“FRESH 2019,” Klompching Gallery’s annual summer exhibition, opens July 17. Co-curated by Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching from a highly competitive international call for submissions, five photographers have been selected to present a selection of photographs from a single body of work.
The exhibiting artists are Emily Earl, Joni Sternbach, Leah Schretenthaler, DM Witman and Rita Maas. Together, the artists represent a range of approaches and treatments in photographic practice. According to the curators, the open call reveals common trends and subject themes each year. For the 2019 edition of the Fresh Annual Summer Show “we see that the environment, our place in it and the photograph itself are front and center,” write Ching and Klomp Ching in the press release. “Additionally, it is apparent that contemporary photography is more than mere images, but very much about the materiality of the photographic object itself—we see image destruction through laser-cutting, use of historical processes with contemporary application, reconfiguration of one process into another and photographs that challenge how we define what a photograph actually is.”
Emily Earl’s Late Night Polaroid series depicts the grit and energy of people frequenting a single strip of bars in Savannah, Georgia. An altogether different type of portrait is presented by Joni Sternbach. For her series Surfboards, the photographer takes surfboards out of their beachside context and isolates them in a studio-like setting. For The Invasive Species of the Built Environment Leah Schretenthaler focuses on the effects of the built environment on Hawaii’s palm-tree-lined landscape. The environment is also the focus of DM Witman’s work. Arctic Elegy pays tribute to the disappearing icebergs of the Arctic. With the Residual Ink Drawings project, Rita Maas collects empty printer ink cartridges and empties the residual ink onto photo rag paper. Once dried, they are scanned and reproduced as inkjet prints, before being assembled into a final abstract piece.
July 17–August 10, 2019
Artist reception July 18, 6:00–8:00pm
Artists Weave, Sew and Assemble to Expand the Photograph
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