samantha VanDeman
Villa Park, IL USA



sean r stewart
Owen Sound, Ontario Canada


sean r stewart
Owen Sound, Ontario Canada


Stacy Lynn Diehl
Savannah, GA USA



Stephanie Luke
Cottonwood, CA USA


Steve Immel
Ranchos de Taos, NM USA


Steve Immel
Ranchos de Taos, NM USA



Susanna Briselli
Brooklyn, NY USA


Ting-Ting Cheng
London, London UK


Juror: Paula Tognarelli

Paula Tognarelli is Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts.  Opened in 1992, the Griffin Museum promotes an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional, and social impact.  Tognarelli is constantly exposed to the ever-changing photographic landscape through the work of new and established contemporary photographers.  We invite you to add your still-life work for observation from her vantage point.

Paula Tognarelli is Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts.  Opened in 1992, the Griffin Museum promotes an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional, and social impact.  Tognarelli is constantly exposed to the ever-changing photographic landscape through the work of new and established contemporary photographers.  We invite you to add your still-life work for observation from her vantage point.

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