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Juror: Paula Tognarelli

 

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.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:11 January 11
Artists' Reception:16 January 11 00:00
Exhibit Closes:4 February 11
The Arrangement
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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


Fan Art
Juror's Choice
Laurie McCormick
Los Angeles, CA USA
Orogeny
People's Choice
Michael Lew-Smith
Hardwick, VT USA
Knowing things get better with time.
Alexandru Mandrila
Ypsilanti, MI USA

Still Life #0671
Anthony Korotko Hatch
Hollywood, CA USA
Bubbles behavior series
Armando Borges
Courbevoie, FR France
The Sparrow
Barbara Dombach
Holtwood, Pa USA

Finally Free
Barbara Dombach
Holtwood, Pa USA
Old Etruscan Glass
carol munder
Summerland Key, Florida USA
Transverse Orientation
Carra W. Garza
San Antonio, Texas USA

Vase #2
David Johndrow
Austin, TX USA
September 15
Donna Rosser
Fayetteville, GA USA
Old Schwamb Mill Still Life
SOLD
Ed Friedman
Arlington, MA USA

After André Kertész
Erik S. Lieber
Brooklyn, NY USA
Remembrance of Things Past #1
Erik S. Lieber
Brooklyn, NY USA
Empty
Eujin Rhee
Fremont, CA USA

Flying Fish
Harold Ross
West Chester, PA USA
Disposable Dishes
Helen Jones
Portland, Oregon USA
Alice in Wonderland
Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA

Fusion
Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Woman With Shadow
Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Still-life with Olives and Chestnuts
Jane Soodalter
Cold Spring, NY USA

"Arrangement"
Jessica Stambach
Portland, Oregon USA
Bodie Table Setting
Joanne McCubrey
Placerville, CA USA
Relic
Kally Malcom
Las Cruces, NM USA

Caught by a Breeze
Keith Parks
La Mesa, CA USA
orange girl
Kimberly Post Rowe
Raymond, ME USA
Meadow grasses in ice
Krista Cheney
St. George, VT USA

Orbs
Malcolm Easton
Berkeley, Ca USA
America, f@ck yea!
Margaret Hiden
Atlanta, GA USA
Erotic Landscape with Corner
Mark Schmidt
Altamont, NY USA

Barefoot & Brush, Edition 4 of 6
Michael Frels
LAKE JACKSON, TX USA
Flour Field, 2010
Monica Escalante
Colorado Springs, CO USA
la la vOcal
Ofer MizraChi
Modiin, ISRAEL

Fish and Broom
Pam Steeg
Huntington, VT USA
Two: Eggs
Philip Hopper
Brooklyn, NY USA
fruit
Polly Raine
St. Albans, VT USA

In the Attic
Polly Raine
St. Albans, VT USA
Edge
Rebecca Zeiss
Midland, MI USA
Robots
Ricardo Febre
McKinleyville, CA USA

UNTITLED #2/20
Richard Gardner
Huntington, NY USA
Running Horses
Samantha VanDeman
Villa Park, IL USA
Yellow Room
Samantha VanDeman
Villa Park, IL USA

trailer no.4
sean r stewart
Owen Sound, Ontario Canada
comfortable alley no 34
sean r stewart
Owen Sound, Ontario Canada
Untitled #2 from the Pandora's Box series
Stacy Lynn Diehl
Savannah, GA USA

A Still Life
Stephanie Luke
Cottonwood, CA USA
Found Art
Steve Immel
Ranchos de Taos, NM USA
Muffler Art #1
Steve Immel
Ranchos de Taos, NM USA

Four Roses
Susanna Briselli
Brooklyn, NY USA
Still Life with Uniqlo Pear (Edition 1/10)
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.

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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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