Photowork 2018


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Photowork 2018
E. Jason Wambsgans
Juror Statement

In an age of images, our visual sense exists in a constant flood stage. Pictures are everywhere but only the rarest rise above to convey real emotions or ideas beyond the superficial.

In navigating the work submitted I was drawn to imagery that rejected obvious visual language to depict singularity.

I found a diverse group of artists and approaches utilizing the unique strengths of the photographic medium: a single image’s ability to transmit emotional resonance through the subtlest of gestures. Abstract landscapes that hint at social commentary and in their mystery, suggest a multitude of narrative possibilities. Powerful portraiture that speaks in a voice that is delicate and direct. I sought to select a body of work that creates, connected by invisible and intangible narrative threads, a vision of the wonder and mystery of our world. 

The artists represented depict that world in surprising and delightful ways. Ray Koh’s aerial drone imagery of the detritus of modern life is sculptural and beautiful in the abstract and terrifying in the literal. Brian Johnson’s studies of gender convey an off-kilter power with an arresting and delicate ambiguity. Darcy Dangremond’s timeless depiction of weightless joy is uplifting and pure.


Jim Allen - "News" (15"x 15") - $500

Judy Bergman Hochberg - "Homes in Azama, Ecuador" (19"x 23") - $450

Jurors' 3rd Prize

 

Petra Davis - "Return" (12" x 12") - $300

 Mary Dondero -  "Blaze"  (29" x 41") - $900

Mary Dondero - "Blaze" (29" x 41") -$900

Brian Johnson - "Gender in the Balance" (16" x 20") - $5000

Ray Koh - "Thumb Print" (22" x 17") - $1200

Les Muldorf - "Dreds" (20" x 16") - $250

Kenan Simpkins - "Confabulation: The Slide" (11" x 14") - $235

Jack Starton - "Black and silver rock, Vernal Falls, Yosemite" (16" x 24") - $350

Denise M. DeVore - "River" (11" x 14") - $300

Gabriel Gonzalez - "Givem Change" (16" x 20") - $350

Tad Philipp - "Virtual Reality" ( 23" x 29") - $400

Allison Roberts - "Perception of the Ideal III" (19" x 24") - $675

Matthew Stefancin - "Untitled" (14 1/2" x 9") - $120

Bidu Tashjian - "Green Mountain" ("15" x 20") - $550

Trevor Messersmith, "Odysseus" (15" x 15") $350

Mary Dondero - "Astronomical Twilight" (29" x 41") -$900

Linda Heiss - "7 Series #34/2" (28" x 18 3/4") - NFS

Brian Johnson - "Gender in the Balance" (16" x 20") - $5000

Jurors Award 1st Prize

 

David King - "Trees in Falling Snow" (16" x 12") - $275

Joshua Littlefield - "Snap" (19.25" x 16.28") - $800