Celebrating its 10th year, the SlowExposures juried exhibition promotes fine photography about the rural, southern United States. I was fortunate enough to be included in this year’s show and even more fortunate to travel down to Concord, Georgia where I got to see the work and meet some of the artists. It’s one thing to see images online and a whole other experience to see prints in person and get engaged with the work. I was in good company last weekend for the opening reception and juror’s talk and it didn’t hurt either to be in a part of Georgia that felt so far away from home, yet felt like I never left piedmont North Carolina. What SlowExposures is doing is really important for the community in Georgia and the work I saw is equally important in the larger discussion of photography. Here are some of SlowExposures 2012′s greatest hits. Congrats to all that were in the show!
I don’t know when it hit me, but I am glad it did. Somewhere in southern Ohio a plan was hatched to make it to Chicago & hitch a ride back east & luckily for me I had time to think about this plan & how much I hated it. It may have been the drunk text that read “Goonies Never Say Die,” the whiskey conversations, or the thought of friends on the left coast, but I am doing this. I’m all in at this point, eyes toward the westward sky, legs pumping away. I want you to be able to follow me, so I am offering a postcard sale. Roughly every 3 days I will be sending out a batch of postcards of photos of my trip so far, with stories or poems on the reverse. They will be 2 dollars each & are available here in the Empty Stretch store. If you would like more than one, please just change the quantity. Below are the first two postcards that will be going out.
Friend of Empty Stretch and faculty member at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Dennis O’Neil is combining photography and printmaking to produce a project called 1,000 Faces. Hear what Mr. O’Neil has to say about the project and how you, an integral part of his process, can help make it all happen.
By altering photographic imagery through innovative and experimental printmaking methods, I am creating unique multidimensional prints that are challenging not only the traditional view of what a screen-print is but how they are made and their evolving relationship to digital media and others of art that rely on photographic material.
I am currently working on a project called “1,000 FACES” that involves a variety of people, including artists, William Christenberry, Renée Stout, Tom Green and David Chung as well as international artists such as Russian, Leonid Tishkov. All of these prints will reflect my collaborative approach.
See some of the examples above. Look on Dennis’ Kickstarter page to view more of his art, find out more about 1,000 Faces, and how, as a backer, you become a participant as well.
At this very moment, Empty Stretch is headed up to the 2012 Flash Forward Festival in Boston. Nate was lucky enough to be asked by Larissa Leclair of the Indie Photobook Library to help go through the collection and curate an awesome selection of 250 photobooks to be on display during this years festival. The library will be up June 8 – 10 and you should make it a priority to swing by and say hello. We even have some copies of TWENTY/12 ($25) and Petty Thieves #1 ($4) for sale and while supplies last a super awesome Flash Forward Festival goodie bag for $30, which includes TWENTY/12, Petty Thieves #1 and some kickass zines. First come, first serve and even if you’re not looking to buy anything say hello, we have plenty of stickers that need to be stuck. Below is just a small fraction of the books that are going to be present at the festival and some personal favorites out of the iPL collection:
Anywhere But Here by Alex McTigue
How Terry Likes His Coffee by Florian van Roekel
Nowhere’s Home by Jordan Sullivan
As I Was Following You by Michela Palermo
Four Years, Three Deaths, Sweaty Armpits, and a Fetus by Sarah Carlier
I Thought You Knew Where All Of The Elephants Lie Down by André Príncipe
Not Many Kingdoms Left by Jeff Luker
February 2012: Guns by Tammy Mercure
TWENTY/12 by twelve awesome photographers!
That’s just a sampling of the 250 that will be on display and if you can’t make it up to Boston this weekend then you can see everything you’ll be missing here.
This one goes out to all our fans in France, which is surprisingly larger than you would think. If you happen to be in Lyon tomorrow night, April 26, then please try to swing by Kolle-Bolle between 6pm-8pm for the launch and exhibition opening for piK magazine. I was very honored to be asked to be part of their first issue along side six other amazing photographers, including a personal favorite Robin Schwartz. The whole Empty Stretch gang wishes we could be there tomorrow night but we’re sure you’ll be loud and obnoxious in our place and please say hello to Isabelle for us too.
For more information about piK Magazine check out their website.
Empty Stretch will be in attendance and exhibiting work in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC tonight. The opening is from 8 – 10pm and we hope each and every one of you can make it out to see us and the hard work our class has done this year. The exhibit opens tonight, April 14, and goes on ’til May 20.