March 27 - May 3
The concepts of awareness, openness, trust, honesty, and effort are at the root of all that I do. I have said that even when I am shooting an inanimate object, I am involved in an emotional relationship with that object. All my work is hopefully both honest and emotional at it’s core.
In collaboration with five outstanding photographers 555 Gallery brings you an exhibition that is both beautiful and thought provoking. Please join this celebration of images created with intelligence and high attention to process and craft.
The strength and power of a woman lies within authentic self-expression. "Ravishing", the second exhibition at 555 Gallery, celebrates women triumphing over personal adversities, in portraits and self-portraits of multi-faceted lives, as reinvented classical beauties, and shielding themselves from eye contact.
Featuring the work of:
Jonathan Stark, Leonard Nimoy, Bear Kirkpatrick, Alicia Savage and Jeffrey Heyne
APRIL 2, 2014
“Ravishing”: breathlessly beautiful, overwhelming, transporting. A word used to describe the extraordinary. In the group exhibit of the same name at Boston’s newest photography venue, 555 Gallery, five photographers reach beyond physical beauty to delve into facets of female strength and spirit. Interestingly, almost all of the artists have explored the visual representation of qualities that are usually invisible to the naked eye by incorporating some sort of head or body covering.
The impetus for this show came from the work of Jonathan Stark, whose collection “Emergence” focuses on the transformation of women who have undergone a physical or psychological ordeal and emerged stronger. Stark’s subjects coat, streak and letter their bodies with mud which cracks and falls away to reveal the skin beneath as a metaphorical expression of their inner transitions. Stark’s approach is multi-faceted, from sensual close-ups of the torso to full-body compositions that capitalize on facial expression and postural language, to double-exposed portraits whose layering creates deeper psychological dimensionality. Using a hand-held camera and B&W film, Stark’s imagery is dynamic, texturally rich and emotionally powerful.
Leonard Nimoy uses veiling to explore eroticism in classical B&W nude studies. In his collection “Eye Contact”, Nimoy strives to capture “the instant between the private and the seen, that brief affirmation of the self, which I find deeply affecting.” Paradoxically, none of the models makes eye contact, their heads always averted, shadowed or veiled. Nimoy explains this was done in an attempt to release the models from their inhibitions but, to me, it seems to impart a denial of self. Despite some dramatic posing, Nimoy’s figures appear static and objectified in his small and beautifully printed high-contrast gelatin silver photographs.
“Ravishing” is a purposely provocative show. 555 Gallery owner and curator, Susan Nalband, offers: “Photography of the female body often lingers between beauty and cruelty, between documentary and fictional repertoire, revealing what lies beneath. The works of the five photographers chosen for this show will excite, sadden, amuse and anger the viewers. The images are as unique as women themselves.”
“Ravishing” will be on exhibit at 555 Gallery in South Boston through May 3, 2014, with a gallery talk by photographer Jonathan Stark on April 19th. For information and directions, go to: www.555Gallery.com