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September Artist Receptions | Lou Jones, Rhonda Lashley Lopez, Zachary P. Stephens, Dylan Everett and Joan Lobis Brown
September 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
We look forward to celebrating our fall exhibitions with you at the museum in Winchester!
Join us in person at the museum on Sunday September 12th at 5pm for a reception featuring Lou Jones, Dylan Everett, Rhonda Lashley Lopez, Zachary P. Stephens and Joan Lobis Brown.
Lou Jones – opens in a new windowDistressed:memories is a photography series begun over twenty years ago by Lou Jones. It has been developed and printed in classic black & white as an homage to the very origins of photography. The images are mostly conceived as archetypal dreams & myths. Using all types of antiquing methods, the prints have been aged (“distressed”) to depict another time, another age and suggest a different period in history, some before photography was invented. Even though captured with modern day equipment and techniques, the primal nature of photography is what is on display. Each image is highly conceptual and meant to break all types of rules about reality and tradition and be the antithesis of normal photography. The Griffin Museum show is the first time the body of work has been exhibited in its entirety.
opens in a new windowDylan Everett – The preface to Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is a series of aphorisms about art and beauty, including the declaration that “all art is at once surface and symbol.” If all art is at once surface and symbol, I create symbolic surfaces. Through the use of photo-collage, still life, and re-photography, my pictures collapse figure and ground into surface. Drawing from a range of references – my personal life, literature, art, pop culture – and cultural signifiers, these surfaces are loaded with symbols. The viewer is invited to decode these symbols, or at least to try. The symbols in my images often function as homages to the people and things that I love or admire: LGBTQ-identified creative figures, gay icons, and personal relationships. In one instance, this manifests as a room constructed of cyanotypes inspired by John Dugdale; in another, a grisaille room winks to George Platt Lynes’ black-and-white male nudes that remained hidden until after his death; rose wallpaper hints at the titular setting of James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room. This series of homages is held together by an aesthetic that strips away any sense of hierarchy among cultural signifiers. In my fabricated spaces, there is no distinction between highbrow and lowbrow, personal or famous, historical or contemporary. The resulting photographs are layered, symbolic works that simultaneously speak to contemporary art and culture, while questioning classic ideas of taste, sensuality, and beauty.
Rhonda Lashley Lopez – opens in a new windowLife Narrated by Nature What if we were able to let go of our egos, to believe we are one small part of the natural world, taking what we need instead of all we can get, giving all we can so all the other species of flora and fauna on this precious Earth can live, too? I walk in the shade of trees, in meadows and alongside streams and on mountaintops, listening to birds and insects and coyotes and the wind and sometimes silence, smelling green, dirt, rocks, the ocean, the deer that bedded down in the leaves the night before, feeling the sun and snow — and I feel happy and so lucky to be here. This is how I survive the news of the day. It’s what I need, and what we all really need in our lonely, disconnected souls: to open our arms to the Earth’s wonders, to wrap our hearts around the solace it offers, to tread gingerly, paying attention, with gratitude.
Zachary P. Stephens – opens in a new windowWatching the Ice Melt is a body of work utilizing cameraless abstraction with the cyanotype process to address issues of climate change through themes of glacial ice melt, memory, and loss. This work asks the viewer to consider the urgency of the climate crisis, even when faced with a global pandemic and social unrest.
Over the past several years, as I watched reports of the climate crisis getting worse, pushing past the point of no return, with extreme weather events, floods, wildfires, rising global temperatures, and more … I felt helpless. I started to create abstract images of various forms of ordinary ice melting on sensitized cyanotype paper to process my feelings. I watched the ice melt by the heat of the sun, the resulting water mixing with the chemistry, swirling and pooling, thinking of the massive mountain glaciers rapidly disappearing, sea levels rising, things that have been and will never be again, of a changing planet that will be my children’s future.
The images from this project have been described as haunting, a word that adequately describes the disappearing glaciers and this dying planet. They are cameraless abstractions utilizing elemental sources such as ice and the sun in conjunction with the 19th-century cyanotype photographic process.
This project has been generously supported by the A.R.T. Fellowship from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation
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